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For the past three years, the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) with support from its parent organizations: the American Latvian Association, the Estonian American National Council and the Lithuanian American Council, along with the Lithuanian American Community, and  sponsorship from the Baltic advocacy group, Baltivist, have organized annual BalticContinue Reading

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The Baltic Journey to NATO

The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) has launched a new online platform The Baltic Journey to NATO: Exploring the role of civil society, diaspora, governments, and media, which highlights the milestones of the events that led to a successful NATO enlargement and membership for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.Continue Reading

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On September 18th, the Central and Eastern European Coalition (CEEC) held its first virtual policy event called “Resilience and Russian Interference: Neutralizing the Kremlin’s Campaign to Dismantle Democracy.” The motivation behind the event stemmed from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Op-Ed published this past July in the National Interest, and theContinue Reading

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On August 11, Joe Biden announced his pick for a Vice President – Kamala Harris, the U.S. Senator from California. And just last week, they both received a mandate from the Democratic National Convention. During the democratic primaries process, we looked at the candidates and their positions towards the BalticContinue Reading

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Report contributed by Madelena Miniats With the Baltic youth advocacy survey completed, a total of twenty-eight people participated from the United States and Canada, all of Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian descent. The biggest takeaways were that young Balts are interested and ready to engage and participate in Baltic advocacy inContinue Reading

JBANC’s contributing writer Willa Davis recently interviewed Lithuanian writer-filmmaker Karolis Kaupinis.  Kaupinis provides insight into his most recent film, Nova Lituania, which has been picked as Lithuania’s candidate for the best foreign film Oscar nomination.  He also touches upon his background in politics, career in film, and the similarities that canContinue Reading

On Wednesday, November 25th, the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, named Ingrida Šimonytė of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), as Lithuania’s new prime minister.  President Nausėda announced that Prime Minister Šimonytė will be given 15 days to submit an official list of ministerial candidates and a governmentContinue Reading

It has been almost two months since I’ve concluded my Project Manager duties at the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC), which has allowed me some time to reflect on my year in Washington, D.C. I’m so thankful that the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) Scholarship allowed me to work onContinue Reading