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10th Lennart Meri Conference to focus on future of Europe, the West

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10th Lennart Meri Conference to focus on future of Europe, the West
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The 10th annual Lennart Meri Conference to take place in Tallinn on May 13-15 is to be titled "Shaping the New Normal" and is to focus on the future of Europe and the West, the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) said.

Topics to be discussed at the conference include the refugee crisis, the forthcoming NATO Warsaw Summit, Putin's military adventures, the IS terrorist group and the Middle East, the U.S. presidential election, Europe's neighborhood policy, China's vigorous rise, information warfare, nuclear deterrence and digital challenges for our security.

Speakers at the conference include the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Harlem Desir, Romanian Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu, Swedish Foreign Minister Peter Hultquist, Deputy Secretary-General of NATO Alexander Vershbow, the commanding general of the United States Army Europe, Ben Hodges, former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski, the U.S. Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, Daniel Fried, and the Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrey Kortunov.

Before the official start of the conference a trip to Estonia's eastern regional capital Narva in cooperation with the Narva College of the University of Tartu is to take place on May 12.

BNS is the media partner of the conference.

The Lennart Meri Conference is organized by the International Center for Defense and Security with the Lennart Meri Foundation.

Lennart Meri was president of Estonia from 1992-2001.

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