On 17th of September 2019, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) hosted the 10th Annual Baltic Military History Conference titled "Leading Change: NATO and the Baltic States". This year’s conference coincided with the 70th Anniversary of NATO and the 15th Anniversary of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joining NATO.
The Conference brought together several recognised military professionals, including General (ret) Wesley K. Clark, GEN (ret) Klaus Dieter Naumann, and politicians, including H.E. Mr Imants Liegis, to analyse, investigate and explore the leadership, historic changes and key transitions of NATO as well as the Baltic states’ membership in NATO. The conference also examined the latest developments in Europe and Transatlantic, and their impact on NATO enlargement and future.
A key theme of the conference was “leadership” and the agenda offered a unique insight into the interaction between military history and current day decision making. For the second time, the Conference was integrated into the curricula of the Joint Command and General Staff Course being an important constituent of the students' education.
The Annual Conference on Baltic Military History is the longest running conference hosted by BALTDEFCOL. The goal of the conference is to provide participants with insight into how historical experience have influenced modern military thinking.
BALTDEFCOL sends a big thank you to all the speakers and participants. We hope to see you again next year!
More photos of the conference avilable here.