From 18 to 20 March, the International Centre for Defence and Security held a three-day seminar in cooperation with the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association in Tartu for teachers in Russian-language high schools. The main aim of the seminar was to bring together teachers of history and social studies to exchange views on Estonia’s national security and defense.
The seminar focused on collective defense from an Estonian perspective that included relevant recent topics such as: Estonia’s foreign policy, Russia-West relations, the creation of a new Russian-language TV channel in Estonia, and the Russian-speaking minority’s attitude towards defense. Participants also had the opportunity to hear a presentation on the activities of the Estonian Internal Security Service (KaPo) as well as a talk on whether NATO can speak with one voice.
After the seminar, participants visited the Baltic Defense College and the Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion where they were able to learn more about military education and military life in Estonia.
The seminar feature well-known speakers, among whom are media expert Raul Rebane; KaPo deputy director Eerik Heldna; Colonel Martin Herem, Commandant of Estonian National Defence College; ambassador-at-large for Baltic Sea regional cooperation Raul Mälk; ICDS research fellow Kalev Stoicescu; Prof. Andrei Makarychev of Tartu University; sociologist Juhan Kivirähk, director of development for ERR’s Russian-language channel Janek Luts, and Sinu Riigi Kaitse [Your State Defense] project manager Grigori Senkiv.
The event received media coverage in Russian by participant Igor Kalakauskas, available here: Delfi