VilniusWeek-Long Study Tour | Politics & Security Program

Required Course(s)
European Security Dilemmas

The Baltic nations are on the front line of the complex security challenge that pits a divided NATO against a resurgent Russia. After regaining independence in 1991, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have undergone a remarkable transformation from the communist to the Liberal world order. But today – despite the ostensible security provided by membership in both the European Union and the NATO military alliance – these nations are working vigorously to ensure they are prepared for the potential threat of conventional warfare and the ongoing challenge of cyberwar.

Tour Objectives

  • Gain a nuanced understanding of the distinctive security challenges facing the Baltic nations
  • Carefully examine why Baltic security is tightly linked to NATO security in general and Swedish security in particular
  • Apply the major theoretical perspectives from security studies to the real-world challenges - and strategies - of the Baltic nations

Possible Activities

  • Meet with local Lithuanian politicians and experts
  • Meet with local security and military experts, and visit a Soviet bunker
  • Visit relevant museums and institutions in Lithuania, such as the Lithuanian Parliament, Presidential palace, and the museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights