Sun Tzu in his famous tractate about the military strategy advises - in order not to become predictable and vulnerable, one has to be able to be “formless” and not to become a system in the eyes of the foe. But it is an easy task do decipher the basic principles of the West, and this transparency is simultaneously the greatest achievement and the most vulnerable point of our democracy
On 20 August 2015, the Center for International Studies presented the research “The Euro-Atlantic Values and Russia’s strategic political Communications in Euro-Atlantic Space” in the high-level conference “The Riga StratCom Dialogue: Perception Matters”, organized by NATO StratCom COE.
On 20th August some of the most influential minds from the world of strategic communications, media, defence and security, gathered in Riga to discuss how strategic communications can strengthen the defence capabilities of NATO in the new information environment.
The agenda of the conference included topics such as the lessons learned from ISAF operations in Afghanistan, how NATO can improve its defence by using strategic communications, what is the role of social media in modern conflicts, and what communication methods DAESH is using to recruit new supporters and disseminate their propaganda.
“This will be the first high-level conference on strategic communications organised by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, and hopefully it will become a long-term tradition to share the expertise on topical strategic communications issues”, said Jānis Kārkliņš, Director of the NATO StratCom COE.
High level session, “StratCom’s Role in NATO Transformation” featured Mr. Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia, Dr. Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of Latvia, Mr. Tomasz Siemoniak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence of Poland, Ms. Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Mr. Juozas Olekas, Minister of Defence of Lithuania, Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs, Foreign Minister of Latvia, Mr. David Bakradze, State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and other high ranking officials from the COE’s sponsoring, supporting and partner countries.