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Washington, DC (JBANC) — The ninth Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) conference being held in Washington, DC on April 1-2, 2011 will commemorate fifty years of activism for the Baltic cause.

JBANC, founded in 1961, will hold its half-century conference at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill:

The President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers will be giving the keynote address at the conference on Saturday, April 2.

Friday’s program will include a congressional briefing and evening discussion and reception.

Main conference themes will center on:

1) retrospective look at accomplishments over the past 50 years, including in the past 20 years since the restoration of Baltic independence;

2) current transatlantic and security issues – energy and cyber security, military and economic concerns;

3) activism and ongoing projects – support for democracy in Belarus; the Stalin statue controversy, etc.

The line-up of speakers includes British journalist (The Economist) Edward Lucas, foreign affairs analyst Paul Goble, experts from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and many others.

The basic registration fee for the conference is $180. Registration forms are at:

The Washington Court Hotel is offering special hotel room rates for attendees at $169/night if reservations are booked by March 1, 2011. Reservations can be made by calling either 1-202-628-2100 or 1-800-321-3010 and mentioning JBANC’s conference.

Additional information about the conference and updates will be updated on JBANC’s website and on Facebook and Twitter at: For any questions related to the conference, please contact JBANC at: (tel.) 301-340-1954.

JBANC represents the Estonian American National Council, Inc., the American Latvian Association, Inc., and the Lithuanian American Council, Inc.