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Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the 14th Lennart Meri Conference was postponed until September 2021. But in the meantime, we brought the spirit of the Lennart Meri Conference online. Enjoy the challenging conversations with leading foreign and security policy thinkers around the world on topical issues.

Welcome to LMC 2021: Highlights of Lennart Meri Conference Talks 2020

Francis Fukuyama, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Anne Applebaum, Thomas Bagger, Kadri Liik, Carl Bildt, Jüri Luik, Kurt Volker, Dmitry Suslov, James Sherr, Merle Maigre, Ciaran Martin.

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Merle Maigre and Ciaran Martin

Cyberspace as the Common Good

Internet and digital technologies that create cyberspace are transforming society, business, and politics. People respond to new opportunities online, react to cyber threats and change their behaviour accordingly. States compete and are increasingly weaponizing information to gain advantage, breaking into other countries’ networks to steal…

April 1, 2021
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Jüri Luik and Carl Bildt

Cooperation in Deterrence in the Nordic-Baltic Region

As global power shifts, how can we ensure that Allies and partners remain committed to security at the West’s peripheries in the Baltic Sea region, and build effective deterrence against Russia? In this session of the Lennart Meri Conference Talks, Member of the Riigikogu (Estonian…

February 12, 2021
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Kadri Liik and Thomas Bagger

Time for International Sobriety

The world of yesterday is gone or rapidly eroding, and it makes it hard to establish foreign policy directions. In the great power competition, Europe seems to be confused because Russia today is not the Russia that the West imagined it to become after 1989.…

January 25, 2021
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Toomas Hendtik Ilves and Kurt Volker

A Glimmer of Hope at the End of 2020?

2020 has shaken the world, but is there a glimmer of hope at the end of the year? In the transatlantic community expectations are high for some sort of renaissance in relations between Europe and the US when Joe Biden takes over the White House…

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James Sherr and Dmitry Suslov

Russia’s Place in the Evolving International Disorder

Russia is a great power, and its determination to remain one is well understood by the countries that border it. But Russia’s interests also connect with the challenges and problems of an often disordered world. A brief glance at Khabarovsk, Belarus and the South Caucasus…

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves & Anne Applebaum

The Era of Resentment: Causes and Solutions

In this session, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and the Pulitzer-prize winning historian and staff writer for The Atlantic, Anne Applebaum get into the bottom of the motives and the rationale of people who create the mythology and the language of modern authoritarian populism. It is not the sense…

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LMC Talks: Francis Fukuyama & Toomas Hendrik Ilves

The Different Faces of Identity and Politics Today

A conversation with the former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and the American thinker and political theorist Francis Fukuyama, professor at Stanford University. Identity is inevitable, says professor Fukuyama, but how to make it a solution and not a source of problems? How should one…

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Eeva Eek-Pajuste

Welcome to Lennart Meri Conference Talks

ICDS is bringing the spirit of the Lennart Meri Conference online. Over the coming months, we will be challenging leading foreign and security policy thinkers around the world to address topical issues. “We will be encouraging thought leaders to have frank exchanges of views. To…

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