Baltic Ways Podcast

Baltic Ways is a podcast bringing listeners insights and interviews from the world of Baltic Studies, hosted by Dr. Indra Ekmanis, Editor of FPRI’s Baltic Bulletin. In interviews with experts, the podcast explores the past, present and future of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — and the many ways these three countries on the Baltic Sea impact the politics, history, and culture of the region and beyond.

Baltic Ways is brought to you by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, produced in partnership with the Baltic Initiative at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.


Baltic Ways, Ep. 1: Reframing the Baltic states: An interview with Dr. Andres Kasekamp

Join Baltic Ways for a discussion with Dr. Andres Kasekamp, professor in the Department of History and chair of Estonian Studies at University of Toronto. In this episode, we speak about the geopolitics of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and their relevance as a region today.

10 years in foreign policy and an eye to new challenges: An interview with Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs

Join Baltic Ways for a discussion with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. In this special edition episode, we speak about the global shifts in foreign policy priorities over the last decade, current human rights and legislative challenges on Europe’s borders with Belarus, competing transatlantic perspectives of Russia and China, and the areas in which Latvia is positioned to lead.

Baltic Ways, Ep. 3: An interview with Dr. Saulius Sužiedelis

Join Baltic Ways for a discussion with Dr. Saulius Sužiedelis, professor emeritus of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on the history of World War II and the Holocaust in Lithuania. Dr. Sužiedelis speaks about his decades of work as a researcher, the dynamic nature of history, and the future of Baltic studies.

Baltic Ways, Ep. 4: An interview with Dr. Dace Dzenovska

Join Baltic Ways for a discussion with Dr. Dace Dzenovska, associate professor of the anthropology of migration at the University of Oxford. Dr. Dzenovska speaks about the changing relationships between people, places and the state in post-Soviet and modern day Latvia, including discussing the impacts of EU tolerance promotion projects and the effects of mobility and migration.

The Host


Indra Ekmanis, AABS

Dr. Indra Ekmanis (PhD, University of Washington) is host of the Baltic Ways Podcast. She is a Baltic Sea Fellow and Editor of the Baltic Bulletin at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and the Newsletter Editor for the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.
Dr. Ekmanis earned her PhD in International Studies from the University of Washington in 2017. Her research focuses on social integration, minority rights, nationalism, civil society and democratic transition in Latvia and the broader Baltic region.
She was previously a Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fulbright research award recipient. She also covered international news and analysis as an editor for public radio’s The World through the ACLS/Mellon Public Fellows Program.

About the Podcast

Baltic Ways is brought to you by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, produced in partnership with the Baltic Initiative at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of AABS or FPRI.

The title of the podcast is a reference to the Baltic Way demonstration of 1989, where 2 million Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians joined hands in a 690-kilometer human chain in protest of Soviet occupation. The logo draws inspiration from the Spīdola radios produced at VEF in Riga, Latvia in the 1970s.
The AABS promotes research and education in Baltic Studies by sponsoring meetings and conferences, supporting publications, sustaining a program of scholarships, grants, and prizes, and disseminating news of current interest in Baltic Studies. Founded on December 1, 1968, at the first conference on Baltic Studies at the University of Maryland, the AABS is an international educational and scholarly non-profit organization. The primary function of the association is to provide an open forum where scholars can present their views on all facets of inquiry connected to Baltic Studies.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute is dedicated to producing the highest quality scholarship and nonpartisan policy analysis focused on crucial foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. We educate those who make and influence policy, as well as the public at large, through the lens of history, geography, and culture. The Baltic Initiative in FPRI’s Eurasia Program analyzes the geopolitics, geo-economics, defense and security issues of the Baltic Sea region, and their role in European security as well as their implications to the United States.

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