Head of Studies / Research Fellow
Tomas holds a BA in political science from the University of Vilnius, an MA in war studies from King’s College London and an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool.
Prior to joining ICDS, Tomas worked at the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL), first as deputy director of the College’s Institute of Defence Studies in 2001-2004, and later as dean of the college in 2005-2008. In the latter capacity, he was also the editor of the journal ‘Baltic Security and Defence Review’. At BALTDEFCOL, he lectured and published articles on strategy, military theory, defence policy and civil-military relations. He was also involved in the Prometheus Programme of Transition Studies at the Euro-College of the University of Tartu, post-graduate military diplomacy programme at the Lithuanian Military Academy as well as in various projects of the Estonian Academy of Young Scientists (ENTA). In 1998-2001 and in 2005, Tomas worked at the Defence Policy and Planning Department of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence. At the end of 1998 - beginning of 1999, he was a research fellow at the Swedish National Defence Establishment (FOA, now FOI).
At ICDS, Tomas focuses on the issues pertaining to science, technology and innovation, defence industry, security and defence governance and management (especially civil-military relations, whole-of-government approach and organisational culture), foresight and resilience.
14 February 2017
To Draft or Not to Draft: Defence Policy Choices in Lithuania and Latvia
Two years ago Lithuania made the announcement that mandatory military service for male citizens, suspended in 2008, was to be restored. This marked...
9 February 2017
Global Terrorism Index 2016
On February 9th, ICDS hosted the presentation of the new edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) by the Institute for Economics and Peace (Sydney,...
9 February 2017
Seminar “Fake or news?"
On February 9th, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ICDS held a seminar on disinformation titled „Fake or News? “. The seminar was...
14 December 2016
Resilience as Part of NATO's Strategy: Deterrence by Denial and Cyber Defence
The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of John Hopkins University published a study entitled “Forward Resilience: Protecting Society in...
13 December 2016
Presentation of Report on Estonia, Finland and Ireland in UNIFIL
ICDS Research Fellows Tony Lawrence, Tomas Jermalavičius and Anna Bulakh presented their report, “Soldiers of Peace: Estonia, Finland and Ireland in...
13 December 2016
Soldiers of Peace
Estonian, Finnish and Irish troops serve under a combined battalion in the UNIFIL mission in south Lebanon. The size of the contribution these three...
9 December 2016
ICDS Representative Speaks at the 2nd Baltic Defence Innovation Conference
On 8-9 December, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) and the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence organised in Vilnius the 2nd Baltic Defence...
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...