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

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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

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, presidential elections in Belarus took place. During the electoral campaign, the peaceful mobilization of a significant number of citizens has been met by the Lukashenka regime’s use of violence and detentions of protestors, their supporters, observers, media representatives, and opposition candidates.   Unfortunately, during the lastContinue Reading

July 23, 2020, marked 80 years since the impactful Welles Declaration was issued in 1940. The Welles Declaration set a world-wide standard of non-recognition of the Baltic incorporation into the Soviet Union and helped Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania to preserve the continuity of state and to eventually restore their independence. DueContinue Reading