The U.S. Dimension of Security in the Northern Baltic Sea Region


Pe 2.9.2016 klo 16:00-18:00
Nordic Hotel Forum
Viru väljak 3

After the end of the Cold War, the Baltic Sea security tensions considerably lessened. However, after the conflict in Ukraine, the tensions and anxieties have been increasing. Unthinkable only a few years before, military security matters have become a regular discussion topic. Although the likelihood of any dangerous military escalation remains low, the mutual dependency of all the actors on the Baltic sea access does not seem to hinder the worsening of relations. This seminar will chart the current concerns about the Northern Baltic Sea region (north of Kaliningrad), a clearly strategic region which has been relatively under-examined. How has the security situation changed in the Northern parts of the Baltic Sea? How is the region seen from Washington? How has the U.S. geostrategic practice - traditionally emphasizing access to sea – reacted to the events in the region? What is the geoeconomic significance of the region to its coastal states? How do NATO-member states and NATO partners see their common interests in the region and what are the possible cleavages?


Saulius Gasiūnas, Director, Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Department, Ministry of Defense, Lithuania

Marta Kepe, Analyst, RAND Europe

Kalev Stoicescu, Research Fellow, International Centre for Defence and Security

Katarina Tracz, Director, Stockholm Free World Forum

Chair: Anna Kronlund, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

For further information, please contact: Marie-Louise Hindsberg, tel. +358 9 432 7712,