October 16, 2020

Welcome to Lennart Meri Conference Talks

ICDS is bringing the spirit of the Lennart Meri Conference online. Over the coming months, we will be challenging leading foreign and security policy thinkers around the world to address topical issues.

“We will be encouraging thought leaders to have frank exchanges of views. To bring their perspectives and experience. To discuss possible solutions. And to search for common ground,” Eeva Eek-Pajuste, Director of the Lennart Meri Conference at ICDS says. “I very much hope that we will make you think. And perhaps make you argue.”


The Different Faces of Identity and Politics Today

In the first talk, entitled “The Different Faces of Identity and Politics Today”, the Former Estonian President (2006-2016) and the first Patron of the Lennart Meri Conference Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute professor Francis Fukuyama focus on different aspects of identity and its impact in the world: The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.

Identity is inevitable, says Dr Francis Fukuyama, but how to make it a solution and not a source of problems? How should one understand identity in an era of fear and hatred? Can identity help fight the decay of democratic institutions? What have been the different faces of identity through time?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the food for thought.

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