On May 23-24, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) co-sponsored and participated in the sixth annual meeting of the Riga Dialogue in Riga, Latvia. The event was hosted and organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) and focused on “Crisis Management and Strategic Stability in the Euro-Atlantic Community.”
Meeting participants from Russia, Europe, and the United States, including NTI National Security Consultant and Senior Director , addressed the status of conventional and nuclear arms control given uncertainty about the future of traditional, treaty-based arms control regimes. The discussion emphasized three themes: the increasing prominence of China in discussions of Euro-Atlantic security; the need for dialogue and crisis management between nuclear powers to reduce the risk of escalation; and the continuing challenge posed by Europe’s regional conflicts to efforts to improve security relations. The event closed with a public session on “Russia and the West” attended by members of the press, the diplomatic community in Riga, and others.