Reviews & Briefs

Analysis: Latvia's Elections: The View from Afar

Baltic Bulletin, Foreign Policy Research Institute, October 22, 2018.

After the votes were tallied in Latvia’s October 6 parliamentary election, foreign news media headlines exclaimed that pro-Russia party Harmony dominated the 13th Saeima (parliament) elections. But the real story is in the shift toward something new.

Data: US voting results in 13. Saeima Latvian elections by polling place

Analyzed for: Latvia's Elections: The View from Afar Baltic Bulletin, Foreign Policy Research Institute, October 22, 2018.
13. Saeima elections//US votes

Op-ed: The Forest not the Trees: Hidden Successes of Latvian Integration

Baltic Bulletin, Foreign Policy Research Institute, July 27, 2018.

A pitfall of integration talk in media, politics and academic research, is a tendency to focus on points of difference. But in Latvia, the lines between Russian speakers and Latvians are constantly blurred in everyday experiences—even in some of the most Russian-speaking areas of the country.

Interview [video]: Is There a Common Baltic Cultural Identity?

Wilson Center NOW, interviewed by John Milewski, January 17, 2018.

Is there a common Baltic cultural identity? How have Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania dealt with integrating Russian-speaking communities within their societies? And what role do youth groups and education play in these initiatives? Wilson Center NOW spoke with the Kennan Institute’s Title VIII Research Scholar Indra Ekmanis about her efforts to identify and understand cultural identity in the region.

Op-ed: The Wrong Rubric: Social Connection, not Language, is Key to School Integration in Latvia

Baltic Bulletin, Foreign Policy Research Institute, December 20, 2017.

In a rural school in Latgale, breaks between classes are noisy with students joking, laughing, and playing. In class, they speak Latvian — in the hallways, Russian, too. More families are sending their children to the Latvian stream, even if they speak Russian at home. Even if they speak Russian at home, many families see it as a positive for their children to learn in Latvian. This unforced shift in the "most Russian" region is a clear example of ethnic school integration that’s working.

Op-ed: The Non-Citizen Non-Question: Latvia Struggles to Leave Soviet Legacy Behind

Baltic Bulletin, Foreign Policy Research Institute, October 18, 2017.

Twenty-five years after the Soviet Union collapsed, 52 newborns in Latvia became former citizens of a country that no longer exists. They are Latvia’s “non-citizens”—a stop-gap status that has become a chronic blight on Latvia’s post-Soviet democratization.

Brief: A universal good? Norm-driven priorities in European Space Policy

Carnegie Space Security Initiative, University of Washington, June 1, 2016.

The European Union is broadly considered to act as a normative power. Concern for the health and welfare of people and the planet extends to Europe’s approach to space. How does this translate into its engagement with space industry?

Book review: We are here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, by Ellen Cassedy

Lituanus 62(3), pp. 100-102, 2016.

Book review: Nation-building in the Baltic States: Transforming governance social welfare and security in Northern Europe, by Gundar King & David McNabb

Journal of Baltic Studies 46(2), pp. 269-271, 2015.

Jaunā Gaita 279, Spring 2015. (In Latvian)

Latvija Amerika Nr. 18, May 2, 2015. (In Latvian)

Book review: Unforced flourishing: Understanding Jaan Kaplinski, by Thomas Salumets

Jaunā Gaitā 280, Summer 2015. (In Latvian)

Book review: Baltic façades: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1945, by Aldis Purs

Lituanus 59(4), 2013.

Jaunā Gaita 273, Summer 2013. (In Latvian)

Book review: Vilnius: City of strangers, by Laimonas Briedis

Jaunā Gaita 272, Spring 2013. (In Latvian)

Book review: Deception: The untold story of East-West espionage today, by Edward Lucas

Jaunā Gaita 271, Winter 2012. (In Latvian)

Ellison Center for Russian East European & Central Asian Studies Newsletter | Selected commentary:

‘More to do’: Grigas speaks on European energy security (May 2014)

Panel analyzes Euromaidan as events unfold (January 2014)

Singing across the Sea: UW Music Department strengthens ties to the Baltic (November 2013)