January 15, 2021

Four New Non-Resident Research Fellows Join ICDS

We are delighted to announce that four distinguished experts have joined the ICDS team as non-resident research fellows.

Our Defence Programme is pleased to welcome Major General Gintautas Zenkevičius, who retired from the Lithuanian Armed Forces as its Deputy Commander and Chief of Defence Staff in autumn 2020. His wide-ranging knowledge and experience in defence policy, strategy, capability development, operations and international cooperation will be a tremendous asset for the programme.

The Security and Resilience Programme is looking forward to working with Henry Rõigas and Andrea Bonelli, who will focus on cyber and energy issues respectively. Henry’s experience at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) as well as in cybersecurity and the AI industry will considerably strengthen the programme’s capacity to analyse the interplay between technology and security, while Andrea’s academic background in energy and geopolitics will help the programme more thoroughly address critical issues of energy security and developments in the Mediterranean area.

The Estonian Foreign Policy Institute is delighted to be joined by Dr Aimar Ventsel. His research expertise will strengthen the Institute’s capacity to analyse societal and political processes in Russia and in the Arctic region, and more general issues of identity-based politics that shape contemporary world affairs. Aimar has been a long-time contributor to the ICDS work through his articles in Diplomaatia magazine. We are looking forward to his further involvement in our projects and initiatives.

“Non-resident fellows are very important members of the ICDS extended family and make a significant contribution,” stated Indrek Kannik, Director of ICDS, in welcoming the new non-resident research fellows. “They are actively involved in our research projects, events and outreach activities and add to the multinational and multidisciplinary character of our organisation. We are looking forward to exploring new horizons with our new colleagues.”

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