I lived in Riga, the Latvian capital, from 1999 to 2003 just before the Baltic States became European Union member states in 2004. EU membership was to be a ticket to prosperity, and along with NATO membership, provide security. There was optimism that the Baltics would catch up with the richer EU15 countries and perhaps […]
About Hilmar Þór Hilmarsson
Dr. Hilmar Þór Hilmarsson is a Professor at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge during the autumn semester of 2017. He served as a Specialist and Coordinator with the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. from 1990 to 1995, at the World Bank office in Riga from 1999 to 2003 and the World Bank office in Hanoi from 2003 to 2006. From 1995 to 1999 he served as a Special Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Iceland. Professor Hilmarsson has had recent visiting appointments at Stockholm School of Economics, University of Washington, Cornell University and UC Berkeley.