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Lennart Meri Conference "Making Values Count" AGENDA

Friday, May 13

 

18:00-19:15

Opening session

  
 
Making Values Count

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 Toomas Hendrik Ilves President of the Republic of Estonia

György Schöpflin Member of the European Parliament for Hungary

Lilia Shevtsova Senior Associate, Moscow Carnegie Center

Kurt Volker Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO

Moderated by:

Edward Lucas International Editor, The Economist

  
19:20Transfer to the Kumu Art Museum
  
19:30

Dinner, hosted by President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves

 

 Keynote speaker: Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

(By invitation only)

  

Saturday, May 14

 

8:00-9:30

Breakfast sessions (held under the Chatham House Rule)

  
 
Nordic-Baltic Security Co-operation: Supplementing or Supplanting NATO?
 

 Alyson Bailes Visiting Professor, University of Iceland in Reykjavik

Artis Pabriks Minister of Defence, Deputy Prime Minister, Latvia

James J. Townsend Jr. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S Department of Defense 

Krister Wahlbäck Ambassador (ret.), Professor Emeritus, Foreign Ministry, Sweden; University of Umeå, Sweden

Moderated by:

Tomas Ries Senior Lecturer, Swedish National Defence College
  
 
Cyber Defence: From Hype to Implementation
 

Jaak Aaviksoo Minister of Education and Research of Estonia

Kenneth Geers U.S. Representative, Cooperative Cyber Defence, Centre of Excellence (CCD CoE)

Jamie Shea Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO HQ 

Moderated by:

Francois Gere President, Institut Français d’Analyse Stratégique (IFAS)

  
 
China’s Role in the World: Global Citizen or Mercantile Bully
 

 Jia Qingguo Professor, Associate Dean of the School of International Studies, Beijing University

Lars Fredén Swedish Ambassador to China and to Mongolia

Bobo Lo Independent Scholar and Consultant

Fedor Lukyanov Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs

Moderated by:

Karlis Neretnieks Senior Researcher, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  
 
Pie in the Sky: The Politics of NATO’s Missile Defence
 

Robert Nurick Consultant and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Robert Pszczel Director, NATO Information Office in Moscow 

Dmitri Trenin Director, Carnegie Moscow Center

Celeste Wallander Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense  

Moderated by:

Merle Maigre Policy Planning Unit, Private Office of the Secretary General, NATO HQ

  

9:30-11:00

Panel discussion

  
 
Europe's Economy: Pain, Gain and Lessons (Not) Learned

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 Anders Åslund Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Francois Bujon de l´Estang Senior International Adviser, Citigroup

Valdis Dombrovskis Prime Minister of Latvia

Siim Kallas Vice-President, European Commission

Moderated by:

Steven Erlanger Journalist, The New York Times

  
 

Coffee

  

11:30-13:00

Panel discussion

  
 
EU Foreign Policy: Failing, Flailing or Finding Its Feet?

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 Carl Bildt Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Steven Everts Member of the Vice President Catherine Ashton’s Cabinet

Wolfgang Ischinger Global Head Government Relations, Allianz SE

Karel Kovanda Former Deputy Director General, External Relations, European Commission

Moderated by:

Jackson Diehl Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post

  

13:00-14:00

Lunch

  

14:00-16:00

Optional events:

 

 Tour of Tallinn's Old Town, guided by Estonian Defence Minister Mart Laar

Tour of the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (number of participants is limited)

"Soviet heritage" tour

"Wooden Tallinn" - tour of early 20th century Kalamaja residential area

  

16:00-17:30

Panel discussion

  
 
Will the Arab Spring Wither or Bloom?

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 Rania Al Malky Editor-in-Chief, Daily News Egypt

Jackson Diehl Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post 

Mohamed Elagati Researcher & Executive Director, Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA) 

Heather Grabbe Director, Open Society Institute – Brussels

Moderated by:

Kurt Volker Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO

  
 

Coffee

  

17:45-19:15

Panel discussion

  
 
Be Careful What You Wish For: Russia's Multipolar Blues

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 Ivan Krastev Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

Bobo Lo Independent Scholar and Consultant

Dmitri Trenin Director, Carnegie Moscow Center

Celeste Wallander Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Moderated by:

Robert Cottrell Founder, The Browser

  
19:30-20:00
Memorial Event in Remembrance of Ron Asmus (in the Lounge Bar on the 24th floor)
  

20:00

Networking dinner in the conference hotel

  

21:30

Night-Owl sessions (held under the Chatham House Rule)

  
 
Ukraine: Can the West Stop the Downward Spiral?
 

