March 28, 2011

Estonia’s views on security in 2010

Since 1991, the Baltic states have been continuously learning how to be independent states capable of providing for security of their people and warding off various security risks, threats and challenges. In that process, 2004 was seemingly a year of a major breakthrough. There was a strong feeling in the Baltic states that their membership of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was going to protect three small states from at least security challenges originating from other states. Only three years later – in April 2007 – Estonia experienced serious political pressure and riots. It was followed by an economic crisis that began in 2008.

28.03.2011, Erik Männik
Since 1991, the Baltic states have been continuously learning how to be independent states capable of providing for security of their people and warding off various security risks, threats and challenges. In that process, 2004 was seemingly a year of a major breakthrough. There was a strong feeling in the Baltic states that their membership of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was going to protect three small states from at least security challenges originating from other states. Only three years later – in April 2007 – Estonia experienced serious political pressure and riots. It was followed by an economic crisis that began in 2008.
The article examines the evolution of security thinking in Estonia by analysing Estonia’s National Security Concepts adopted in 2001, 2004 and 2010, and assesses whether the realisation of limits of external security guarantees has led to a growing emphasis on strengthening the state internally.

Download: Erik Männik – Estonia’s views on security in 2010 (PDF)

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