4-5 March 2021
The Baltic Defence College is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Conference on Russia, titled 'Responding to Russia in a Multi-Threat World', held online on 4th -5th March 2021.
Visiting Prof. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia
Visiting Prof. Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the former president of Estonia (2006-2016)
Before assuming the office of the presidency Ilves served as vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (2004-2006), foreign minister of Estonia (1996-2002), where he led Estonia’s EU and NATO accession process. From 1993-96 he served as Estonia’s first post-independence ambassador to Washington. From 1988 to 1993 Ilves was director of the Estonian Service at RFE-RL and prior to that a research analyst in the Research Department of RFE-RL.
Mr. Keir Giles, Chatham House
Mr. Keir Giles (UK), Chatham House
Mr. Giles is a senior consulting fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme in the Chatham House and the director of Conflict Studies Research Centre.
Having spent the early 1990s in the former USSR with the BBC Monitoring Service as well as having been a Russia correspondent for several years, he is well versed in the development of Russian political and economic landscape.
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BG Ilmar Tamm
Opening address by Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm (EST), Commandant of Baltic Defence College
Visiting Professor Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Keynote speaker: Visiting Professor Toomas Hendrik Ilves (EST), University of Tartu
Mr. Kalle Laanet
Assoc. Prof. Lukas Milevski, Visiting Professor Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Sir Andrew Wood GCMC, Dr. Ivan Timofeev, Moderated by Dr. Viljar Veebel
This opening keynote panel will explore and problematize Russia’s commitment to its often-stated project of an ‘Alternative World Order,’ which is commonly characterized as a shift toward multipolarity. This panel will explore the essence of this project and also ask the question of whether the West too easily persuaded by the possibility of this competing world view?
Visiting Professor Toomas Hendrik Ilves (EST), University of Tartu
Assoc. Prof. Lukas Milevski, Leiden University
Sir Andrew Wood GCMC (UK), Chatham house
Dr Ivan Timofeev (RUS), Russian International Affairs Council
Dr. Viljar Veebel (EST), Baltic Defence College
Prof. Viacheslav Morozov, Mr. James Sherr, Dr. Marc Ozawa. Moderated by Dr. Sandis Šrāders
By mirroring the logic implied by ‘alternative’ Russian world order, the first plenary session will respond to questions and statements of the keynote panel. What is the West doing to respond to the perception of the Russian threat? How unified and coherent is the West, NATO or the EU? What does the West learn from Russia regarding its own actions?
Prof. Viacheslav Morozov (RUS), University of Tartu
Mr. James Sherr (UK), Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at ICDS, International Centre for Defence and Security
Dr. Marc Ozawa (USA), NATO Defense College
AMB Batu Kutelia (GEO), Foreign Policy Research Institute
Dr. Sandis Šrāders (LVA), Baltic Defence College
Prof. Lauri Mälksoo, Dr. Leonid Karabeshkin, Dr. Gustav Gressel, Moderated by Assoc. Prof. Rene Värk
Through and beyond Russky Mir, soft power tools are well utilized by Russia. However, when does a soft-power tool become a part of lawfare? What are the commonalities between the concepts of Responsibility to Protect, Duty to Protect and Protection of Russians abroad? Does the latter create a legal basis to the former for Russian interference in communities with a Russophone minority?
Prof. Lauri Mälksoo (EST), University of Tartu
Dr. Gustav Gressel (AUT), European Council on Foreign Relations
Dr. Leonid Karabeshkin (RUS)
Assoc. Prof. Rene Värk (EST), University of Tartu
Presentation of Conference Papers, Panel Discussion with Authors
AMB Grzegorz Kozłowski, Assoc. Prof. Stefano Braghiroli; Dr. András Rácz, Moderated by COL (ret.) Dr. hab. Zdzislaw Sliwa
While sanctions towards Russia on the European level have remained at least for the time being, not every single member state or political actor voices an uncritical support of this status quo. This panel will therefore explore the nuances of European attitudes toward the Kremlin, showing the intricacies and inherent problems in characterizing a country’s policy as either Russophobic or Russophilic.
