The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) had the honour of hosting a delegation of senior Estonian policy makers and public sector leaders on Tuesday, the 13th of September. This visit was part of a comprehensive management training programme organised by the Estonian Business School’s Executive Education unit and facilitated by TU Delft.
The delegation, comprised of esteemed members of Estonia’s government and public sector, embarked on this educational journey to gain valuable insights into various aspects of strategic thinking and policy formulation in the Netherlands. This visit followed a visit to HCSS by the Estonian defence minister Hanno Pevkur in June 2023.
HCSS was privileged to play a role in this enlightening experience by hosting an engaging workshop on geo-economics and defence topics.
During the workshop, HCSS analysts presented on a range of critical topics, fostering meaningful discussions and knowledge exchange. The subjects covered included:
- NATO after the Vilnius Summit, presented by Strategic Analyst Davis Ellison: Delving into the evolving dynamics of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation post the Vilnius Summit, highlighting the implications for regional security and cooperation, particularly following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- The Role of Information during Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, presented by Strategic Analyst Sofia Romansky: Analysing the pivotal role played by information dissemination in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian information tactics and Ukrainian communications strategies.
- Raw Materials: Challenges where the Dutch Government Can Play a Role, presented by Deputy Director Michel Rademaker: Exploring the challenges related to raw materials and identifying areas such as deep sea mining or recycling where governments can encourage intervention.
- Critical Raw Materials in Defence: Assessing the significance of critical raw materials in the defence sector and supply risk for critical materials in military applications.
This collaborative exchange of ideas and perspectives underscored the commitment of HCSS to facilitate informed discussions, through educational visits, on global challenges and strategic priorities.