Yesterday morning, October 8th, 2017, Estonian historian, Dr Vahur Made, deputy director of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, passed away after long and serious illness. Dr Made’s funeral service will take place on October 13th, 2017 at 11AM at the Pärnamäe cemetery.
Born on July 11th, 1971, Made graduated from Jakob Westholm Gymnasium, graduated in 1994 cum laude from the University of Tartu – History Department. At the age of 27, he defended his dissertation titled ‘Estonia and the League of Nations’ at the University of Tartu in 1999.
Made worked as a journalist in the 90s at Postimees and Äripäev newspapers and was a long-time writer for the Estonian National Broadcasting company. He was a co-professor at the Estonian Supreme Commercial School in 1998-1999. From 1996 to 2001, he worked as a historian at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tartu. Since 2005, Made had been a professor at the Institute of History and Archaeology.
Made acted as a member of the Citizens’ Committees and was a member of the Estonian Parliament.
He was a member of the Estonian Academic History Association since 1998. He had been a member of the Association of European Studies of the Universities of England since 2000.
Made was the Vice-President of the Estonian Association of European Community Studies and a member of the Estonian NATO Association Council. Since 2003, he had been a member of the European Political Studies Consortium as the official representative of the Estonian School of Diplomacy.
Made had participated at various international conferences in London, Riga, Birmingham, Budapest, Bordeaux, New York, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Kiev, Tbilisi and others.
Made’s main field of research were the European Union and European Integration, the European Union’s Neighbourhood Policy, the history of Estonia’s foreign policy, the issues of the security development of the Baltic Sea region, the participation and role of the Baltic States in international organisations, and the issues of the Baltic States in international relations during the Cold War period.
Vahur Made will be missed by his wife Annika, and sons, Morten, Rasmus and Kaspar, and parents Reet and Tiit Made, his brother, Tambet Made and his friends and colleagues.