Assoc. Prof. Stefano Braghiroli (ITA), University of Tartu Skytte Institute
AMB Grzegorz Kozłowski (POL), Ambassador of Poland to Estonia
Dr. András Rácz (HUN), ICDS, International Centre for Defence and Security
COL (ret.) Dr. hab. Zdzislaw Sliwa (POL), Baltic Defence College
Assoc. Prof. Dimitry Lanko, Prof. Dovilė Jakniūnaitė, AMB Shota Gvineria, Ms. Oudekki Loone, Moderated by Dr. Asta Maskaliūnaitė
From 2015 onward, support for radical nationalist and populist attitudes have continued to rise in Europe and beyond. In Eastern Europe for the past several decades, Euroscepticism has been generally and traditionally linked to receptivity of pro-Russian narratives. However, with shifting strategic stances, policy goals, and ideological alliances, is this still the reality?
AMB Shota Gvineria (GEO), Baltic Defence College
Assoc. Prof. Dimitry Lanko (RUS), St Petersburg University
Prof. Dovilė Jakniūnaitė (LTU), Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science
Ms. Oudekki Loone (EST), Member of Estonian Parliament
Dr. Asta Maskaliūnaitė (LTU), Baltic Defence College
LTC Janno Märk, MAJ Haroldas Čižauskas, MAJ Matthew Kristopher Fryer, Mr. Taras Ivanec, Moderated by Dr. Christopher Murray
While previous panels hint at the perceived mutually exclusive dichotomy between the liberal rules-based world order and the interest-based alternative order proposed by Moscow, this session will focus directly on how this division in perceptions functions in practice. How do such interests interact with the current rule-based order, does this necessarily mean conflict, and is there the possibility of any sort of cooperation going forward?
LTC Janno Märk (EST), Baltic Defence College
MAJ Haroldas Čižauskas (LTU), Baltic Defence College
MAJ Matthew Kristopher Fryer (USA), Baltic Defence College
Mr. Taras Ivanec (LTU), Baltic Defence College
Dr. Christopher Murray (CAN), Baltic Defence College
Dr. Renata Matkevičiūtė; Prof. Nikita Lomagin, PhD cand. Martins Hirss; Dr. Viljar Veebel, Moderated by Dr. Ivo Juurvee.
In this session, Dr. Hirss and Dr. Matkeviciute will present the results of extensive empirical work conducted in Baltic States and Moldova on the topic of Russian disinformation and misinformation campaigns. In response, Professor Lomagin will provide a reply and reaction to the findings, framing them in the context of wider strategies coming from the Kremlin.
PhD cand. Martins Hirss (LAT), Centre for European Policy Analysis
Dr. Renata Matkevičiūtė (LTU), Vilnius University
Prof. Nikita Lomagin (RUS), European University at St. Petersburg
Dr. Viljar Veebel (EST), Baltic Defence College
Dr. Ivo Juurvee (EST), ICDS – International Centre for Defence and Security
Mr. Keir Giles, Ms. Kadri Liik, Prof. Andrey Makarychev, Mr. James Apparthurai, Moderated by COL Dzintars Roga
It has already become a cliché that COVID-19 has realigned traditional understandings of the inherent paradigms of 21st century international relations. Russian military planes landed in Italy, invited in by a pro-EU government, in order to help combat the first wave of the virus. Now, health and vaccine diplomacy dominate the international arena, ranging from policies of cooperation to competition. As such, what lessons can be learned from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic regarding Russia-Western relations?
Mr. Keir Giles (UK), Chatham House
Ms. Kadri Liik (EST), European Council on Foreign Relations
Prof. Andrey Makarychev (RUS), University of Tartu Skytte Institute
Mr. James Apparthurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
COL Dzintars Roga (LVA), Baltic Defence College
COL (ret.) Dr. hab. Zdzislaw Sliwa
COL (ret.) Dr. hab. Zdzislaw Sliwa (POL), Dean of the Baltic Defence College
NO FEE, PRE-REGISTRATION is required
To follow the recommendations set by the Estonian Government and to stop the spread of COVID-19, The Annual Conference on Russia 2021 will be held online.
The Conference time zone is East European Time (Tallinn time) that is GMT/UTC+ 02:00
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