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Lennart Meri Conference 2024

16-18 May 2024 · Radisson Collection Hotel, Tallinn

Three days packed with insights by distinguished policymakers, analysts, politicians, military officials 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.

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Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

Alar Karis

President of Estonia

Kaja Kallas

Prime Minister of Estonia

Pål Jonson

Minister for Defence of the Kingdom of Sweden

Vivian Balakrishnan

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore

Timothy Snyder

Levin Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University

Carl Bildt

Co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Rym Momtaz

Consultant Research Fellow for European Foreign Policy and Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies

Jan Christian Kaack

Chief of the German Navy

Celeste Wallander

Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy

Benjamin Haddad

Member of the French National Assembly

Markéta Pekarová Adamová 

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic


Speech by President Alar Karis

Dear friends, I am honoured to welcome you in Estonia for the Lennart Meri conference, and I am pleased to see many familiar, but also new faces. When we gathered in Tallinn last year, there was still shock caused by the brutality of the war…

LMC 2023

Accelerated Growth: Developments in Baltic Defence

Russia’s war in Ukraine has prompted Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to accelerate the building of their armed forces.

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To Speak or Not to Speak with Russia: A Baltic Way

After Russia invaded Ukraine, the diplomatic scene witnessed many collective walkouts at international venues when the representatives from the aggressor country took the floor – a symbolic gesture of protest and disgust with the Russian policy and those who defend it.

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How the War Affected the Russian Security Services

The intelligence disaster in the spring of 2022 was so big that Putin couldn’t ignore it. The repressions were anticipated and quick to follow. But then, something changed.

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Studying Russia: Getting the Reckoning Right

Russia is becoming harder to study, but understanding it is crucial. To ensure their work is cogent, unbiased, informed, and thus as useful as possible, scholars must engage in debate, question assumptions, and be open to new technologies.

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AP/Kremlin Pool Photo/Scanpix

What Are the Legacies of Sino-Russian Relations?

The Sino-Russian relationship was, for many years, a subject that failed to excite. Very few experts committed time and effort to exploring its ups and downs. Those that did spent their time debating whether the relationship was really a marriage of true minds or a…

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