Tony Lawrence is a research fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security, where he focuses on issues of defence policy and strategy. He worked at ICDS from its establishment in 2006 until 2013, returning to the Centre in 2016 after a career break. His major projects have included chairing a multidisciplinary study of options for the future of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, conducting an exploration of Estonia’s force structure needs, leading a study evaluating alternatives for organising strategic-level defence institutions in Estonia, and directing the 2013 Annual Baltic Conference on Defence
Between 2005 and 2013, Tony was also an Assistant Professor at the Baltic Defence College, responsible for the design and delivery of around 50% of the annual Higher Command Studies Course. Tony spent the first half of his career as a civil servant in the UK Ministry of Defence, including appointments in scientific research and procurement, and policy positions dealing with NATO issues, operational policy in the Balkans, the European Union’s security and defence dimension – now CSDP – and ballistic missile defence.
Tony hold a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, a master’s Degree in Defence Systems Engineering, and is a graduate of the annual International Training Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
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.
24 April 2017
Theresa May’s Cynical Election Gambit
Theresa May’s announcement on Tuesday that she will seek a snap general election in June came a shock, particularly since she had regularly insisted...
24 March 2017
Visit by International Relations Society of Tallinn University
On 24 March, Research Fellows Tomas Jermalavičius Kalev Stoicescu, Piret Pernik and Tony Lawrence hosted a visit by members of the International...
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.
16 March 2017
European Defence Spending: Turning a Corner?
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued his Annual Report this week, including the most recent figures for the Allies’ defence expenditure.
20 February 2017
Maritime Aspects of Defence and Deterrence
On 20 February, ICDS was pleased to welcome delegations from the United States and the three Baltic states to a seminar to discuss the maritime...
31 January 2017
No Future in England’s Dreaming
Theresa May’s first meeting with Donald Trump was widely judged to have been a success.
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...