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 2018

The Next Hundred Years

01-03 June 2018, Tallinn, Radisson Blu Sky Hotel


Draft agenda – subject to change!


Friday, June 01

17:00-18:30     Opening session

 Who Owns History?

18:45               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

            Russia and the West


Saturday, June 02

08:00-09:00    Breakfast sessions

09:15-10:45    Panel discussion

Geography and Threat: Should NATO Mind the East/South Gap?


11:15-12:45    Panel discussion

Brave New World: Utopia or Dystopia?

12:45-13:45    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

How Great is Europe?

17:30-18:15    Key Note: Lennart Meri Lecture


18:45-20:15    Panel discussion

Eighteen Months of Trump Foreign Policy: Right Direction or Wrong Track?

20:15             Networking dinner in the conference hotel

22:00             Night owl sessions


Sunday, June 03

09:00-10:00    Breakfast sessions

10:15-11:45    Panel discussion

China’s Game in Europe: What Rules, What Stakes?


12:15-13:45    Panel discussion

The UN: Fit for the Purpose?

13:45-14:00    Final words

14:00              Farewell lunch



Breakout sessions

Sea-Blind and Air-Blind?: Does Baltic Defence need Re-calibration

Somewhere in the Arctic: Security Challenges in the High North

Ukraine: Proxy War of the New Cold War?

Democracy and Digital Doings: Fighting Cyber-Manipulation

When All News is “Fake”: Strategies for a Confused Age  

Afghanistan: Will This Time Be Different?

European Defence: Where’s the Beef?

North Stream 2: Piping Hot Politics?

The Western Balkans and the EU: Compromising Values for Security?

Eastern Partnership: Strategic Vision or Wishful Thinking?

Challenges from the South: Firefighting vs Strategy

Putin’s Grand Finale: What Will Putin's Last Term Bring to Russia?


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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