International Security Policy & Putin’s Russia

Professor Joe Siracusa joins the panel Night Owl Session at Lithuania's 2019 Snow Meeting

Professor Joseph Siracusa has recently returned from Lithuania where he participated in the 12th annual Snow Meeting, a meeting which brought together international security policy experts on 10-11 January 2019. Notable attendees included foreign ministers of Ukraine, Slovakia and Latvia, and Ben Hodges, former commander of the United States Army Europe.

Professor Siracusa was on the panel for the Night Owl Session, which discussed strategies towards Putin’s Russia. Fellow panellists included the Ukraine Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin; the Polish Secretary of State, Krzyszlof Szczerski; Commander of NATO Forces in Lithuania, Col. Jakob Larsen; Brian Whitmore, Director of Russia Program, Centre for European Policy Analysis, Washington D. C.; and Sven Sakkov, Director of International Centre for Defence and Security, Estonia.

While attending the two-day meeting, Professor Siracusa also participated in a briefing on security by the President of Lithuania. The briefing, held at the Presidential Palace, outlined the current challenges faced by Europe and the United States.

Professor Joe Siracusa outside the Presidential Palace, Vilnius, prior to Presidential briefing on security challenges to Europe today.Professor Siracusa, in front of the Presidential Palace, Vilnius, prior to Presidential briefing on security challenges to Europe today.

Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the annual Snow Meeting has been held since 2008. The Ministry states that the informal meetings “bring together Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts to discuss major challenges facing the transatlantic community today and responses to them.”

“The meeting will discuss ways to maintain a strong transatlantic link and to strengthen NATO, which plays a major role in contributing to the Alliance’s collective security.”

“A total of about 100 high-ranking diplomats, advisers, parliamentarians, experts from analytical and research centres, as well as international and security policy experts from about 15 countries, NATO and EU institutions will also attend the meeting.”

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