Kaarel joined the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS in June 2021. His research focuses on Eastern Europe with a focal point on Russia and EU-Russia relations. His previous studies have concentrated on Russian and the EU’s policies, strategic communication as well as on the use of digital solutions to enhance state-building and security.
He has previously worked both as an intern at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS and as a project leader and advisor to the City Council of Tartu. He has a BA degree in government and politics from the University of Tartu and St. Petersburg State University and MA degree in European Studies from Aarhus University. In addition, he has undergone further training on cyberspace and the state, organized by the Oxford University’s Cyber Studies Programme and the University of Tartu’s Centre for the Information Society.