Anders Åslund Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

David Kramer Executive Director, Freedom House, Washington, DC

Hryhoriy Nemyria Former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Foreign Policy Adviser to Yulia Tymoshenko, All-Ukrainian Union ‛Batkivshchyna’

Andrew Wilson Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Moderated by:

Per Carlsen Ambassador of Denmark to Latvia

  
 
False Posture? NATO after the American Drawdown
 

 Janusz Bugajski Director, CSIS New European Democracies Project and Senior Fellow of the Europe Program

Jüri Luik Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO

Paul Schulte Non-Resident Senior Associate/Senior Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/King's College London

James J. Townsend Jr. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Moderated by:

General (ret.) Sir Garry Johnson Chairman, International Security Advisory Board (ISAB)

  
 
Russia’s Leadership and 2012: Election, Selection or Ejection?
 

 Andrei Illarionov Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Boris Nemtsov Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia

Andrei Piontkovsky Leading Researcher, Institute for Systems Studies

Lilia Shevtsova Senior Associate, Moscow Carnegie Center

Moderated by:

Marie Mendras Professor, Sciences Po University, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales

  
 
Right on? Do the New Radical Parties Challenge the Consensus - or the System?
 

Steven Erlanger Jounalist, The New York Times

Iivi Anna Masso Editor-in-Chief, Diplomaatia newspaper
Ivan Krastev Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies
György Schöpflin Member of the European Parliament for Hungary
Moderated by:

Graham Avery Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre, Brussels

 

Sunday, May 15

 

08:00-09:30

Breakfast sessions (held under the Chatham House Rule)

  
 
Middle Eastern Geopolitics in an Age of Change
 

Owen Alterman Associate, International Law and National Security Program, Institute for National Security Studies, Israel

Hossein Bastani Political Analyst and Multimedia Producer, BBC WORLD

Mohamed Elagati Researcher & Executive Director, Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA)

Ilter Turan Professor of Political Science, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi Univesity

Moderated by:

Sven Mikser Member of the Estonian Parliament

  
 
Less Money but Better Ideas: How to Revive the Eastern Partnership?
 

 Leila Alieva President, Center for National and International Studies, Azerbaijan

Heather Grabbe Director, Open Society Institute – Brussels

Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Eka Tkeshelashvili State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration, Vice Prime Minister of Georgia

Moderated by:

Dag Hartelius Permanent Representative of Sweden to the EU

  
 
Is Shale a Game Changer? Environmental and Economic Aspects of Unconventional Hydrocarbons
 

Jeremy Boak Director, Center for Oil Shale Technology & Research (COSTAR) Colorado School of Mines

Sandor Liive CEO, Estonian Energy Company

Alan Riley Professor, City Law School

Moderated by:

Pauls Raudseps Commentator, weekly magazine Ir
  
 
Lostpolitik: Can Germany Rise to Its Leadership Challenge?
 

 Thomas Bagger Office of the Foreign Minister, German Foreign Ministry, Berlin

Michael Haltzel Senior Fellow , Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Peter Semneby Former EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus

Constanze Stelzenmüller Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin

Moderated by:

Tuomas Forsberg Professor, University of Tampere

  

09:30-11:00

Panel discussion

  
 
Geopolitics, Corruption and Credibility: Securing Europe's Energy Supply

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 Andrius Kubilius Prime Minister of Lithuania

Vladimir Milov Chairman, Democratic choice movement

Keith Smith Senior Associate, New European Democracies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Vladimir Socor Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation, Washington

Moderated by:

Edward Lucas International Editor, The Economist

  
 

Coffee

  

11:25-12:55

Panel Discussion

  
 
NATO in Libya: What Are We in For?

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 Jüri Luik Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO

Fedor Lukyanov Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs 

Constanze Stelzenmüller Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin

James Jr Townsend Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Ahmet Üzümcü Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Moderated by:

Steven Erlanger Jounalist, The New York Times

  

13:00

Closing session

  
 

 Keynote speech: Lennart Meri Lecture,

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia

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Final words:

General (ret.) Sir Garry Johnson, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the ICDS

  

13:45

Farewell lunch

 

 

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