Director of Lennart Meri Conference / Research Fellow
Riina Kaljurand is a Research Fellow of the International Centre for Defence and Security and the Director of the Lennart Meri Conference. Her main research areas are the security of the Baltic Sea region, the Nordic-Baltic Security and Defence cooperation and Russia’s soft power.
Riina holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from the University of Stockholm and has also studied social anthropology at Stockholm University and the Queen’s University of Belfast.
Riina worked at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1993-1997, including tours in the Embassies in Oslo and Stockholm. In 2002, she was briefly employed as a Research Assistant by the University of Stockholm. From 2003-2004 she worked in Kyiv within the framework of the „Public Administration Reform” project run by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency).
From 2004-2007 she worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defence, including two and a half years as an Assistant to the Permanent Undersecretary. From 2007-2012 Riina Kaljurand worked as a Deputy Director of the ICDS.
12 May 2017
Lennart Meri Conference 2017 Is About to Begin
Why this year’s Lennart Meri Conference is titled as ’Darkest Before Dawn?: The War on Trust and How to Win it’? The meaning of the title is explained...
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.
21 March 2017
Visit by Nyborg Gymnasium
Research Fellows Riina Kaljurand and Tony Lawrence hosted a visit to ICDS by 27 students from Denmark’s Nyborg Gymnasium.
5 December 2016
Brexit and Baltic Sea Security: Presentation of Report
On 5 December, ICDS Research Fellows Riina Kaljurand, Tony Lawrence, Pauli Järvenpää and Tomas Jermalavičius presented their report, “Brexit and...
5 December 2016
Brexit and Baltic Sea Security
The result of the UK’s June 2016 referendum on continued membership of the EU was unexpected and its consequences may be wide-ranging and grave. This...
23 November 2016
Seminar in Moscow “Russia and Europe: Challenges and the Ways Forward”
On the 23rd of November, 2016, the Researcher of the ICDS, Riina Kaljurand participated in a seminar “Russia and Europe: Challenges and the Ways...
25 October 2016
AFGG Alumni Reunion in New Delhi
Riina Kaljurand participated in a big alumni reunion of the Bucerius Summer School and Asian Forum on Global Governance Reunion 2016 organized by the...
18 February 2016
Visit by Students and Staff from the Swedish Defence University
ICDS was visited on February 18th by a delegation of students and staff from the Swedish Defence University´s Advanced Command Staff Course. The focus...