On 3-5 December 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will be in London, where she will attend a conference devoted to NATO and also meet with members of the Latvian diaspora.
On 3 December, the Parliamentary Secretary will take part in a conference on NATO’s operations and future, “NATO Engages: Innovating the Alliance”, which is a high-level outreach event held on the eve of NATO Leaders’ Meeting with the aim of facilitating a broader conversation by bringing together policy makers and government officials with representatives of think tanks and universities, as well as the general public. The event will look to NATO’s future, examining how the Alliance deals with geopolitical uncertainty, changing threats and new opportunities. The participants will discuss topics related to hybrid warfare, disinformation, cyber security, how emerging technologies affect security, great power competition and how NATO meets these contemporary challenges.
The conference participants include NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg; Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau; Polish President Andrzej Duda; Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg; Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte; as well as Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Deputy Ministers, Members of Parliaments, and representatives of think-tanks, universities, and the mass media.
On 4 December, the Parliamentary Secretary will take part in a round table discussion between Andra Levite, wife of the President of Latvia, members of the diaspora, and health care professionals about the development of the health sector. On 5 December, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica will take part in the Latvian President’s meeting with the Latvian community in the United Kingdom.
The Parliamentary Secretary also intends to meet with Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy at the think-tank, Centre for European Reform, and in a conference concerning Brexit, held by “The UK in a Changing World” think tank.