Rīga Conference 2006 "Transforming NATO in a New Global Era Riga", November 27-29, 2006, Rīga

Over the last decade, it has become a tradition to gather the world’s leading thinkers on NATO prior to major Alliance summits. Also this year, along with the NATO Rīga Summit, a high-level conference on foreign and security policy - Transforming NATO in a New Global Era - was held in Rīga, Latvia.

From 27 to 29 November, senior policymakers, influential opinion shapers and prominent academics from all over the world gathered in Rīga to explore the issues at the heart of the transatlantic agenda relevant to the global community - NATO’s continuing transformation and its changing role in the new global era. Particular emphasis was placed on NATO’s innovative outreaches, including its growing global partnerships and long-term plans for enlargement, as well as NATO’s critical role in energy security. Special series of private breakout sessions also offered free discussions on such issues as NATO’s operations in Afghanistan, its contributions in the Balkans, and its relations with Russia.

The Conference’s signature format allowed free-flowing discussions accompanied by important keynote addresses from senior leaders. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of Latvia, Patroness of the Conference and the Host of the NATO Summit, addressed the Conference and participated in many of its events. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary-General, and George W. Bush, President of the United States, also made addresses at the Conference.

The Rīga Conference was organised jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organization, the Strategic Analysis Commission under the Auspices of the President of Latvia, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Ministry of Defence of Latvia.