Riga-VilniusWeek-Long Study Tour | Terrorism & Security Program

Required Course(s)
European Security Dilemmas
Spring semester

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
  • Experience the distinctive lifestyle, culture, cuisine, and architecture of Riga and Vilnius, two hidden gems in the European landscape

Possible Activities

  • A visit to the Latvian and Lithuanian Parliament and ministries of national defense
  • Meetings with experts from the leading Latvian and Lithuanian security think tanks
  • Meet with politicians and security experts in Riga and Vilnius
  • Explore the cultural, architectural, and historical urban fabric of Riga and Vilnius through guided tours and visits to selected museums