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 28 Nov, 2006 - Address by the President of the United States George W. Bush to the participants of the Young Leaders Forum and of the Rīga Conference

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minster, Senator Sessions from the great State of Alabama who is with us. Marc Leland, my friend from a long period of time. I want to thank the rector of this important university, distinguished guests, ladies and gentleman, thank you for your warm welcome. I am delighted to be back in Riga.

Link to White House transcript of Bush speech

29 Nov, 2006 – Session 4 at the Rīga Conference: Europe’s Future: Is Enlargement Still in the Cards – and what happens if it is not?

Mr. Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,

H.E. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia

Mr. Kurt Volker, Principal Assistant Secretary of State, U.S. Department,

The Hon. Karl Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag

Dr. Ivan Krastev, Program Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies

29 Nov, 2006 – Session 3 at the Rīga Conference: Integrating the Transatlantic Defense Industry

Mr. Alexander Nicoll, Director of Defense Analysis

The Hon. Jeff Sessions, United States Senator

The Hon. John Smith, Member of the British House of Common Select Committee of Defense

Dr. Thomas Enders, Chief Executive Officer, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company

28 Nov, 2006 – Session 2 at the Rīga Conference: Afghanistan – New Challenges for NATO’s Transformation

Mr. Fred Kempe, President, The Atlantic Council
H.E. Radoslaw Sikorski, the Minister of Defense of Poland
H.E. Peter MacKay, the Foreign Minister of Canada
General James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander Europe
The Hon. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, National Security Advisor of Afghanistan

28 Nov, 2006 – Session 1 at the Rīga Conference: A New Global Role and Partners for NATO?

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Counselor, Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Mr. Philip Stepens, Associate Editor, Financial Times
The Honorable Hans Haekkerup, Former Defense Minister of Denmark
Dr. Francois Heisbourg, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
Dr. Alyson Bailes, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

28 Nov, 2006 – Opening Session – THE RĪGA CONFERENCE

Mr. Craig Kennedy, President, GMF- The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Mr. Rob Liberatore, Group Senior Vice President of Global Affairs and Public Policy, DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
H.E. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, The President of Latvia
H.E. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary General

27 Nov, 2006 - Rīga Conference: Opening Gala Dinner hosted by The President of Latvia, Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freibega

 Prof. Žaneta Ozoliņa, Chairperson, Strategic Analysis Commission under Auspices of the President of Latvia
H.E. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, The President of Latvia
H.E. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary General
The Honorable Richard G. Lugar, Chairman, U.S. Senate Foreign Relation Committee


Dick Lugar

"In 1991 NATO stood at a crossroads. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the Alliance could have declared victory and disbanded. Instead, NATO chose to adapt to the new security environment and build on its legacy of being the most successful security and defense organization in history

- Sen. Dick Lugar,
U.S. Sen. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman