09
May 2024
Past Event
Reflections and Lessons from 20 Years of Estonian NATO Membership

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

Reflections and Lessons from 20 Years of Estonian NATO Membership

Past Event
Hudson Institute
May 09, 2024
Members of the Estonian army train on February 8, 2022, in Lasna, Estonia. (Photo by Paulius Peleckis/Getty Images)
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Members of the Estonian army train on February 8, 2022, in Lasna, Estonia. (Photo by Paulius Peleckis/Getty Images)
09
May 2024
Past Event

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

Speakers:
Ambassdor Kyllike Sillaste-Elling
Ambassdor Kyllike Sillaste-Elling

Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Daniel Kochis
Daniel Kochis

Senior Fellow, Center on Europe and Eurasia

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When Estonia joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on March 29, 2004, the country’s foreign minister said, “Ever since regaining our independence, one of the main tasks of every government of Estonia has been the security of our nation. Today, I can say that we are much closer to a peaceful and confident feeling in our hearts.”

But NATO has not only kept Estonia safe from existential threats. The alliance has also helped establish a framework that spurred the economic growth, inward investment, and entrepreneurial vibrancy that have become hallmarks of Estonia’s identity.

Tallinn has proven itself a serious defense actor, consistently living up to its Article III commitments to maintain and develop its security capacities. Estonian forces have reliably proven to be some of the most active contributors to NATO missions. Estonia remains one of Ukraine’s strongest supporters, materially and financially aiding Kyiv’s fight for freedom.

What insights should policymakers draw from Estonia’s 20-year NATO success story? How can Estonia’s experience guide aspirant nations like Ukraine through the membership process? How have Tallinn’s views on NATO shifted over the past two decades? And what does the alliance need to do to maintain credible deterrence at a time of heightened threats?

Ambassador Kyllike Sillaste-Elling, the undersecretary for political affairs at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will join Hudson for a conversation on the Estonian experience in NATO.

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