Lennart Meri Conference – LMC

The Lennart Meri Conference is a high-level annual meeting at which foreign and security policy issues are discussed from the perspective of the Northern and Eastern parts of Europe.

Foto:Robert Reisman

2009

Sunday, March 29

 

18:00

Opening session: Saving the Western Liberal Model: Politics, Security, Economy

 

NB! By invitation only. Location: Estonian Concert Hall

 

Speakers:

 

Ronald D. Asmus, Executive Director, Transatlantic Center of the German Marshall Fund of the USA

 

Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

 

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Chairman of the Baltic Development Forum

 

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia 

 

Moderator:

 

Quentin Peel, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times 

 

 

21:30

Night owl session: The Future of the European Neighbourhood Policy

 

Transcript

  Discussion of an upcoming paper by the European Council on Foreign Relations, presented by Mark Leonard and Andrew Wilson
 

Discussants:

 

Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

 

Eckart von Klaeden, Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the CDU, Germany  

 

Urmas Paet, Foreign Minister, Republic of Estonia

 

Boris Tarasyuk, Chairman of the Committee on European Integration, Ukrainian Parliament

 

Moderator:

 

Stefan Wagstyl, Central and East Europe Editor, Financial Times

  

Monday, March 30

 

8:00

Breakfast sessions

 

Afghanistan and Pakistan: How to Contain the Spread of Chaos?

 

Speakers:

 

Gareth Price, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House
 

Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

 

Harri Tiido, Undersecretary, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Moderator:

 

Garry Johnson, Chairman of the International Security Advisory Board

   
 

After Georgia (1): The New Security Paradigm in the Nordic-Baltic Region

 

Speakers:

 

Pertti Joenniemi, Senior Research Fellow, Danish Institute for International Studies

 

Žaneta Ozolina, Professor, University of Latvia

 

Mike Winnerstig, Dep. Research Director, Defence Analysis, FOI

 

Moderator:

 

Dag Hartelius, Ambassador of Sweden to Poland

 

 

 

The Arctic: A New Security Challenge

 

Speakers:

 

Espen Barth Eide, Deputy Minister of Defence, Norway

 

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Chairman of the Baltic Development Forum

 

Steven Everts, Personal Representative of SG/HR for Energy and Foreign Policy, Council of the European Union

 

Moderator:

 

Per Carlsen, Ambassador of Denmark in Moscow

 

 

9:00-10:45

Energy Security: Lessons from Gas Conflicts

 

Audio | Video | Transcript

 

Speakers:

 

Steven Everts, Personal Representative of SG/HR for Energy and Foreign Policy, Council of the European Union

 

Bruce Jackson, President, Project on Transitional Democracies

 

Pierre Noël, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

 

Alan Riley, Professor, City Law School, City University

 

Boris Tarasyuk, Chairman of the Committee on European Integration, Ukrainian Parliament

 

Moderator:

 

Pekka Haavisto, Member of the Finnish Parliament

Coffee

 

11:00-12:45

Transatlantic Relations: What Is Obama’s Message to Europe and What Is Europe’s Answer to Obama?

 

Transcript

 

Speakers:

 

Luís Amado, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal

 

Ronald D. Asmus, Executive Director, Transatlantic Center of the German Marshall Fund of the USA

 

Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament for Germany

 

Espen Barth Eide, Deputy Minister of Defence, Norway

 

Karel Kovanda, Deputy Director General, External Relations, European Commission 

 

Moderator:

 

Riina Kionka, Personal Representative of SG/HR on Human Rights, Council of the European Union

12:45-13:45

Lunch

14:00-16:00

1) Tour of Tallinn's Old Town, guided by former Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar

 

2) Visit to the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (number of participants limited, pre-registration required)

 

 

16:00-17:45

The Eastern Partnership and Beyond: Practicalities and Possibilities for the EU's Eastern Policy

 

Audio | Video | Transcript

 

Speakers:

 

Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

 

Alexandr Vondra, Deputy Prime Minister for EU Affairs of the Czech Republic

 

Moderator:

 

Edward Lucas, Central and Eastern Europe correspondent, The Economist

Coffee

 

18:00-20:00

Russia’s Behaviour Abroad: What Drives It and How to Respond?

