“Cold War Leadership: The Estonian Experience”
February 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership
Mart Laar, former Prime Minister of Estonia, will speak of the country’s experiences during the Cold War. Alex Tahk, the Director of the Thompson Center, will moderate this discussion. Participants can submit questions during the event through the streaming page.
Mart Laar, Ph.D., was born in 1960 in Soviet-occupied Estonia. He participated in the Resistance movement and worked for the restoration of Estonian statehood in 1991. He has served twice as Prime Minister of the Estonian Republic. Under his first government, Estonia made the turn from East to West and in his second, this turn was made irreversible by joining the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Laar is credited with having helped bring about Estonia’s rapid economic growth and development, including e-government. Laar has published several books on history and politics, including War in the Woods on the Estonian armed Resistance movement after the end of Second World War.