About Us

Latvia Weekly is a fully independent English language news and analysis podcast and blog about the most important happenings throughout Latvia each week. Our weekly podcast aims to highlight and analyze important stories in a digestible and light-hearted way for people who aren't experts about Latvian news and politics, and interview episodes and other specials explore what else is going on throughout the country that might not be in the headlines. "Stories of the day" are also posted on our Facebook page at the end of each evening to keep people even more up-to-date.

Who this is for

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Latvia Weekly is intended for English speakers both living in Latvia and throughout the world to be able to keep up to date with what is happening throughout the country each week. While a few news sources in Latvia do have English language offerings, only the most major stories are usually translated and it is easy to fall out-of-the-loop regarding everyday happenings. Furthermore, many people do not have the time to read, listen to, or watch the news every day, so it is useful for many to have an easily listenable overview of some of the stories that they may have missed.

Who we are

Joe Horgan — Editor and podcast co-host

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Joe is an English, American history, and media teacher and lecturer who has been living in Jelgava and Rīga for more than five years and teaches at the University of Latvia, the Latvia University of Life Science and Technology, and Jelgava Spidola State Gymnasium. He originally comes from Portland, Maine in the United States, and is a dad, a vinyl record collector, and a fantasy (American) football enthusiast.

Otto Tabuns — Podcast co-host and security/defense analyst 

Otto Tabuns is the director of the Baltic Security Foundation and is teaching international security at the Riga Graduate School of Law. With background in international law and political science, Tabuns had worked on foreign and defense policy for five years in Latvian public service and for three years via projects by European and American NGOs. He is the author of ten scholarly articles and co-editor of two books on national and regional security matters.

Olevs Nikers — Podcast co-host and security/defense analyst 

Olevs Nikers is a senior analyst at the Jamestown Foundation think tank based in Washington D.C. He has led the Baltic Security Strategy Project supported by the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation and the Jamestown Foundation (2017-2019), and currently serves as director of the Baltic Sea Security Initiative. Olevs has also worked at Latvia's Ministry of Defense as a Chief Expert, and was  responsible for preparing the Latvian military contingent for international peacekeeping missions as well as planning, coordinating and implementing international development and logistics projects for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He holds masters degrees in Political Science from the University of Latvia and International Relations from The Bush School of Government and Public Service, USA. Olevs currently studies in the Rīga Stradiņš University's doctoral program in political science, and is a member of the Latvian Association of Political Scientists and the Association for Advancement of Baltic Studies.

Andrew Squires — Facebook update contributor

Andrew Squires is a contributor to the Latvia Weekly Facebook Page's "Story of the Day" series. He is a third-generation American-Latvian, a graduate of Syracuse University, and lives outside Denver, Colorado.

Kārlis Zemītis — Facebook update contributor

Kārlis is an architectural technologist working as BIM project coordinator in the private sector. Aside from contributing to the Latvia Weekly Facebook Page's "Story of the Day" series," he is a classic car enthusiast and a technology nerd.

Kris Akenfelds — Columnist and Podcast guest host

Kristofers Akenfelds is a Liepāja-based Latvian-Australian and the author of Latvia Weekly’s "Akenfelds on the Issues" column and occasional guest co-host. In summer 2019, he completed a two-month bike trip along the country's border which was covered by the Latvia Weekly podcast and can also be read about at akenfeldsontheroad.wordpress.com/.

Kristen Carlson — Facebook update contributor and columnist

Kristen M. Carlson is a Fulbright Scholar from America who lived and taught in Riga, Latvia for the 2018-2019 school year. She instructed at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Riga Teika Secondary School. She is a 2018 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA with degrees in communication studies, music, and philosophy.

How can I help?

Please spread the word! Make sure to subscribe, rate, and review us on your favorite podcasting apps, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn, and many more! The more people who are informed about what's happening here in Latvia the better. Share our posts on Facebook, and make sure to press "subscribe" at the top of the page. If you're a Latvian news junkie too and would like to help with the podcast or write an editorial for the blog, send us a message!


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  2. So happy to read about you, Joe. I still remember you in my First Year class at Emmanuel. Your Fulbright scholarship brought you to a very special land... continue to journey and know how special you are. Congratulations on your family! Saint Julie Billiart instructed her Sisters to "Give students the tools they need for life" -- you certainly embrace the world and I am so proud of you. God bless, Sister Karen


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