The Kremlin’s ongoing military actions in Ukraine have been a game changer for the hard- and soft-security of America’s Baltic allies.In response, countries like Lithuania are boosting their defense spending; and NATO has increased its footprint in the Baltic Sea.In the realm of energy security, Lithuania has opened new channels for import diversification by completing the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in North-Central Europe. Meanwhile, the country’s level of economic freedom has reached its highest point to date.Yet serious threats to the country’s current defense and future prosperity abound. How can Lithuania improve its security and energy diversification in both the short and long-term? What role should the United States play in these efforts? And how can the transatlantic alliance deter new dangers emanating from Russia?
On November 18, CEPA hosted an off-the-record discussion with Lithuania’s leading policymakers to discuss current challenges facing the Baltic region.The roundtable featured a keynote address by the Deputy Speaker of Lithuania’s Parliament, Chairman of the European Affairs Committee and Former Prime Minister of Lithuania Gediminas Kirkilas and commentary by former Prime Minister of Lithuania and Current Opposition Leader of Lithuania’s Parliament Andrius Kubilius.