Baltic Ways 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.
Harry Merritt. ©Harry Merritt, 2022.
Baltic Ways, Ep. 9: Latvian Units in World War II: An interview with Dr. Harry Merritt
What happens when families and nations fight on both sides of a great power war? Dr. Harry Merritt is a visiting assistant professor in the department of history at Brown University. He shares his research on national and familial feelings among Latvian soldiers in World War II, who were conscripted into the Latvian Legion and Latvian Rifle Corp as the country was occupied by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Soldiers in both units spoke Latvian with one another, celebrated national holidays, sang traditional songs, and often thought of themselves and their comrades-in-arms as serving the Latvian national cause. Dr. Merritt explores the human stories underpinning this history and what it means for greater narratives in his chapter for the recently published Defining Latvia.
This interview was recorded in March 2022.
Loader, M., Hearne, S., & Kott, M. (2022). Defining Latvia : Recent explorations in history, culture, and politics. Central European University Press.Merritt, Harry C. (September 2022). “Latvia & World War II.” The New York Review of Books.
Volodymyr Dubovyk. ©Volodymyr Dubovyk, 2022.
Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk is a professor of international relations at Odessa I. Mechnikov National University and an expert in U.S.-Ukraine relations, Black Sea regional security, and Ukrainian foreign policy. He speaks about the view from Ukraine, how his work has shifted during the war, and takeaways for Ukraine from the Baltic states.
Andrei Belyi. ©Liis Treimann, Ärileht, Shutterstock, 2022.
Baltic Ways, Ep. 7: The Energy Trilemma: An interview with Dr. Andrei Belyi
As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, Europe faces an energy trilemma: Combining competitiveness, security and climate targets. Dr. Andrei Belyi joins the podcast as an expert consultant on European and Russian energy policy.
Al-Chalabi, F. (2010). Oil policies, oil myths : Analysis and memoir of an OPEC ‘insider’. London: I.B. Tauris.
Belyi, A. (2015). Transnational Gas Markets and Euro-Russian Energy Relations (International political economy series). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
Agnese Lace. © Agnese Lace, 2022.
Baltic Ways, Ep. 6: Ukrainian Refugees in Latvia: An interview with Agnese Lāce
Since the war in Ukraine began, more than 20,000 Ukrainian refugees have made their way to Latvia. Agnese Lāce is an expert in migration and integration policy in Latvia. She shares insights about the grassroots efforts on the ground, the political response, and what the support for Ukrainians might mean for refugees and asylum seekers from other countries arriving in Latvia.
This interview was recorded on April 11, 2022.
Maria Mälksoo. © Maria Mälksoo, 2022.
Baltic Ways, Ep. 5: Who Speaks For Eastern Europe? An interview with Dr. Maria Mälksoo
Join Baltic Ways for a discussion with Dr. Maria Mälksoo, senior researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Military Studies. Dr. Mälksoo speaks about the ever-pressing question of agency in Ukraine and the Baltic states, deterrence on NATO’s eastern flank, and Eastern and Central European scholarship in international security studies.
This episode was recorded on February 16, 2022.
Uses of ‘the East’ in international studies: provincialising IR from Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of International Relations and Development
Captive Minds: The Function and Agency of Eastern Europe in International Security Studies, Journal of International Relations and Development
Saulius Sužiedelis. © Saulius Sužiedelis, 2022.
Baltic Ways, Ep. 4: Historical perspectives: 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 work as a researcher, the complexities of historical narratives, and the future of Baltic studies.
This discussion was recorded in February 2021.
Dace Dzenovska. © Dace Dzenovska, 2022.
Baltic Ways, Ep. 3: The Paradox of Europeanness: 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.
This discussion was recorded in February 2021.
Read more: School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia (Cornell University Press, 2018).
Edgars Rinkēvičs. © Edgars Rinkēvičs, 2021.
Baltic Ways, Ep. 2: 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.
Andres Kasekamp. © Andres Kasekamp, 2021.
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.
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.