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Estonia’s defence spending: Upholding the NATO commitment

The primary goal of any nation-state is, first and foremost, to ensure its own security from internal and external threats. The Republic of Estonia is no different, with territorial integrity and the safety of its citizens ranking at the top of its list of foreign policy priorities. Today, as historically, …

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Estonia and the US: paving a way forward in cyber security

At the sidelines of the NATO ministerial meeting that took place in Brussels in December, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and US Secretary of State John Kerry signed a landmark agreement regarding cyber cooperation that, except for a few articles recycling press release text, went largely unheeded by both the …

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Military conflict in the Baltics – the worst-case scenario

It has been suggested that in the scenario of a hypothetical Russia’s attack on the Baltic States, it would commence with an attack on Lithuania, not Estonia or Latvia. The Lithuania Tribune recently presented an overview of the possible attack, based on Lithuania’s defence analyst Aleksandras Matonis’ analysis. The original article …

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President Ilves in London: “Big Brother” vs “Little Sister”

President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, extolled the virtues of Estonia’s e-government infrastructure and IT systems and discussed trust and identity on Tuesday in a keynote speech hosted by the Legatum Institute in London. The broad theme of Ilves’s speech was that of identity and trust. Making reference to Peter …

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Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania to form Baltic Battalion

Estonian Defense Ministry has released details of a planned joint battalion between Estonian, Latvia and Lithuanian forces, which would begin operating within NATO in 2016. The Baltic Battalion would consist of Estonia’s Scouts Battalion as well as infantry companies, anti-tank units, military police, and air traffic controllers from Latvia and …

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Estonian troops are taking part of large-scale NATO exercise Steadfast Jazz (video)

Estonia has sent 134 combatants on their way to Poland to take part in NATO’s exercise Steadfast Jazz. Exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013 takes place in a number of Alliance nations including the Baltic States and Poland. The purpose to train and test the NATO Response Force, a highly ready and …

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Turning around the 2007 cyber attack: lessons from Estonia

Estonia’s experience in handling the cyber attacks of 2007 has positioned the country as a thought leader in cyber security. This article outlines the major lessons learned from these serious instances of ultra-modern warfare, as told by Lauri Almann, the Permanent Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defence at the time …

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Target: Estonia – Britain’s nuclear plan for Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi

While Estonia was an unwilling member of the Soviet Union, from a military perspective it was a legitimate target in the event of a Soviet nuclear first-strike attack on the UK or its NATO allies. I will never forget the first time I saw a Vulcan bomber take-off. Standing next …

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Estonian firm floats a new idea to combat naval piracy (video)

Despite a decrease in global piracy during 2012, almost 300 vessels were boarded, hi-jacked or fired upon while sailing on the high seas. In the worst affected areas, such as the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, warships from a coalition of international navies are on patrol to …

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Estonian NGO contributes to the future of young Syrian refugees

Syria has been dominating the headlines of international media channels for quite some time now. It seems the conflict that has been going on for two years has little left to astonish us with. Nonetheless, amid the political debates and discussions on the appropriate international response to the civil war …

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