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Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand: The success of NATO strategic communications has to be based on the cooperation of the members of the alliance

25.08.2015

Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand participated today in the opening of the new premises of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga. At the strategic communications conference organized by the centre of excellence, Kaljurand emphasised that with the changes in the security situation, the importance of communication has also increased. “NATO has to be ready to take action not only in crisis situations, but also be effective in peace times and more persistent in explaining its actions to the public,” the Foreign Minister stated.

According to Kaljurand, it is important that member states of NATO worked together for the sake of effective strategic communication. “Strategic communication is not anything special or new, but it has always simply been a part of every kind of political decision.  Every political step has a communicative effect and this has to be taken into account.” At the conference, NATO’s ability to defend itself when its societies are attacked with false information or manipulation was touched upon several times. “When confronting false information or swaying campaigns by extremists, it is important that Western countries spoke with one voice and delivered clear messages. We have to fight with objective facts against lies, to better coordinate our actions, to analyse and share our best experiences and to contribute to the development of our communicative ability and skills,” Foreign Minister Kaljurand stated.  “Nowadays effective communication plays a greater role than ever before in making decisions and explaining them to the public from the very beginning,” she added.

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis, Latvia’s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, Poland’s Vice Prime Minister and National Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak, Lithuania’s Defence Minister Juozas Olekas, Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Georgia’s Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze and US Senators John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse participated in the conference panel “Stratcom’s Role in NATO Transformation.”

NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom COE) started in January 2014 in Riga. In July of the same year, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Great Britain signed a memorandum of cooperation in connection to the founding of the centre. Estonia has joined the centre and Colonel Aivar Jaeski is the Deputy Director of the centre.

Further information: http://www.stratcomcoe.org/lv/NewsandEvents/News/2015/8/7.aspxhttp://www...

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