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11th Annual Baltic Military History Conference

- in partnership with the Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum
and the Estonian Military Academy

22-23 September 2020

Small but Capable? Quality Against Mass in Military History

2020 has been a very different year, one to go down in history as the year of COVID-19. Despite the continuing spread of the virus we have decided not to call off our annual conference on military history.

This year’s event is organised by the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL), the Estonian War Museum and the Estonian Military Academy. It will take place on 22nd and 23rd of September at BALTDEFCOL in Tartu but there will be speakers who cannot be physically present and will be live-streamed.  

For registered participants there are two options: either to come to the BALTDEFCOL or take part as an online listener with the possibility to send ask questions and comment.   The theme of the Conference is "Small but Capable? Quality Against Mass in Military History". The idea is to discuss whether quality or numbers is the most important factor deciding the outcome of military standoffs. Our guest speakers will present their views based on analysing various strategies and operations, and consider the implications of lessons learned for present challenges. Those challenges are not hard to identify: the superiority of Russian capabilities in the Baltic region over those of NATO, tensions within NATO and the continuing weakness of the European allies. The present political crisis in Belarus may – in the worst-case scenario – grow into a regional security crisis, exposing the lack of European purposefulness as well as the ebbing of US interest in Europe.


Further information and registration in conference website





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