By Indra Ekmanis
Don’t cry “wolf” unless you want him to hear you and eat […]
After two six-hour layovers in Los Angeles and Istanbul, two trips through American security, three in-flight films, and four terrible hours of sleep, I was about to fulfill my life-long goal of traveling to Russia.
By Indra Ekmanis In a celebration of family and new contributions to the field of Baltic studies, UW Baltic scholars and interested community members gathered at the Seattle Latvian Center Sept. 28 to honor Prof. Emeritus Gundars Ķeniņš-King and his recently published book, Nation-building in the Baltic States: Transforming Governance, Social Welfare, and Security in Northern Europe. The program included a musical introduction and talks by co-author David E. McNabb, professor emeritus at Pacific Lutheran University, and Guntis Šmidchens, head of the Baltic Studies Program at UW. The book maps out the transition from Soviet vassals to modern European states for the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It capitalizes on the expertise of its authors, both of whom have spent considerable time in the Baltic region.