Strategic Challenges in the Baltic Sea Region

June 18, 2018 - 1:00 pm

1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
Please join the Atlantic Council's Transatlantic Security Initiative and Future Europe Initiative for a public event on “Strategic Challenges in the Baltic Sea Region: Russia, Deterrence, and Reassurance” on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington DC, 20005).
 
As an assertive Russia continues to threaten the stability and security of the Baltic Sea region, NATO’s deterrence posture and readiness continues to evolve. The nations of Northern Europe are also working to address the current gaps in national defense capabilities and ensure the security of the Baltic Sea region.
 
At this crucial juncture for the future of Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region the Atlantic Council is hosting a public discussion on the new book “Strategic Challenges in the Baltic Sea Region: Russia, Deterrence, and Reassurance” edited by Council senior fellow Ann-Sofie Dahl. This new book sheds light on the complex security challenges of the Baltic Sea region, and provides insights on next steps for bolstering defense and deterrence in the region.

Featuring:

Dr. Ann-Sofie Dahl
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Dr. Andres Kasekamp
Professor, Elmar Tampold Chair of Estonian Studies
University of Toronto

Dr. Robert Lieber
Professor, Department of Government
Georgetown University 

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow 
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council



Bios

Dr. Ann-Sofie Dahl
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council
 
Ann-Sofie Dahl is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She has been an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC since 2001 and a senior research fellow at the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Military Studies between 2013 and 2016. In 2012 she was a visiting fellow at NATO Defense College in Rome. She has also been previously affiliated with research institutions in Scandinavia and in the United States, including Princeton University and Georgetown University.

She was also the founder (1996), first secretary general and vice president (1996-2007) of the Swedish Atlantic Council. She also cofounded the Danish think tank CEPOS in 2004. She served as vice president of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) between 2002 and 2005, while constantly working as a columnist and op-ed writer who regularly contributes to the Swedish and Danish press.

She holds a PhD in international relations from Lund University in Sweden, and she is an associate professor (Docent) in the subject. She has authored, contributed to and edited many books and publications on Baltic Sea security, Nordic-Baltic security, NATO and its partners and the transatlantic link. Ann-Sofie Dahl is a Swedish national who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. She speaks Swedish, English, Danish, and Spanish.

Dr. Andres Kasekamp
Professor, Elmar Tampold Chair of Estonian Studies
University of Toronto

Professor Kasekamp is a professor and Chair of Estonian Studies at the University of Toronto. He is also  currently the President-Elect of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.

He was also a professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu in Estonia, and he served as the Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute. Professor Kasekamp was also a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. Professor Kasekamp served as the editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies and served as the Chairman of the Board of the Open Estonia Foundation.

Professor Kasekamp earned his BA from the University of Toronto, and he later earned his Doctorate in History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, part of University College London.

Dr. Robert Lieber 
Professor, Department of Government
Georgetown University

Professor Lieber is a professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University and currently chairs the executive committee of Georgetown’s Program for Jewish Civilization. He has previously served as Chair of the Government Department as well as Interim Chair of Psychology.

Professor Lieber has served as an advisor to presidential candidates as well as to the US State Department. He has also advised the drafters of the US National Intelligence Estimates. Professor Lieber has held a multitude of fellowships positions from Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has also held a variety of teaching positions including at Harvard and Oxford Universities.

Professor Lieber has authored or edited 17 books relating to international affairs. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin and earned his Doctorate in Political Science at Harvard University.

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council
 
Ambassador Vershbow was the deputy secretary general of NATO from February 2012 to October 2016. 
 
Prior to his post at NATO, Ambassador Vershbow served for three years as the US assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating US security and defense policies relating to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including NATO), the Middle East, and Africa.
 
From 1977 to 2008, Vershbow was a career member of the United States Foreign Service. He served as US ambassador to NATO (1998-2001); to the Russian Federation (2001-05); and to the Republic of Korea (2005-08). He held numerous senior positions in Washington, including special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council (1994-97) and State Department director for Soviet Union affairs (1988-91). During his career, he was centrally involved in strengthening US defense relations with allies in Europe and Asia and in transforming NATO and other European security organizations to meet post-Cold War challenges. He also was involved in efforts to support democracy and human rights in the former Soviet Union.

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