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


Lennart Meri Conference 2017 

“Darkest before Dawn?: The war on trust and how to win it” 

12-14 May 2017, Tallinn, Radisson Blu Sky Hotel

Draft agenda – subject to change!


Friday, May 12

16:30-16:35     Welcome Remarks by Jüri Luik, Director of the ICDS

16:35-17:00     Conversation with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission

17:00-18:00     Opening session

The EU at 27: What Prospects for a Stronger Union? 

18:15               Transfer to the Dinner

19.00               Dinner, hosted by the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid

                        (by invitation only)

21.30               Transfer to the hotel & conference venue

22:00               Night owl session 

People Have the Power:  Can Democracy Survive Populism?


Saturday, May 13


08:00-09:00     Breakfast sessions

Securing the Eastern Partners

Defence and Deterrence of the Baltic Sea:  Attending to the Blind Spots?

Turkey: New Approach Needed?

US-China Relations: Security and Economy Revisited

09:00-10:30     Panel discussion

Hacks and (Fake) Facts: Warfare in the Information Space


11:00-12:30     Panel discussion

More EU, Less NATO?

12:30-13:45     Lunch

14:00-16:00     Optional events – visits and excursions (please check the conference website in late March for the full list of options)          

16:00-17:30     Panel discussion 

Dealing with the White House - The Limits of Transactional Foreign Policy

17:30-18.00     Key Note: Lennart Meri Lecture

Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland


18.30-20.00     Panel discussion

Be Careful What You Wish For: is Russia Trumped?

20.00              Networking dinner in the conference hotel

21:30              Night owl sessions

When the Medium is the Message: Shaping Foreign Policy through Social Media

What Are Russia’s Values?

New Nationalisms

Ukraine: Politics of Reform vs Politics of War


Sunday, May 14


08:00-09:00     Breakfast sessions

                        Grids, Pipes and Plants: EU Energy Policy

What Colour Revolution in Belarus?

The Balkans: Troubled Again?

France and Germany:  In Europe’s Driving Seat Once More?

09:00-10:30     Panel discussion

How to Make the West Relevant in the Middle-East?


11:00-12.30     Panel discussion

Free Trade and the Global Economy – Can Growth Be Sustained in a Protectionist World?

12:30-12:45     Final words

13:00               Farewell lunch


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