Hannes Hanso, a research fellow at ICDS, is responsible for the analysis of the dynamics of Central Asian and Chinese developments that have significant foreign policy, security policy and economic implications for Estonia. His work is aimed at making practical suggestions about Estonia’s policy making and policy coordination in the region and about cooperation with EU and NATO partners.
Hannes has graduated from Orissaare Secondary School in Saaremaa and has studied at the University of Tartu in Estonia. In the 1990s, he spent two years studying Chinese at Sichuan and Heilongjiang Universities in China. He received both his BA in Politics and Development and his MSc in Asian Politics (with a focus on China’s foreign and security policy and Central Asia) from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.
Before joining ICDS, Hannes has worked at the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Estonia. In addition, he has been a member of the EU diplomatic service in Beijing, covering the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. His foreign policy analyses have been published in various publications (Postimees, Delfi, Eesti Päevaleht, Diplomaatia, Akadeemia, Sirp, etc.) and he is a frequent participant in radio and television debates on foreign policy.