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NATO, as a defensive alliance, plays a key role in protecting its member states from a range of direct and indirect threats emanating from its more immediate region. The nature of the current strategic environment, in particular the War in Ukraine, has a profound impact globally, including across the Indo-Pacific and Euro-Atlantic regions. To stay secure, NATO must look to the future together. NATO is reaching out to friends across the globe to clearly demonstrate unity of purpose, and the shared values and principles of such countries. In this talk, Mr Janis Sarts, the Director of NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, will reflect on NATO's 360-degree approach to collective defence and three core tasks, as outlined in it's 2022 Strategic Concept, namely deterrence and defence; crisis prevention and management; and cooperative security, and where like-minded nations from the region, including Australia, can play a cooperative role.

The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence is recognised globally for its dedicated academic research, doctrine development, provision of education and training, and publications concerning this field of high-level international communication, and its annual hosting of the renown Riga STRATCOM Dialogue conference. During the period of 9 – 15th of February 2023, Mr Janis Sarts, the Director of NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, based in Riga, Latvia, will be visiting Singapore and Australia. During his visit, he will be meeting with counterparts across the Government, academia and strategic Think-Tanks, to discuss the important role of strategic communications in the current global environment, and especially in light of the ongoing conflict caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Director Sarts' visit also builds on strengthening the Australian-Latvian ties, as represented by the opening of the Latvian Embassy in Canberra in August 2022, during the official visit by His Excellency, Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Edgars Rinkevics, and recognises the strong Latvian-Australian community of more than 20,000 people.


February 15, 2023



Light refreshments served

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Bryce Wakefield (National Executive Director of Australian Institute of International Affairs)

Bryce Wakefield

National Executive Director of Australian Institute of International Affairs

Dr Bryce Wakefield is the national executive director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and a visiting fellow at the Australian Nat...

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