Aims to advance the transatlantic community’s strategic thinking on the security challenges facing the Baltic-Nordic region, from armed or cyber attacks to threats against social cohesion and energy security.

Photo:Robert Reisman


Supervisory board

Chairman of the Board

Jonatan Vseviov
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence

Members of the Board

Merle Maigre
Security adviser to the President of the Republic of Estonia

Marko Mihkelson
Chairman, National Defence Committee, Estonian Parliament

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

Tanel Ross
Chairman of the Management Board, Estonian Health Insurance Fund

General Riho Terras
Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Vision and Mission Statement

The vision of ICDS is to be the regional hub of first choice for the security and defence communities of Estonia and its allies and partners in accessing cutting edge knowledge and ideas on regional and international security and defence issues.

Its 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 vision and mission, ICDS:

  • conducts research studies on security, defence and foreign policy issues;
  • holds two annual major security, defence and foreign policy events – the Lennart Meri Conference (LMC) and the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD);
  • organises Estonian National Defence Course;
  • publishes a monthly magazine, Diplomaatia, and
  • conducts various outreach activities to engage relevant audiences in Estonia, among NATO and EU allies and in partner countries
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