Monday, 09 October 2017 / Published in News

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.

Monday, 02 October 2017 / Published in News

The Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) cordially invite you to attend the presentation of the outcomes of ALF’s region-wide survey report “Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Med Region 2017” on October 19th, 2017 at 14:00 (Registration is at 13:30) at Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM).

The Intercultural Trends Survey of the Anna Lindh Foundation, first established in 2010, presents scientific data on what people see as critical aspects of life in this Euro-Mediterranean region, their expectations, concerns and values.

This is the third edition of the Report, which was launched during the Maltese Presidency of the European Union that had Mediterranean dialogue as a central focus, and aimed at contributing to shaping new policies and programming in the framework of a renewed EU Southern Neighbourhood Policy in the face of unprecedented regional challenges.

The presentation in Tallinn is a part of a series of events taking place across the Euro-Med region to present the outcomes of the Report and offer insights and analysis from local and international experts.

An Intercultural Analysis and Panel Debate will follow the presentation to provide insights and commentary on the outcomes and reflect on the current state of affairs in the Euro-Med region and how Estonia sees it. The panellists are:

  • Shana Cohen, Director of the Think Tank on Social Change, Dublin
  • Ricard Zapata, Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Emilia Valsta, Research Assistant, American University of Cairo, Egypt (TBC)
  • Marek Tamm, Professor of Cultural History, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies, Tallinn University

The event is open to the public. To register, please follow this link.

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (Registration is open from 13.30)
Venue: Tallinn University, Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, Nova Building, Fourth Floor, Room N406, Narva mnt 27, Tallinn

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*The Estonian School of Diplomacy is the Head of the Estonian Anna Lindh Foundation Network since January 2016.

*The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding, with national networks of civil society organisations in 41 Euro-Med countries.

Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

Every year, the Estonian School of Diplomacy offers Scholarship through an open call to its postgraduate development programme. The next round will be launched in late Spring 2018.

For more information please contact Ms Kristiina-Maria Ploom at

Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

The five-day study visit and training, provided by the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), offers a delegation of diplomats from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with knowledge and skills on foreign and security policy, foreign service development and IT-related experience in Estonia. The study visit runs from September 25th until September 29th, 2017. The project is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the Development Cooperation Programme.

The delegation will meet experts from various Estonian institutions; including Estonian e-Governance Academy, Tallinn City Government, National Parliament of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership, Estonian EU Council Presidency, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, International Centre for Defence and Security, Enterprise Estonia, and the University of Tartu.

Over the years ESD has carried out several training projects with the aim on sharing Estonia’s reform experience and integration of the EU and NATO, foreign service formation, international relations, cooperation and diplomacy, international negotiations,  state and democracy building, public administration reform. A number of tailor-made short-term training projects have been launched for diplomats and civil servants from Afghanistan, Central-Asia, the Balkan countries, Palestine, Iraq and North-Africa.

ESD has been actively following developments of the European Union Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with a special interest in its the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative. In 2009 a tradition was established to organise multilateral public administration reform seminars and conferences targeted to state officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

On September 18th, 2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) commenced its academic year 2017/18 in Tallinn for its postgraduate diploma programme. Twenty-five students are enrolled this year. Nine Estonians and sixteen international students coming from fourteen countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean (Algeria, Egypt, Cameron, Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, China, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.)

The ESD Postgraduate Diploma is a nine months programme which runs annually from September until May the following year, offering mainly three thematic modules: International Relations, European Integration, and Diplomatic Studies.

The curriculum aims to provide knowledge and skills necessary for working in the field of international affairs. The studies are organised as a full-time evening course; with classes on four afternoons per week. The courses include classroom work (lectures and seminars) and independent work. The total amount of credit points obtainable is 75. The program is considered completed when at least 60 credit points have been collected.

This academic programme is organised in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The new round for scholarship for the next academic year 2018/2019 will be launched in late Spring 2018.

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Friday, 22 September 2017 / Published in News

From September 4th to September 8th,2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) hosted an 18-member delegation of diplomats from Ukraine for a study visit that focused on issues of soft power diplomacy and hybrid warfare. The delegation had the pleasure of meeting their peers from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as officials from various governmental institutions, including the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Government Office of Estonia. The delegation also met with a group of researchers from the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) and the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP).

The highlight of the study visit was the expert workshop on September 7th entitled “Information, Cyber and Hybrid Means as New Warfare Methods”, jointly hosted by the ESD together with the ECEAP. The workshop started with a panel discussion moderated by Piret Pernik, a research fellow from the ICDS, with panellists Dmytro Zolotukhin, the Deputy Minister of Information Policy for Ukraine, Dmitri Teperik, the chief executive of ICDS projects in Ukraine, and Sergiy Korsunsky, the director of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. The second panel included Dace Kundrāte, a senior expert with the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence, and from Ukraine Analytica; Hanna Shelest, editor in chief, and Yevgenia Gaber, deputy editor.

