Posts tagged as security

President Kaljulaid meets with Speaker Pelosi, talks security, defence

Thursday, March 14, 2019

While on a working visit to the US, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late on Wednesday evening, with whom she discussed security and defence cooperation, the situation in Ukraine, hybrid threats as well as bilateral Estonian-US cooperation. “There has been strong bipartisan support for Estonia, NATO and transatlantic relations in both houses of Congress,” Ms Kaljulaid said at her meeting…

Baltics manipulate NATO finances to their advantage

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Three NATO member states – Denmark, Estonia and Latvia – are sure that they have made an important step towards the strengthening their security. On March 8 defence ministers of these countries opened the headquarters of Multinational Division North (MND N) in Latvia’s Adazi. It is known that during the NATO summit of July 11-12, 2018 in Brussels the letter of intent to create Multi-National Division North (MND North), a…

Israel security forces should face justice for Gaza killings: U.N.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

United Nations investigators said on Thursday Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year. The independent panel said it had confidential information about those it believes to be responsible for the killings, including snipers and commanders. “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an…

Independent Europe depends on the US

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Despite the “peaceful goals”, it is quite obvious, that US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (formally, Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is another step toward a new arms race and confrontation with Russia. It is remarkable, that Russian President has delivered Annual Address to the Federal Assembly last week. Vladimir…

Polish, Lithuanian presidents talk security, business

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Polish president’s chief of staff, Krzysztof Szczerski, said Duda and Lithuania’s Dalia Grybauskaite would issue a joint declaration pledging to cooperate on security issues. During her two-day trip to Poland, Grybauskaite was on Thursday also to meet the Speakers of the lower and upper houses of the Polish parliament. On Friday, Grybauskaite, whose term in office ends this year, was to hold talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Homeland Security, Democrats seem to find rare common ground after Central America trips

By Anne Flaherty on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to Central America this week where her message wasn’t all that different from several Democrats’.Their answer? More should be done to protect Central American families in the first place, so fewer seek refuge in the United States.The comments in recent days by Nielsen and Democratic lawmakers suggests there’s rare common groundon what’s mostly been an explosive and divisive political issue. It’s also in contrast to President Donald Trump’s past…

Small states’ influence grows through cooperation

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In his annual speech to the Riigikogu on foreign policy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Tuesday outlined the challenges facing Estonian policy and highlighted solutions that would help protect and promote rules-based order as well as serve Estonian policy and security interests. “In addition to celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Republic of Estonia, last year we also marked the 100th anniversary of the Ministry…

Resilience of Necessity in the Baltics

By Ojars Eriks Kalnins on Saturday, February 2, 2019

The fact that the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia managed to establish, lose, and restore their sovereign statehood during the 20th Century is no guarantee they will be able to preserve it in the 21st. But it gives them a heads up when facing the multiple hybrid security threats that they and other European states must contend with these days. After two world wars and 50 years…

Ben Hodges of CEPA and James Sherr Join the ICDS Team

By ICDS on Monday, January 21, 2019

Ben Hodges, former commander of the US Army in Europe and Pershing chair in strategic studies at CEPA, has joined the team of non-resident fellows at the International Centre for Defence and Security Studies (ICDS) in Tallinn, Estonia. In addition, internationally renowned expert on Russia and Ukraine James Sherr has become a senior research fellow at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute of the ICDS. Hodges served as commanding general of…

Foreign Minister Klimkin to visit Lithuania

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will pay a working visit to the Republic of Lithuania on January 10-11, the ministry’s press service reports. “The purpose of the visit is to participate in the annual discussion club Snow Meeting that is a platform to discuss topical issues related to current challenges to European and world security,” the report says. The topics of the current Snow Meeting will be the strengthening of…