The Centre for East European Policy Studies (CEEPS) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2006. Its main goal is to contribute to the advancement of Latvian foreign policy by building upon an understanding of Russia’s development and foreign policy posture. CEEPS concentrates on Russia’s regional foreign policy, its relationship to the Baltic States and the European Union, studying Russia’s soft power, compatriots and media policy, public diplomacy and other tools of direct or indirect influence. It analyzes historical politicization and ideological issues in Russia. CEEPS takes into account international experiences and promotes an active exchange of opinions by cooperating with research institutions in Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, and other countries. CEEPS organizes local and international seminars and discussions to raise awareness of the daily challenges presented by Russian policies. It regularly presents its work at conferences, seminars, discussions and other events in Latvia and abroad, while regularly engaging with media.