Karl Altau

Managing Director of the Joint Baltic American National Committee

With the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) since 1997, Karl Altau has helped conduct extensive advocacy on behalf of the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian central organizations in the United States. This includes the period of NATO accession for the three Baltic countries, the campaign for Magnitsky sanctions against human rights violators, support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia, and for democracy in Belarus. He has addressed the Baltic parliaments and the United States Congress on the work of the Baltic-American communities.

A native Virginian with a degree in journalism from Radford University, Altau has lived and studied in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and at Indiana University. Altau has served on the boards of the Maryland-Estonia Exchange Council, which helps promote the Maryland Sister States Program, and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation from 2004-2017. He spent three years with the consular section of the Embassy of Estonia in Helsinki, Finland from 1992-1995.


Thursday March, 2

Panel I: Global Powers Deter Russia

This panel brings together experts to examine how global powers may work together to stop Russia's aggressive behavior. The emphasis will be the strategies of different and processes for dealing with Russian expansionism and aggression, including the military, economic, and diplomatic measures that would be necessary to contain this threat. The panel will also delve into the effectiveness of these efforts, and the challenges and opportunities for further cooperation. With tensions between Russia and the international community remaining high, this panel provides a timely and important discussion on how the world is working to deter Russian aggression.