 

Audio | Video | Transcript

 

Speakers:

 

Janusz Bugajski, Director of the New European Democracies Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

 

Eckart von Klaeden, Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the CDU, Germany  

 

David Kramer, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

 

Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate, Program Chair, The Carnegie Moscow Center

 

Moderator:

 

Graham Avery, Senior Adviser, European Policy Center, Brussels

20:00

Networking dinner

 

 

21:30

Night Owl Sessions

 

After Georgia (2): The New Security Paradigm in the South Caucasus

 

Speakers:

 

Giorgi Bokeria, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia

 

Mitat Çelikpala, Associate Professor, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey

 

Paul Goble, Director of Publications and Research, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

 

Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

 

Hafiz Pashayev, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan

 

Peter Semneby, EUSR for South Caucasus, Council of the EU

 

Moderator:

 

Ognyan Minchev, Executive Director, Institute for Regional and International Studies in Sofia

 

 

 

From Geopolitical Success to Economic Crisis: Will Europe's New Democracies Survive the Downturn?

 

Speakers:

 

André Küüsvek, Director, Ukraine, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

 

Mart Laar, Member of Parliament, Republic of Estonia

  Edward Lucas, Deputy Editor, Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent, The Economist 
 

György Schöpflin, Member of the European Parliament for Hungary

 

Stefan Wagstyl, Central and East Europe Editor, Financial Times

 

Moderator:

 

Robert Cottrell, Editor of TheBrowser.com

 

 

 

Dealing with Belarus: Principles versus Practice

 

Speakers:

 

Urban Ahlin, Deputy Chair Foreign Relations Committee, Member of the Swedish Parliament

 

Pavol Demeš, Director for CEE, German Marshall Fund of the USA 

 

Evaldas Ignatavičius, Undersecretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania

 

Irina Krasovskaya, President, We Remember Foundation

 

Andrei Sannikov, Coordinator, Civil Campaign “European Belarus”

 

Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

 

Moderator:

 

Arkady Moshes, Director of Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

 

Tuesday, March 31

 

8:30

Breakfast sessions

 

The Remaining Frozen Conflicts: Dangers and Solutions

 

Speakers:

 

Mustafa Aydin, Head of Department, University of Economics and Technology, Turkey

 

Temur Iakobashvili, State Minister for Reintegration Issues, Georgia

 

David Kramer, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian

 

Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation 

 

Moderator:

 

Kaupo Känd, Political Adviser, EUSR for the South Caucasus, Tbilisi

 

 

 

Russia: The Economic Crisis and its Economic and Political Implications

 

Speakers:

 

Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

 

Arkady Moshes, Director of Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

 

Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate, Program Chair, the Carnegie Moscow Center

 

Moderator:

 

Jonathan Steele, International Affairs Columnist, the Guardian

 

 

 

Iran: The Limitations of Diplomacy and Force

 

Speakers:

 

Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies

 

Hossein Bastani, Director General, Iran Gooya Media Group

 

Sven Mikser, Member of Parliament , Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Republic of Estonia

 

Andrei Piontkovsky, Senior Researcher, Institute of System Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences)

 

Moderator:

 

Karlis Neretnieks, Senior Research Fellow, Swedish Defence Research Agency

 

 

10:00-11:45

NATO at 60: Managed Decline or a New Lease of Life?

 

Audio | Video | Transcript

 

Speakers:

 

François Géré, President, Institut Français d’Analyse Stratégique

 

Jüri Luik, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO 

 

Adam Rotfeld, UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

 

Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

 

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Director, Berlin Office, the German Marshall Fund 

 

Moderator:

 

Ronald D. Asmus, Executive Director, Transatlantic Center of the German Marshall Fund of the USA 

Coffee

 

12:00-12:40

Closing session

 

Audio | Video | Transcript

 

Final speech: Margaretha af Ugglas, Chairman, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation

 

Final words: Sir Garry Johnson, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the ICDS

12:40

Farewell lunch

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