This year’s Lennart Meri Conference, given the title “Darkest just before the dawn? The war on trust and how to win it”, will take place in Tallinn this week from May 12 to 14. The conference will consider the severe challenges the West is facing and will seek to identify the opportunities that may arise.
Among the speakers are Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini, former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta, Italian European affairs minister Sandro Gozi, Georgian prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Turkish deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek, Lithuanian defense minister Raimundas Karoblis, deputy secretary general of NATO Rose Gottemoeller, and former Indian foreign minister Kanwal Sibal.
In addition to politicians and representatives of various think tanks, the list of participants includes civil activists from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Leading journalists active on social media, Michael Weiss and Ahmed Rashid, will help give meaning to the topics of the post-truth era and information warfare.
Stephen E. Biegun, the Ford Motor Company’s vice president for international governmental affairs, and writer and journalist Sarah Kendzior will be among the speakers to talk about the foreign policy of the new U.S. administration.
Other topics to be discussed include the future of the European Union, the impact of populism on democracy, Russia’s growing militancy in the information space and in cyberspace, the conflict in Syria, and China’s growing influence.
The conference will begin on May 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Tallinn’s Radisson Blu Sky Hotel. The discussions will be streamed live on the website of the event https://lmc.icds.ee/2017/introduction/
The conference is organized by the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) and the Lennart Meri European Foundation. The conference is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Defence, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elering, Wihuri, NATO, Milrem, BAE Systems, the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Defendec, and Hanwha.
Editor: Dario Cavegn