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Lennart Meri Conference 2012 
 

Friday, May 11

 

18:00-19:30

Opening session

  
 
 The Future of Democratic Capitalism

Video 

Heather Grabbe Director, Open Society Institute – Brussels
Toomas Hendrik Ilves President of Estonia

David Kramer President of Freedom House, Washington DC 
Guy Sorman Economist, Manhattan Institute
Moderator:

Steven Erlanger Journalist, The New York Times

  
19:30Transfer to the Seaplane Harbour*
  
20:00-20:45Opening ceremony of the seaplane hangars*
  
 21:00Dinner, hosted by the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves*
 Keynote speaker: Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey
 

*Evening programme by invitation only

  

Saturday, May 12

 

8:00-9:30

Breakfast sessions (Chatham House Rule)

  
 
Regional Effort, Global Impact? Nordic-Baltic Security and Co-operation in Times of Austerity

Rasa Juknevičienė Minister of Defence of Lithuania
Karlis Neretnieks Senior Researcher, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
Artis Pabriks Minister of Defence of Latvia
Marie Yovanovitch Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, US
Moderator:
Andrew Michta Senior Transatlantic Fellow and Director, Warsaw Office, German Marshall Fund

 

Beauties and Beasts in the Cyber Jungle

Sandro Gaycken Senior Researcher, Institute of Computer Science
François Géré President, Institut Français d’Analyse Stratégique (IFAS)
Pauline Neville-Jones Special Government Representative to Business on Cyber Security, UK
Andrei Soldatov Editor, Agentura.ru
Moderator:
Sten Tamkivi Innovation Advisor to the President of Estonia

 

Pride and Prejudice? Poland and Lithuania

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

Tomas Janeliūnas Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University and Political Editor of IQ/The Economist
Edgars Rinkēvičs Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia
Eugeniusz Smolar Senior Fellow, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw
Moderator:
Robert Nurick Consultant and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

 

Power Plays: Prospects for European Energy Security

Matthew Bryza Director, International Centre for Defence Studies
Andrius Kubilius Prime Minister of Lithuania
Wolfgang Schüssel Former Federal Chancellor, Austria
Vladimir Milov Chairman, ‘Democratic Choice’ Movement, Russia
Moderator:

John Lough Associate Fellow, Chatham House

  

9:30-11:00

Panel discussion (on the record)

  
 
The Eurozone: Out of the Woods or Out of Order?

Video

Valdis Dombrovskis  Prime Minister of Latvia
Patrick Honohan  Governor, Central Bank of Ireland
Olli Rehn  Vice-President, European Commission
Alexander Stubb  European Affairs Minister of Finland

Moderator:

Quentin Peel Berlin correspondent, the Financial Times

  
 

Coffee

  

11:30-13:00

Panel discussion (on the record)

  
 
Sliding Fast: Can Syria Be Saved?

Video

Carl Bildt Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Alaa Murabit Founder and President, Voice for Libyan Women
Pauline Neville-Jones Special Government Representative to Business on Cyber Security, UK
Kurt Volker Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University, and Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations
Ömer Önhon Ambassador of Turkey to Syria
Moderator:
Konstantin von Eggert International Affairs Commentator, Kommersant FM Radio, Moscow

  

13:00-14:00

Lunch

  

14:00-16:00

Optional events:

 

Tour of Tallinn’s Old Town

Visit to the Seaplane Harbour and Maritime Museum
Visit to the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence*
Visit to the ICT Demo Center*
Presentation by Estonian start-up companies*

*number of participants limited

  

16:00-17:30

Panel discussion (on the record)

  
 
Defining Itself (Again): NATO after Chicago, Libya and Afghanistan

Video

Benoît d’Aboville Member of the Foreign Affairs Council of the French Foreign Ministry
Jüri Luik Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO
Tomas Valasek Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, Centre for European Reform
Damon Wilson Executive Director, Atlantic Council
Moderator:

Anton La Guardia Journalist, The Economist

  
 

Coffee

  
18:00-19:30

Panel discussion (on the record)

  
 
Can Putin Contain Post-Putinism?

