Jüri Luik has been appointed director of ICDS from August 2015. Prior to this position, he held a number of posts both as a cabinet-level politician and a professional diplomat. Between 2012 and 2015 he served as Ambassador of Estonia to the Russian Federation. From 2007 to 2012 he served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia in the North Atlantic Council. He assumed the post after serving for four years as the Ambassador of Estonia to the United States co-accredited to Mexico and Canada. In the Estonian Government, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1994–1995), twice as Minister of Defence (1993 and 1999–2002), and as Minister without Portfolio, Head of the Government Delegation for negotiations with Russia over the withdrawal of Russian troops (1992–1994). He was elected to the Estonian Parliament in 1992. Mr Luik holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador. He graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in journalism in 1989 and in 1995–96 was a Visiting Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in DC.
26 April 2017
A Visit by Australia's Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP
The ICDS was honoured to host a visit by Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, on 26 April.
7 April 2017
ICDS in media
With US Attacks, Possibility of Further De-Escalation Gone
Director of the International Centre for Defence and Security Jüri Luik finds that after the air strikes against Syria's Shayat air force base, the...
6 December 2016
ICDS Organises Panel Discussion "Comprehensive Approach to National Security", Kyiv, Ukraine
On December 6, 2016 ICDS organized a panel discussion with the distinguished speakers from Estonia and Ukraine at the Embassy of Estonia in Kyiv on...
12 August 2016
ICDS Contributes a Series of Discussions at the Traditional Opinion Festival / Arvamusfestival
On August 12, 2016 International Centre for Defence and Security contributed a series of discussions held in Paide at the traditional Opinion Festival...
8 August 2016
ICDS in media
President Trump and the Future of the West
For Estonians, and all other NATO members in the region, that was a chilling message.
3 August 2016
ICDS in media
If Trump Wins...
The grand national political conventions in the US have ended and the Republicans have chosen Donald Trump as their candidate. It’s an unbelievable...
11 July 2016
ICDS Participates at Warsaw Summit Experts' Forum
ICDS Director Jüri Luik and Research Fellow Piret Pernik spoke at the Warsaw Summit Experts' Forum entitled “NATO in Defence of Peace: 2016 and...
4 July 2016
ICDS Director participates in the Almedalen Week in Sweden
ICDS Director Jüri Luik participated in Visby (Gotland, Sweden) in the Almedalen Week, which is considered as the most important forum in Swedish...