On May 31st, 2016, the IE International Relations was proud to host Ambassador of Lithuania to Spain: Skaistė Aniulienė. Ambassador Aniulienė took us through the history of Lithuanian and its current role in the region today. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Lithuania gained its independence in 1994. However, the Russian army still remained in its territory. In order to fully disconnect, state building became the main priority.
Since Lithuanian was newly independent, they needed recognition from other countries in order to be legitimate and Iceland was the first country to do so. Later, in 2004 Lithuanian joined the European Union and NATO for a peace program. The mid 1990s to mid 2000s were known as a Return to Europe Era, historically, culturally and economically. 
Lithuania is a leader in the Baltic States and in North-eastern Europe because of its geopolitical position. Ambassador Aniulienė explained that Lithuania is very active in shaping the EU’s agenda. They take the threats in Ukraine and the Baltic Sea very seriously and have high surveillance in both regions.
After the presentation, the floor was open for questions, where students asked about current Russia-Lithuanian relations. In addition, questions concerning the Ukrainian War were discussed.
It was a great privilege to have the Lithuanian Ambassador on campus because it gave students a new perspective on the region from a country that is not always a huge actor in global news.