When

17 September 2019

Where

Tartu
Baltic Defence College

Annual Baltic Military History Conference
LEADING CHANGE: NATO AND THE BALTIC STATES

The Annual Conference on Baltic Military History is the longest running conference that the Baltic Defence College hosts. The goal of the conference is to provide participants with insight into how historical experience have influenced modern military thinking. This year’s conference coincides with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)'s 70th Anniversary and the 15th Anniversary of the Baltic states’ entry into NATO. The conference will analyse the leadership that was required to implement these successful changes for the security of Europe and the Baltic states through NATO membership. The conference will investigate historic changes in the purpose, mission, and membership of NATO over the Alliance’s seventy years. Participants will explore key NATO transitions to determine how individual leaders have influenced the Alliance’s ability to overcome strategic challenges and changes to threats, membership, and capabilities. The conference will also examine how the latest developments in Europe and NATO will influence the future of the Alliance and the security of member nations. Regarding Baltic states membership in NATO, the conference will explore the leadership required 15 years ago in order to manage perceptions that were necessary to answer the question ‘why join NATO?’ in such a way that membership was both desirable and essential for ensuring the security of the Baltic states. Preparation for membership, completion of the action plan, and the subsequent 15 years of active integration into NATO missions provides leadership lessons in the management of change from the political, military, and academic perspectives. Participants will also investigate the linkages between NATO and EU membership during this period and their future implications for military leaders.  

Keynote Speakers

Schedule

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration


Arrival and Registration at the Baltic Defence College Foyer

Administrative help: Ms. Kaja Arulepp and Ms. Jaana Reinek

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Administrative Remarks

Mr. Art Johanson

Administrative remarks by Mr. Art Johanson, Conference Organizer and Lecturer in Military History and Strategic Planning

 

Venue: Main Hall of Baltic Defence College

9:05 am - 9:15 am

Welcoming Remarks

Major General Andis Dilāns

Welcoming Remarks by Major General Andis Dilāns, Commandant of BALTDEFCOL 

Venue: Main Hall of Baltic Defence College

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote Address

General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark

Speaker:

General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Panel 1. The North Atlantic Alliance at 70: purpose, missions and membership

GEN (ret) Klaus Dieter Naumann; Dr Gatis Krumiņš; Mr. Alfonsas Eidintas

This panel will investigate the historic changes in the purpose, mission, and membership of NATO over the Alliance’s seventy years. Participants will explore key NATO transitions to determine how individual leaders influenced the Alliance’s ability to overcome strategic challenges and changes to threats, membership, and capabilities. The panel will also examine how the latest developments in Europe and NATO will influence the future of the Alliance and the security of member nations.

Speakers:

GEN (ret) Klaus Dieter Naumann

Dr Gatis Krumiņš, Rector of Vidzeme University of Applied Science

Ambassador Mr. Alfonsas Eidintas

 

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch break


 Lunch is participants’ own responsibility

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Panel 2: The Baltic states in NATO: change, leadership and integration

Mr Linas Linkevicius

This panel will explore the leadership required 15 years ago to manage perceptions necessary to answer the question ‘why join NATO?’ in such a way that membership was both desirable and essential for ensuring the security of the Baltic states. Preparation for membership, completion of the action plan, and integration into NATO missions provided leadership lessons in change from the political, military and academic perspectives. Participants will also investigate the linkages between NATO and EU membership and their future implications for military leaders.

 

Speakers

LTU –Mr Linas Linkevicius, Foreign Minister

EST – subject to changes

 

 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Concluding Keynote Address: Leading Change: The Future

H.E. Mr. Imants Liegis

Speaker:

Ambassador Imants Liegis (LVA)

 

Venue: Main hall of Baltic Defence College

Registration

Please fill in the data below. You will receive automatic response via e-mail if our system has received your application. You will be contacted by conference organizers as soon as your application is approved. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kaja Arulepp (kaja.arulepp@baltdefcol.org).

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0 EUR

Conference has no participation fee.

Location and Venue

Venue

Baltic Defence College

The Baltic Defence College is located on 12 Riia Street in the heart of Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city. It shares the same building with the Estonian National Defence College, a grand neo-classical building with a fascinating history, stretching back into the early twentieth century. The college is within close proximity to the main transport hubs, restaurants and shopping malls in the city centre, as well as the University of Tartu and the University Library.

Address: Riia 12

How to reach Tartu?

By air: The best way to reach Tartu is by Tartu Airport, that has connections with Helsinki Airport. The biggest airport in Estonia is Tallinn’s Lennart Meri International Airport (Tallinna Lennujaam) and there is connections all over the world. As Tartu is located approximately 190 kilometres south of Tallinn, arriving by air to Estonia also involves a two-hour coach journey from the airport to Tartu. However, Tartu Coach Station (Tartu Bussijaam) is located next to Hotel Dorpat and only one kilometer away from BALTDEFCOL.

By coach: Hourly coaches – with WiFi – run between Tallinn Coach Station (Tallinna Bussijaam) and Tartu Coach Station, with the journey taking approximately two hours. Daily coaches also run from Riga in Latvia and St. Petersburg in Russia, taking approximately four hours and seven hours respectively.

By car: Tartu is at the intersection of all major routes in Southern Estonia. National highways connect the city to Tallinn (Route 2) and Riga (Route 3), with the journey taking just over two hours from the former, and three and a half hours from the latter

Tartu

Nearby Accomodation

Hotel Dorpat (3superior***)

Hotel Dorpat that has partnered with the Baltic Defence College to offer the best prices for the conference participants.

Single room: 60 EUR

Double room: 76 EUR

Please send the e-mail to info@dorpat.ee and mention the code “History Conference” and you will be assigned one of the rooms with special price.

Reserving and paying for the accommodation is the responsibility of the conference participant.

Address: Soola 6

Hotell Lydia (4superior****)

Hotell Lydia is located behind the City Hall and offers accommodation for special price for the participants:

Single 86.10 EUR

Double/twin 107.80 EUR

Please send the e-mail to sales@lydia.ee and mention the code “History Conference” and you will be assigned one of the rooms.

Reserving and paying for the accommodation is the responsibility of the conference participant.

Address: Ülikooli 14

Additional details

Due to its intellectual resources and great beauty, Tartu is often called the ‘Athens of Estonia’. It is Estonia’s second largest city with approximately 100,000 inhabitants. Because of its world-famous university, the city is widely known as the intellectual capital of Estonia. Founded by the King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus, in 1632, the university has made Tartu the centre of Estonian education and science for the past few centuries.