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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.

The 17th Lennart Meri Conference (LMC) will take place on 16-18 May 2024, in Tallinn, Estonia.

The world is becoming more chaotic, there is war in Europe and in the Middle East, and tensions are rising in the Indo-Pacific. Amid constant crises, it can be easy to feel helpless, and difficult to find new ways to protect our societies, rules, and values. Nevertheless, we can be inspired by the words of then Senator John F. Kennedy – Let us not despair, but act.


Alar Karis

President of Estonia

Guðni Th Jóhannesson

President of Iceland 

Kaja Kallas

Prime Minister of Estonia

Pål Jonson

Minister for Defence of the Kingdom of Sweden

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

Keiichi Ichikawa

Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary and Deputy National Security Adviser 


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Martin Herem: A NATO Victory Is Not in Question – But the Fight Will Be Ugly

It is trendy to talk about Ukraine or the Russian threat. However, actions speak louder than words. Many processes run exactly the way they did three years ago. Yet today, we are in a hurry. And the enemy should be warded off now. The Commander…

LMC 2024

It Is High Time for the West to Think About Belarus

While the US Congress recently approved a vital and long-awaited $61 billion support package to Ukraine, the west should not forget about Belarus. Belarus has been a crucial actor in Russia’s war in Ukraine. While civil society, political opposition, and the whole Belarusian democratic movement…

Speech by President of Estonia Alar Karis: We Are Shaking Off Our Mistaken Strategy of “Deterring by Restraint”

Speech by the President of the Republic of Estonia Alar Karis at the Lennart Meri Conference 2024.

LMC 2024

Make Russia Pay

In April 2024, President Joe Biden of the United States signed a long-awaited aid package for Ukraine. The law also includes mechanisms enabling the confiscation of Russian sovereign assets as a countermeasure to its war of aggression. This action reflects a shift in the US…

LMC 2024

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…

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