Is there a common Baltic cultural identity? How have Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania dealt with integrating Russian-speaking communities within their societies? And what role do youth groups and education play in these initiatives? We spoke with the Kennan Institute’s Title VIII Research Scholar Indra Ekmanis about her efforts to identify and understand cultural identity in the region. That’s the focus for this episode of Wilson Center NOW


Indra Ekmanis is a Title VIII Research Scholar at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. She completed her PhD in International Studies at University of Washington in 2017 where her research focused on social integration and democratic transition in Latvia. Her current project examines the effects of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Baltic independence movements and post-Soviet transition.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.