BGF and LATO co-organize The Quad Roundtable at the Riga Conference 2020

Nov 8, 2020Event Updates

The Quad Roundtable is a special side event of the Rīga Conference 2020, Session Quad Roundtable” the Quad Group, AIWS Social Contract and solutions for world peace and security”, co-organized by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) and the Boston Global Forum (BGF). 

The Quadrilateral Initiative – informally named the Quad – first began in May 2007 with a meeting between the US, Japan, India and Australia in the Philippine capital Manila.

The informal grouping, championed by Japan’s then prime minister Shinzo Abe, was viewed by analysts as an attempt to step up co-operation in the face of a rapidly rising China.

Prime Minister Suga told reporters he would seek to “promote a free and open Indo-Pacific” and also “build stable relations with neighbouring countries including China and Russia”. So when Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greeted each other in front of a bank of American and Japanese flags on October 6, 2020 in Tokyo, they exchanged what was surely the longest fist bump in their nations’ seven-decade alliance, a nearly 15-second joining of knuckles.

On 16-18, September, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and the Boston Global Forum co-organized the Policy Lab “Transatlantic Approaches on Digital Governance: A New Social Contract in the Age of AI”, in which presidents, prime ministers, distinguished thinkers, and scholars discussed the Social Contract for the AI Age, and saw it as significant standards for world politics and economy in the 21st century.

How can the Quad Group support and maintain peace and security? What is the role of each member?

How can the Quad contribute to peace and security in the European, Atlantic, and Baltic regions?

How can democratic governments support and use the Social Contract for the AI Age as standards for international relations and for peace and security?

How can democratic governments recognize and implement the Social Contract for the AI Age?


14:30-14:40 Opening Remarks

Sandis Šrāders, Member of the Board of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation


Social Contract for the AI Age, presenter Professor Nazli Choucri (MIT)


Speech of Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the Boston Global Forum (US)


Yasuhide Nakayama, Defense State Minister (Japan)


Senator Kimberley Kitching, Chair of Foreign Affair, Defence and Trade Reference Committee (Australia)


Ambassador P.S Raghavan, Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board (India)

16:00-16:25 Q&A Session

16:25-16.30 Concluding

Sandis Šrāders, Member of the Board of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation

16:30- 16:40 Thank you and next steps,

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum, Co-Founder of the AI World Society Innovation Network