The Joint Baltic American National Committee and the Estonian American National Council welcome you to Washington, DC for JBANC’s 13th Baltic Conference and the 2019 Awards Gala hosted by the EANC
November 8 – 9, 2019 Marriott Wardman Park Hotel 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008
PLEASE NOTE: registration deadline is Nov. 4.
Friday, November 8, 2019
9:00-10:00 AM — Registration, Baltic Advocacy Day (United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave, N.E.)
10:00-11:00 AM — Baltic Advocacy Day Briefing (United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave N.E.) 11:00 AM-5:00 PM — Baltic Advocacy Day: Meetings in Congress 6:00 – 8:00 PM — Evening Reception (Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street, S.E.)
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington DC 20018
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and coffee
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome by JBANC President Saulius Kuprys; Remarks by Ambassador of Estonia Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of Latvia Māris Selga, Ambassador of Lithuania Rolandas Kriščiūnas.
9:20-09:45 Opening Address by H.E. Jüri Ratas, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia; introduced by Marju Rink-Abel, President, EANC.
9:45 – 10:10 Morning Keynote
Dr. Michael Carpenter, Managing Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement; introduced by Erik Lazdins, ALA.
10:15 – 11:00 PANEL 1 – One after 100: Perspectives of U.S.-Baltic organizations
Panelists: Marju Rink-Abel, President of EANC; Saulius Kuprys, President of LAC; Dzintars Dzilna, Director of Public Relations, ALA. Moderator: Karin Shuey, EANC.
11.00-11.10 – Break
11:10 – 12:30 PANEL 2 – NATO, Threats, and the Baltic Neighborhood
Panelists: Paul Goble, analyst, writer and columnist, Windows on Eurasia; Eerik-Niiles Kross, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament; JJ Green, National Security Correspondent at WTOP Washington. Moderator: Jaak Treiman, Estonian Honorary Consul in Los Angeles.
12:30 – 2:00 Luncheon Keynote Address
Dr. Andres Kasekamp, Professor, Dept. of History, Chair of Estonian Studies and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; introduced by Karl Altau, JBANC.
2:00 – 3:15 PANEL 3 – Baltic elections: Lessons learned and looking ahead to 2020
Panelists: Anna Ūdre, freelance journalist and Latvia StratCom Contributor at the Center for European Policy Analysis; Karoline Kelder, Strategic communication adviser, Government Office of Estonia; Dovile Sukyte, Policy Analyst (non-resident), Eastern Europe Studies Centre, Lithuania. Moderator: Eduards Ozoliņš, JBANC.
3:15-3:30 – Break
3:30 – 4:45 PANEL 4 – Media Matters and Disinfo Wars
Panelists: Brian Whitmore, CEPA, host of Power Vertical Podcast; Nathalie Vogel, Senior Fellow, European Values Centre for Security Policy, Prague; Maria Belovas, Spokesperson, Delegation of EU to the U.S. Moderator: Karl Altau, JBANC.
6:00 PM – Reception at Hotel
7:00 PM – Awards Gala