Dr. Margarita Šešelgytė

Associate professor
Research areas
European Studies
international relations

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Assoc. prof. Dr Margarita Šešelgytė is the Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University. Before that, Dr Margarita Šešelgytė worked as Deputy Director of Studies at Vilnius University IIRPS, Baltic Defense College (Tartu, Estonia), Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania and European Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

In 2007 Margarita Šešelgytė defended her dissertation on the common EU defense identity at the IIRPS.

Dr Šešelgytė is an Honorary Fellow at Baltic Defense College, a member at Ares Group board and member of Editorial Board of the Baltic Security and Defence Review (Baltic Defense College). Her main research interests are the EU foreign and security policy, Security and Defence Studies, International Relations, and Foreign Policy Analysis.

Courses taught

International politics

Security Studies

Introduction to Security Studies

Bachelor's Colloquium

Compulsory Practice

Research interests

EU foreign and security policy

Security Studies

International Relations Theory

Foreign Policy Analysis


Šešelgytė, Margarita. Lithuania as host nation // NDC research paper Lessons from the enhanced forward presence, 2017-2020 / edited by Alexander Lanoszka, Christian Leuprecht, Alexander Moens. Rome: NATO Defense College. 2020, p. 71-79. (NDC Research Paper, ISSN 2618-0057, eISSN 2618-0251 ; vol. 14). https://epublications.vu.lt/object/elaba:76295052/MAIN

Šešelgytė, Margarita. Three themes for NATO 2030 in the Eastern flank: conventional “Build-up”, addressing hybrid challenges and strengthening the community of values // Towards #NATO 2030: the regional perspective of the Baltic States and Poland / editors: Māris Andžāns, Mārtiņš Vargulis. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2020. ISBN 9789934567551. p. 188-201. https://liia.lv/en/publications/towards-nato2030-the-regional-perspective-of-the-baltic-states-and-poland-896?get_file=1

Šešelgytė, Margarita; Bladaitė, Neringa. How to defend society? Baltic responses to hybrid threats // Small states and the new security environment / editors: Anne-Marie Brady, Baldur Thorhallsson. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2021. ISBN 9783030515287. eISBN 9783030515294. p. 73-86. (The World of Small States book series (WSS), ISSN 2627-5996 ; vol. 7). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51529-4_6

Šešelgytė, Margarita; Indrašiūtė, Emilė. European defence version 2.0: what does it offer for Lithuania? // Lithuania in the global context: national security and defence policy dilemmas / Giedrius Česnakas and Nortautas Statkus (editors). Vilnius : Generolo Jono Žemaičio Lietuvos karo akademija, 2020. ISBN 9786098277029. p. 117-130. https://vb.lka.lt/object/elaba:68867305/68867305.pdf

Šešelgytė, Margarita. Baltic concerns and moderate engagement // L'Europe en formation: Centre international de formation européenne. ISSN 0154-9928. 2019, no. 2, p. 177-193. https://www.cairn.info/revue-l-europe-en-formation-2019-2-page-177.htm

Bladaitė, Neringa; Šešelgytė, Margarita. A new security provider? Lithuanian - German security cooperation // Perception of Germany in the security of the Baltic Sea Region / editors: Andris Sprūds, Elizabete Vizgunova. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2018. ISBN 9789934567278. p. 115-135. https://www.liia.lv/en/publications/perceptions-of-germany-in-the-security-of-the-baltic-sea-region-748?get_file=1

Šešelgytė, Margarita. PeSCo: the Lithuanian perspective // ARES policy papers. Paris: Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques. 2018, no. 29, p. 2-11. https://www.iris-france.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Ares-29.pdf

Šešelgytė, Margarita. The EU and NATO in Baltic Sea region: effective partnership or unnecessary competition? // The Rīga conference papers 2019: NATO at 70 in the Baltic Sea Region / editors: Andris Sprūds, Māris Andžāns, Sandis Šrāders. Riga: Latvian institute of international affairs, 2019. ISBN 9789934567414. p. 135-145. https://www.lai.lv/publikacijas/the-riga-conference-papers-2019-nato-at-70-in-the-baltic-sea-region-815?get_file=

Šešelgytė, Margarita. Giving CSDP a chance: a position of „pragmatic scepticism“ in Lithuania // Security of the Baltic Sea region revisited amid the Baltic centenary: the Riga conference papers. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2018. ISBN 9789934567254. p. 56-63. https://liia.lv/en/publications/security-of-the-baltic-sea-region-revisited-amid-the-baltic-centenary-the-riga-conference-papers-2018-741?get_file=1

Šešelgytė, Margarita. Armament and transatlantic relationships: the Baltic States perspective: comment // Armament and transatlantic relationships: the Baltic States perspective. ARES. 2019, November, p. 1-9. https://www.iris-france.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Ares-47.pdf