Video

Anders Åslund  Senior Fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute of International Economics
Bobo Lo  Independent Scholar and Consultant

James Sherr Senior Fellow, Russia & Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Lilia Shevtsova  Senior Associate, The Carnegie Moscow Center
Moderator:

Jill Dougherty Correspondent, CNN

  

19:30

Networking dinner in the conference hotel

  

21:00

Night owl sessions (Chatham House Rule)

 

 

 

Managed Capitalism Meets Open Trade: Russia in the WTO

Anders Åslund Senior Fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute of International Economics
Péter Balás Deputy Director General for Trade, European Commission
Vladimir Milov Chairman, ‘Democratic Choice’ Movement, Russia
Moderator:
Alan Riley Professor, City Law School

 

In Search of a Leader and Strategy: a Conversation with the Russian Opposition

Garri Kasparov Opposition leader, Russia
Boris Nemtsov Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
Andrei Piontkovsky Leading Researcher, Institute for Systems Studies

Ilya Ponomarev Member of Russian Parliament, Member of A Just Russia political party
Moderator:

David Kramer President of Freedom House, Washington DC

 

Post-revolution: the Security Landscape of the Middle East

Benny Morris Professor, Ben-Gurion University
Alaa Murabit Founder and President, Voice for Libyan Women
Sameh Seif Elyazal Chairman Al Gouhouria Center for Political and Security Studies
Īlter Turan Professor of Political Science, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

Moderator:

Anton La Guardia Journalist, The Economist

 

What More Can the EU Do with Eastern Partnership?

Pavlo Klimkin Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Arkady Moshes Director of Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Nicu Popescu Senior Research Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Pirkka Tapiola Principal Advisor, Strategic Planning Unit, European External Action Service
Moderator:
Vahur Made Managing Director, Estonian Centre for Eastern Partnership

 

Sunday, May 13

 

08:00-09:30

Breakfast sessions (Chatham House Rule)

  
 
Iran: Intervene or Ignore?

Hossein Bastani Political Analyst and Multimedia Producer, BBC World

Steven Erlanger Journalist, The New York Times

Ariel Levite Non-resident Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Robert Nurick Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Moderator:

Sven Mikser MP, Estonia

 

Foreign Policy of the US Elections

Stephen Flanagan Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Diplomacy and National Security, CSIS
Michael Haltzel Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Bruce Jackson President, Project on Transitional Democracies
Kurt Volker Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership

Moderator:

Christopher Coker Professor, the London School of Economics and Political Science

 

Stolen Promises? Learning from the Ukrainian and Egyptian Revolutions

David Kramer President of Freedom House, Washington, DC

Hryhoriy Nemyria Former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine
György Schöpflin Member of the European Parliament for Hungary
Sameh Seif Elyazal Chairman, Al Gouhouria Center for Political and Security Studies
Moderator:

Heather Grabbe Director, Open Society Institute - Brussels

  
Dragons Fighting under a Carpet? Understanding Domestic Politics of China

Kerry Brown Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House
Ardo Hansson former World Bank Lead Economist for China
Guy Sorman Economist, Manhattan Institute
Steve Tsang Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies and Director, China Policy Institute, The University of Nottingham
Moderator:
Bobo Lo Independent Scholar and Consultant

  

09:30-11:00

Panel discussion (on the record)

  
 
Reluctant Leader of a Lost Continent? Germany’s Role in Europe

Video

François Bujon de l'Estang President, FBE International Consultants

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Michael Link  Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Paweł Świeboda  President of demos EUROPA – Centre for European Strategy
Moderator:

Quentin Peel Berlin Correspondent, the Financial Times

  
 

Coffee

  

11:25-12:55

Panel discussion (on the record)

  
 
Leaving Afghanistan. Leaving Behind What?

Video

Pauli Järvenpää Ambassador of Finland to Afghanistan
Amrullah Saleh Former Head of the Afghan National Directorate of Security
Harinder Sekhon Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India
Najam Sethi Editor in Chief, Daily Times, Lahore Pakistan
Moderator:

Steven Erlanger Journalist, The New York Times

  

13:00

Closing session

  
 
Final words

Video

  

13:45

Farewell lunch

 

 

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