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.

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Riina Kaljurand

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.


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