Eastern Partnership

Taking Stock of Estonian Foreign and Security Policy in 2017

On Friday, December 15th, ICDS hosted a public discussion with Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sven Mikser, and Minister of Defence, Mr. Jüri Luik, entitled “Taking Stock of Estonian Foreign and Security Policy in 2017.” ICDS Director, Sven Sakkov offered introductory remarks and the event was moderated by ICDS Research Fellow, Eerik Marmei.

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Pragmatic Approach Towards Russia – Option or Illusion?

The issue of developing and implementing national policy towards Russia has always been a pertinent subject for post-Soviet states as they have sought to ensure their own security. Governments have tried a number of different approaches, among which is the so-called “pragmatic approach.” Its most vivid embodiment is the policy of the current Georgian government with regards to Russia. Notably, it should be mentioned that almost all political forces that have come to power in Georgia have attempted to improve or at least normalize relations with Russia. However, each of these attempts was followed by disappointment.

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