October 16, 2018

EFPI/ICDS contribution to the book project “Perceptions of Germany in the Security of the Baltic Sea Region”

The book “Perceptions of Germany in the Security of the Baltic Sea Region” is a collection of papers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Germany and assess Germany’s contribution to the security of the Baltic Sea region. The book project was led by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in Riga.

Chapter on Estonia “Waiting for Godot? Estonian Perception of Germany in the Security of the Baltic Sea Region”  was written by Estonian Foreign Policy Institute’s Junior Researcher, Piret Kuusik, and the former Researcher of ICDS, Riina Kaljurand. The chapter argues that while Germany is an important partner for Estonia, then Germany’s real value for Estonia and region’s security is in the leadership of Europe- keeping Europe united and bringing small and large states together. In terms of hard security, Estonia would like to see more Germany, however, considering the current state of Germany’s military capabilities and pace of strategic and political thinking in Germany, then it is unlikely that any substantive developments will take place in the near future.

The book is available for download on Latvian Institute of International Affairs website: liia.lv/en/publications/perceptions-of-germany-in-…