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Confirmed keynote speakers

Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford)

Corneliu Bjola (Ph.D., Univ. of Toronto, @cbjola, is Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford and Chair of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group. 

He is the author or co-editor of six books, including the forthcoming volume on Countering Online Propaganda and Violent Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy (2018) and Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (2015). His work has been published in the European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, International Negotiation, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Global Policy, Journal of Global Ethics and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy.

His current research interests relate to the impact of digital technology on the conduct of diplomacy with a focus on strategic communication & digital influence as well as on theories and methods for countering disinformation and propaganda.


Daunis Auers (University of Latvia)

Daunis Auers is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Latvia. He studied at the London School of Economics and defended his PhD at SSEES, University College London and has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley (2005-2006) and a Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Scholar at Wayne State University in Detroit (2014).

He has published widely on political parties, elections and referendums as well as populism and the radical right in the Baltic states. His book – The Comparative Government and Politics of the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 21st Century – was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

His recent research in the Certus think-tank, where he is research director, has been policy-oriented, focusing on the growth and economic impact of international students in Latvia, projecting of Latvia’s demographic future as well as research the competitiveness of the city of Riga.