Kremlinite party-pooping proves ineffective
Attempts by certain parts of the domestic and foreign media to portray Latvia's centenary celebrations in a negative light had little effect, according to a new piece by LSM contributor Anna Ūdre for the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)
Latvia to maintain troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq
Despite US forces' expected withdrawal from Syria and reduction of their mission in Afghanistan, Latvia's National Armed Forces will continue its mission in Iraq and Afghanistan where Latvian troops are training local armies, the Defense Ministry told LSM January 22.
Adviser to Defense Minister lobbied for firm competing in huge tender
Defense Ministry non-staff adviser Ģirts Kalniņš had lobbied on behalf of a South African company competing at a €200m tender by the National Armed Forces. Furthermore, when the tender had been issued, Kalniņš looked into ways of changing procedure, according to LTV's De Facto.
New Canadian commander in Latvia "ready to do the mission"
The new senior officer in charge of NATO's "enhanced forward presence" (eFP) battalion in Latvia said January 9 he is prepared to deal with the possibility of disinformation efforts trying to portray the mission in a negative light as he embarks on the latest six month rotation of forces.
The story of NATO's Spanish "steel house" in Latvia
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has posted a short documentary film online following the progress of a Spanish Pizarro fighting vehicle and its crew during deployment to Latvia as part of the alliance's enhanced forward presence in the Baltic states.
Rīga STRATCOMCOE report calls for "algorithmic transparency"
A new publication from the Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) takes an original look at the current problems plaguing social media with the dissemination of fake news, propaganda and straightforward lies.
Poland to take lead in NATO Baltic Air Policing mission
The Polish Air Force is preparing to return to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, leading NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from January 2019 on, while Germany continues to be the augmenting nation flying out of Ämari Air Base, Estonia, NATO announced December 13. 
Right to armed resistance written into law
Should Latvia face a military attack, its inhabitants will have a legal right to armed resistance and to support civil and military partisan movements, according to amendments to National Security Law adopted by the parliament October 4.
Download a new report on regional security
Anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms from geopolitical rumination following the recent Rīga Conference can get a fresh fix of regional security issues in a new publication launched at the event.