Modern World – Modern Threats? Featuring President Toomas Ilves of Estonia


Monday, September 28, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Location: SUNY School of Optometry Auditorium, 33 West 42nd Street

Toomas Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia, in conversation with Mark Galeotti, director of the Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats. Introduction by Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies.
We live in times where creating and maintaining a competitive, prosperous, and secure Europe and trans-Atlantic space faces challenges not only in the military field, but also on a number of other fronts.  We have ISIS or Daesh at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, we have a refugee crisis emanating from North Africa, and economic and political crises in Europe. Any one of these issues separately would be daunting. But in addition we see, a quarter century after what we thought was the end of the Cold War, a revanchist and revisionist Russia that has opted out of the global and European security arrangements. As opposed to the annus mirabilis 25 years ago that gave Eastern Europe the chance to opt for freedom and democracy, the year 2014 was an annus horribilis. Russia's aggression in Ukraine marked a paradigm shift, the end of trust in the post-Cold War order.

The trans-Atlantic community needs to answer a number of crucial questions: What are the new challenges Europe and the world are facing? How can Europe best tackle these threats? How to respond to hybrid aggression? Today, it is once again very important to reaffirm the transatlantic bond and the values that underpin it as a basis for articulating a clear vision and strategy for the future.

To mark the launch of the Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats (ISET), the Center for Global Affairs and NYU School of Professional Studies are honored to welcome Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia and a noted expert and commentator in a range of fields, from cyber-security and e-government to trans-Atlantic relations and Russia's policies towards NATO and the Baltic. In conversation with Dr. Galeotti, a globally-recognized expert in transnational crime, non-conventional conflict, and Russian security affairs, President Ilves will address the security challenges of the modern world and in particular how Western, democratic societies can address the diverse and blended "hybrid" threat posed most recently by Russia.

This event is free and open to the public, but attendees must pre-register here


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