Sociological studies

Integrating Estonia’s Russian-Speaking Population: Findings of National Defense Opinion Surveys

Over the last 14 years, Estonia has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about security perceptions and attitudes towards national defense and state institutions held by ethnic Estonians and non-Estonians. In this paper, Juhan Kivirähk, a former ICDS senior research fellow of ICDS and a leading figure in Estonian sociology, utilizes his detailed experience in carrying out the surveys themselves to identify key lessons learned from this body of work. He presents a decade-long overview of the similarities, differences, and changes in those perceptions and attitudes, while also offering some valuable insights about their drivers. His findings and conclusions raise concerns but offer also a glimmer of hope.

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Opinions on the Estonian Defence Forces before and after conscription – 2011

This was the fifth time that the survey to gauge opinion on the Estonian Defence Forces was conducted among conscripts and reservists. The survey covers questions about the attitudes towards the Estonian Defence Forces and conscription among conscripts and young men who have completed their service, their expectations about their impending service experience or their satisfaction with their completed service, their opinions on the organisation of the call-up process, their knowledge of conscription and national defence, and their willingness to become professional members of the Defence Forces or to enrol at educational institutions for national defence.

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The New Member States and the 2009 European Parliament Elections

“The New Member States and the 2009 European Parliament Elections: The European Debate and Politics in a Time of Economic Crisis” is a new series of EuPI’s policy briefs, covering each of the ten New Member States in the EU. The policy brief series is a product of the European Policies Initiative (EuPI), aimed at providing independent expert commentary and analysis on key issues on EU’s new member states agenda.

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