Virtual roundtable „The Ukrainian War and the Belarusian Crises: threats and challenges to the security of the Baltic States“

Ukraina war

The Internal Security Institute of the EASS will organize a virtual roundtable on 14 December 2022 entitled "The Ukrainian War and the Belarusian Crises: Threats and Challenges to the Security of the Baltic States".

The Russian-Ukrainian War and growing tensions in the post-Soviet space are signs of the return of geopolitical thinking. Russia’s revanchist policies, as well as its growing number of hybrid offensives, pose a serious threat to neighbouring countries. The Baltic States will gain main security guarantees by participating in transatlantic and EU-level security cooperation. At the same time, regional cooperation and knowledge of the conditions and experiences of neighboring countries will enhance a nation's resilience and deterrence capabilities.

The seminar will discuss the impact of the conflict in Ukraine and Belarus' border crisis on the Baltic states. In addition, experiences and options for managing security threats will be discussed.

10.00 – 10.05 Introduction and opening words - moderator Algo Rämmer, researcher of the Internal Security Institute, Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
10.05 – 10.30

Security problems caused to the Republic of Lithuania by the Ukrainian War and Belarusian hybrid attacks - Gediminas Bučiūnas, lecturer, School of Law, Mykolas Romeris University; Law faculty, Vytautas Magnus University

10.30 – 10.35 Q/A
10.35 – 11.00 Securization of orthodoxy in Ukraine and Baltic states after 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine - Alar Kilp, political scientist, scholar of religion and politics, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu
11.00 – 11.05 Q/A
11.05 – 11.30 Social media as security threat in the Ukrainian war example - Hannes Nagel and Sofiia Kostytska (Kyiv), Tallinn University, NGO Crisis Research Center
11.30 – 11.35 Q/A
11.35 - 12.00 Searching for security: Baltic states, interstate cooperation and geopolitics - Algo Rämmer, researcher, EASS
12.00 - 12.05 Q/A
12.05 – 12.30 Break
12.30 - 13.00 Final discussion
13.00 - 13.10 Takeaways and closing the event

    *The organizers remain the right to make changes to the Agenda

    Registration is closed!

    The working language of the seminar will be English, starting at 10.00 (according to local time, (EET)).

    The round table will take place in the MS Teams environment. Participants are kindly requested to make sure that the application is running on their computer or smart device and download it if necessary.

    We will open virtual access to the MS Teams room on 14 December at 9.30 (local time).

    The event will be recorded. Please tick the appropriate box on the registration form to receive a recording.

    Further organisational information will be sent to all registrants by e-mail the day before the event.  


    Additional information:
    Triin Rätsepp, research coordinator of the EASS
    e-mail: triin.ratsepp [at]