Dmitri Teperik joined the ICDS on 1 August 2015 as a research fellow on strategic communication. Starting from 11 January 2016, he was appointed by the Supervisory Board as Chief Executive of the International Centre for Defence and Security.
From 2007-2015, Dmitri worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defence, where he was in charge of the field of defence-related research, industry and development, serving as Estonian national coordinator at the NATO Science and Technology Organization and promoting Estonia’s role in security-related cooperation projects at the European Commission and the European Defence Agency (EDA).
Dmitri led the launch of a security-related development programme aimed at young ethnic Russians in Estonia, called Sinu Riigi Kaitse (Defence of Your Country), the main purpose being to strengthen social cohesiveness by promoting the development of Estonian national identity among young Russian-speakers. Later, he took charge of establishing and conducting research activities, studies and projects at the National Centre for Defence & Security Awareness.
Dmitri holds a MS degree from the University of Tartu, has completed various internships abroad, including Vilnius University and NATO HQ, and has taken part in various professional training courses on security in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the US and Canada as well as NATO and EU.
Currently, Dmitri is leading international research projects and outreach activities on informational and psychological resilience as well as investigates population’s receptiveness towards hostile ideologies, harmful influence and toxic propaganda from the standpoint of comprehensive national defence. Among the key topics, he studies contributing factors to national resilience, situational awareness in informational environment and role of social media as well as interdependencies between communication and behaviour. His main focus areas include the Baltic states, Ukraine and some Eastern European countries.
2 April 2018
Societal Resilience in Eastern Ukraine: Building Solid Foundations for a Nation
The long-awaited and much-debated official adoption of the so-called Donbas De-Occupation Law by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada provoked a heated discussion...
13 March 2018
Dmitri Teperik at the 11th Europe–Ukraine Forum
ICDS Chief Executive Dmitri Teperik participated in the 11th Europe–Ukraine Forum, which was held in Rzeszów, Poland on 13-14 March 2018.
6 March 2018
Countering Disinformation: The Danger of Hype—and Ignorance
A superficial understanding of the core strategy of disinformation as well as its ways, means, and ends leads us to naivety about its real effects on...
20 February 2018
Dmitri Teperik contributed to the seminar of George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
ICDS Chief Executive Dmitri Teperik participated in the roundtable entitled "Understanding State Influence in the Age of Post Truths, Fake News, and...
25 January 2018
Presentation of Research Results on Russian Influence in Riga
On 25 January 2018, NATO StratCom Center of Excellence in Riga presented two new studies on Russian information influence. Among the presenters were...
23 January 2018
Public seminar “De-occupation of Crimea: When and How?”
ICDS hosted a public seminar the main aims of which were to stress the importance of maintaining the Crimean occupation issue high on the...
7 December 2017
Disinformation Resilience Index: The Baltic States
On 7 December, International Centre for Defence, EAST Research Center and Security Centre for East European Policy Studies presented the study on the...
21 November 2017
Dmitri Teperik Briefed CIMIC Officers on Russia's Hostile Activities against Estonia
ICDS Chief Executive Dmitri Teperik participated in the Civil-Military Interaction Seminar hosted by the Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin,...