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13-15 MAY 2022

Tempus Fugit – Time Flees

3 days packed with insights by distinguished policymakers, analysts, politicians, military personnel and academia from around the globe in Tallinn, Estonia. Key foreign and security policy issues discussed mostly from the perspective of the northern and eastern parts of Europe.


Analyses, commentaries and interviews that decode foreign, security and defence policy and are published in the Lennart Meri Conference special edition of ICDS Diplomaatia magazine.

Lennart Meri Lecture 2022 by Ambassador Daniel Fried

Time Flies, as this conference observes. Tempus fugit – time marches on, as the saying goes. So what? Does the march of time have meaning? Does the passage of time tend to bring progress? Are human beings, over time, on an ascendent track, morally and…

LMC 2022

Tempus Fugit – Time Flees

September 2021, the date of the last Lennart Meri Conference, seems eons ago. Russia’s savage war in Ukraine is already in its third month, its fallout landing from Central Asia to North Africa, from the Indo Pacific and the Middle East to Finland and Sweden.

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Evil is Real: Time to stand up

What words are there when a country launches an all-out attack on its neighbour? “Evil is real,” I posted on Twitter on the morning of 24 February. We must recognise the evil of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine and be more courageous in our response.

LMC 2022

When Reality Bites

Russia’s war in Ukraine is not over, but it is not too soon to start thinking about what comes next – for Ukraine’s future, and our own.

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These Challenging Times Demand an Unbending Response

There can be no illusions about the rest of the world’s relationship with a Russia ruled by Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine’s Resilience: Theory meets practice

Although for some years, the Sumy State University had developed a theoretical grasp of the subject, it was not until 24 February 2022 – when Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine – that I had my first real-life encounter with resilience.

LMC 2022


Alar Karis

President of Estonia and Patron of the Lennart Meri Conference
Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas

Prime Minister of Estonia

Roberta Metsola

President of the European Parliament

Kadri Simson

European Commissioner for Energy

Michael Carpenter

Ambassador, U.S. Mission to the OSCE

Matti Maasikas

Ambassador, EU Delegation to Ukraine

Daniel Fried

Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council

Ivan Krastev

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies

Norbert Lammert

Chairman, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

C. Raja Mohan

Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute

Bonnie S. Glaser

Director of the Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Avril Haines

Director, National Intelligence of the United States
Conference Theme

Tempus Fugit – Time Flees

The 15th Lennart Meri Conference will take place on 13-15 May 2022, in the Radisson Collection Hotel, Tallinn, Estonia. For the second time in a row, the title of the conference has been inspired by a Roman poet—the phrase fugit inreparabile tempus (it escapes, irretrievable time) appears in Virgil’s Georgics. With the Doomsday Clock set just 100 seconds before midnight, the search for solutions to the world’s problems could not be more urgent.

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To ensure maximum health and safety at the 15th Lennart Meri Conference, please read this information with care. You can follow the latest developments related to the COVID-19 situation in Estonia on the official government website.

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About Lennart Meri Conference

“We can never have too much security,” said President Lennart Meri. To mark his continuing legacy in foreign and security policy thinking, the annual Lennart Meri Conference aims to encourage curiosity and debate, highlight unity and diversity, and foster liberty and democracy.