Vilnius Democracy Forum discusses democracy and lack thereof east of Lithuania

Monday afternoon saw about 200 academics, political scientists, diplomats, members of the Seimas (parliament), democracy promoting think-thanks and action groups gathering in the Presidential Palace in Vilnius for the start of a two-day conference to discuss democracy or the lack thereof, particularly east of the Lithuanian border.
Karen Dawisha delivering Keynote Address Photo Ludo Segers

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