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.

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Lennart Meri Conference “The Future of Democratic Capitalism” 

May 11–13, 2012, Tallinn, Estonia 

The fifth Lennart Meri Conference, “The Future of Democratic Capitalism”, was held from May 11 to May 13, 2012, in Tallinn, Estonia. The theme of the discussions was the viability and sustainability of the democratic market economy as the basis of contemporary Western society.

As the recession in Europe and the United States, the competition from authoritarian capitalism, the dissatisfaction of societies with their elites, and the decreasing relevance of the West in the global economy and world politics all challenged democratic capitalism, they formed the backdrop to our conference.

More concretely, we addressed issues such as the economy of the Eurozone, the relationships between key EU member states, recent changes in Russian society and politics, the crisis in Syria and the wider Middle East, the US presidential elections, developments in the cyber landscape, the agenda for NATO’s Chicago Summit, and many other topical problems. Alongside the conference programme, our guests were able to enjoy cultural and social activities, and had the opportunity to tour Tallinn’s Old Town or the Kumu art museum, to visit the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and to hear a set of presentations from Estonian start-up companies.


Barbara Kunz: Preserving defence partnerships with US and UK is a key interest for France

Interview by Erik Eenlo, BNS

Harinder Sekhon: close ties with Russia are a balancing factor in India´s foreign policy

Interview by Erik Eenlo, BNS

Tomonori Yoshizaki: Japan takes a pragmatic approach in foreign policy

Interview by Erik Eenlo, BNS

Pavel Baev: Russia still significantly behind in digitalization of the modern battlefield

Interview by Erik Eenlo, BNS

Nathalie Tocci: Saving the JCPOA is the Place to Start for the EU

Interview by Erik Eenlo, BNS

Edward Lucas: Russian Hybrid Warfare - The View from Estonia

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Lennart Meri Conference – LMC
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