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. 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.

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About the Hosts:

Dr. Indra Ekmanis is the editor of FPRI’s Baltic Bulletin, and a Baltic Sea Fellow in the Eurasia Program. She was previously an editor for public radio’s The World through the ACLS/Mellon Public Fellows Program, where she focused on worldwide migration and European issues. Dr. Ekmanis recently completed a fellowship as a Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholar at The Wilson Center. She has a PhD in International Studies from the University of Washington. Her academic research looks at social integration, minority rights, nationalism, civil society and democratic transition, with an area specialization in the Baltic Sea Region and post-Soviet space. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary edited volume on disinformation in the Baltic region.



Ben Gardner-Gill is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Engagement for the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. In this role, Ben oversees AABS’s donor relations and fundraising efforts, social media channels, grant and award advertisements, and quarterly newsletter. He has been serving as the guest host of Baltic Ways since January 2023. Ben earned his BA in History from Stanford University with a concentration in Modern Europe and a focus on historical memory. He studied abroad through Stanford’s center in Berlin, and conducted field research in Central Europe.




Explore Episodes 

The View from Ukraine: An interview with Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk

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...

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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. Subscribe to our newsletters:  FPRI’s Baltic...

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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,...

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Who Speaks For Eastern Europe?

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...

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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...

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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...

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Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on Latvia’s Foreign Policy Challenges

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...

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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...

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