Lennart Meri Conference 2023
12-14 May 2023 · 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.
Some key messages
US Democracy: A Second Heart Attack?
On 6 January 2021, America suffered a massive heart attack. The entire world watched as Washington, the seat of national power, a symbol of international egalitarianism, and the last remaining superpower was engulfed in a smoky cauldron of violent anarchy. When the sun set, it…
Turkish Foreign Policy in Shifting Political Landscapes
Following WWII, Türkiye linked its security to the Western defence system, joining NATO in 1952. This connection protected it against Soviet expansionism, helped modernise and expand its armed forces, and integrate them with the community of democracies that it aspired to join. Also, Türkiye’s economy…
The Migration Trap: A Southern Flank Perspective
Since the 2015 crisis, migration has become the biggest Achilles heel of the EU’s solidarity as the discrepancy in the impact of migration on the southern, northern, and central and eastern European (CEE) countries steadily challenges a common action.
The Shifting Patterns of Alliances in the Middle East: Surveying the Fluid Geostrategic Landscape
When Russia launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, many commentators in the West expected that the US allies in the Middle East would be the key players in tightening the Western sanctions on Russia. But this was not the case.
The War in Ukraine, Democracy, and the Global South: We Have a Problem
In the last few months, there has been a flurry of discussion about the lack of support that the United States and its European allies have received from the Global South. To some, its reaction to the war raging in Ukraine might even seem counterproductive.…
The European Security Conundrum: Between “Strategic Autonomy” and Alliance
The issue of European security is often misunderstood because it covers multiple realities. Guaranteeing Europe’s security means preparing for an attack on its territory, which increasingly coincides with that of NATO members.
Lennart Meri Conference is the place to meet for invited journalists and distinguished thought-leaders, politicians and military personnel from around the globe in Tallinn, Estonia.
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Timothy Garton Ash
Christopher G Cavoli
Susan B Glasser
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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.