ICDS is the leading think-tank in Estonia specialising in foreign policy, security and defence issues. We aim to be the regional knowledge hub of first choice for the security and defence communities of Estonia, its allies and partners.

ICDS’ mission is to:

• Strengthen Estonia’s security and defence sector by identifying and analysing national security and defence challenges and proposing policy solutions;

• Sharpen strategic thinking in NATO and the EU on security issues that affect the Nordic-Baltic region by offering timely and high-quality analysis and policy recommendations;

• Contribute to enhancing Estonia’s intellectual role within NATO and the EU by developing forward-looking and innovative policy ideas and strategic solutions for the common European and transatlantic security and defence agenda;

• Raise public awareness and stimulate public debate on security, defence and foreign policy matters.

In pursuit of its mission, ICDS:

• Conducts research;

• Organises a major annual foreign policy event – the Lennart Meri Conference (LMC);

• Organises the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD);

• Organises Estonian National Defence Courses;

• Publishes a monthly foreign affairs magazine Diplomaatia, and

• Conducts various outreach activities.

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

Sven Sakkov

Director

Dmitri Teperik

Chief Executive

RESIDENT RESEARCH FELLOWS

Tomas Jermalavicius

Head of Studies / Research Fellow

Pauli Järvenpää

Senior Research Fellow

Tony Lawrence

Head of Defence Policy & Strategy Programme / Research Fellow

Piret Pernik

Research Fellow

Kalev Stoicescu

Research Fellow

Ivo Juurvee

Head of Security & Resilience Programme / Research Fellow

Ramon Loik

Research Fellow

Rein Oidekivi

Research Fellow

Kristi Luigelaht

Project Manager

ESTONIAN FOREIGN POLICY INSTITUTE

Kristi Raik

Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

Piret Kuusik

Junior Researcher of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

András Rácz

Non-Resident Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

Anna Tiido

Non-Resident Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

NON-RESIDENT RESEARCH FELLOWS

Henrik Praks

Director of ABCD / Non-Resident Research Fellow

Roger N. Mcdermott

Non-Resident Research Fellow

Maxime Lebrun

Non-Resident Research Fellow

Emmet Tuohy

Non-Resident Research Fellow

Mike Winnerstig

Non-Resident Research Fellow

Riina Kaljurand

Non-Resident Research Fellow

EVENTS & OUTREACH

Henrik Praks

Director of ABCD / Non-Resident Research Fellow

Madis Mikko

Director of ENDC / Director of Diplomaatia

Erkki Bahovski

Editor-in-Chief of Diplomaatia

Piret Karus

Event Coordinator

Elna-Eva Terasmägi

Event Coordinator

SUPPORT

Epp Paalma

Office Manager

Silver Vainola

IT & Technical Support Manager

SUPERVISORY BOARD

Chairman of the Board

Kristjan Prikk

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence

Members of the Board

Marko Mihkelson

Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Estonian Parliament

Peeter Kuimet

Security adviser to the President of the Republic of Estonia

Indrek Sirp

Director for National Security and Defence Coordination, Government Office of the Republic of Estonia

Dmitri Jegorov

Permanent Undersecretary, Ministry of Finance

General Riho Terras

Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Rainer Saks

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs