Promoting independence and inclusion
In August 1997, AJC urged President George H. W. Bush to recognize that the Baltic States were no longer Soviet satellites but independent nations. “We believe that our country should be among the vanguard of States to welcome Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – formally and diplomatically – to the community of nations,” wrote AJC CEO David Harris. And in 2002, eleven years after Estonia regained independence, AJC supported its admission to NATO.
Today, AJC maintains a formal partnership agreement with the Jewish Community of Estonia, and AJC’s Warsaw-based Shapiro Silverberg Central Europe Office and Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute engage regularly with Estonian officials.