The panellists discussed the challenges and threats facing Ukraine, the existing experience in countering these challenges, and how to prevent them in the future. The discussions centred around issues such as resisting disinformation and questions such as, how to effectively stem Russian disinformation while adhering to values such as freedom of speech. Panelists stressed that Russia’s ability to reframe narratives. Also, they highlighted current domestic difficulties within Ukraine, such as the deepening lack of trust between society and government. The last part of the workshop concluded with a detailed look at the mechanisms used to frame the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, and the effective use of strategic communication by the Turkish government.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 / Published in News

On May 26 the study group of 2016/2017 graduated from the postgraduate diploma program „International Relations and European Integration“ of the Estonian School of Diplomacy. 23 students from 10 different countries were part of this year’s study group. The countries that were represented, were the following: Afganistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. The studies of the scholarship holders were made possible thanks to the development cooperation funds of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 / Published in News

In the academic year 2017/2018 Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers full scholarships for young diplomats and civil servants to participate in the Postgraduate Diploma program International Relations and European Integration taking place at the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn, from September 2017 until May 2018.

Study process:

– Training course International Relations and European Integration with the value of 60 ECTS Credit Points starts on September, 18 2017 and ends on May 31, 2018;
– Successful students will receive the ESD Diploma and Academic Record;
– Students from Estonia and from other countries study together. Language of instruction is English;
– Lecturers come from Estonia, other European countries, and the United States;
– Detailed curriculum for 2017/2018 is available on ESD website;
– The training course includes three thematic modules:
         International Relations;
         European Studies;
         Diplomatic Studies.

Scholarship covers:

– tuition fee;
– monthly allowance (450 EUR);
– accommodation in Tallinn (incl. utilities and internet connection);
– health insurance in Estonia during the studies;
– cost of Schengen visa and Estonian residence permit;
– scholarship does NOT cover the costs of travel to and from Tallinn.


The person applying for the scholarship:

  comes from a country eligible for ODA (see
– is not older than 35 years (when applying);
– has at least a BA degree;
– has very good command of English (speaking, reading, writing skills are required at the level of advanced);
– is currently employed by their country’s/territory’s foreign or civil service and has been working there for at least one year;
– is highly motivated to learn about international relations and related disciplines. Priority will be given to the candidates strongly motivated to continue their professional careers within the service of their respective country/territory;
– is hard working, co-operative and ready for cross-cultural study environment.

Application documents:

The applicant should present:
– ESD application form (downloadable HERE);
– CV in English;
– Motivation letter (1 page/300-400 words, explaining the reasons for applying, previous experience and how the studies will benefit the student’s future development);
– copies of university transcript in (unofficial) English translation, i.e. diploma of higher education and academic record;
– copy of (international) passport;
– 1 passport-sized photograph (to be added to the application form);
– academic essay (1,300-1,500 words with references) to be written on one of the topics below:

        1. My three visions on future US foreign policy
2. Europe after Brexit
3. A new international settlement for the Middle East
4. Quo vadis Eastern Partnership?

Application procedure

– Application documents can be submitted from April 14, 2017 by using Online Scholarship Application System.
– Application must reach ESD by June 92017 at the latest. Skype interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates.
– All candidates will be informed by e-mail about their enrolment status at the latest on June 19, 2017.
– Selected participants are expected to arrive in Tallinn on September 16-17, 2017.
– For further questions please contact Kristiina-Maria Ploom

Thursday, 23 March 2017 / Published in News

On March 13-17, ESD hosted a group of 23 Georgian civil servants form various ministries who came to Tallinn to gain knwoledge on EU approximation and learn the best practices of Estonia. The civil servants, who had been previously following an extensive training program in the Georgian Foundation of Strategic Studies (GFSIS), met with Estonian EU experts: Mr Keit Kasemets, Head of the EU Commission Representation in Tallinn; and Mr Taavi Rõivas, the Former Prime Minister, who gave and overview of the steps of Estonia’s EU pre-accession period and relevant reform experience as well as the benefits of EU memberships during the last 13 years. The visit also included a lecture on preparations for the Estonian EU Council Presidency, discussions on perspectives of Eastern Partnership, current security challenges and ICT. In addition the Georgian participants strenghtened their skills on international and EU negotiations; and met their respective local counterpast in ministries.

The visit was organised in cooperation with GFSIS. It makes part of a larger development project supported by the Swedish International Development Agency.

Friday, 27 January 2017 / Published in News

On 16-20 January a group of 14 Ukrainian diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine were on a study visit to Tallinn and Helsinki. The week was intense and full of both formal and informal meetings on foreign and security policy, international relations, e-governance, cyber security, ICT, e-voting, and the priorities of Estonia’s Pesidency of the EU Council.

While visiting the MFA Estonia, the UA delegation had the pleasure of hearing from their Estonian colleagues about the priorities of the Estonian foreign policy and business diplomacy. At the Estonian Parliament and at the ICDS, the UA delegation were introduced to the Estonian perspective on the current security challenges in Europe and its neighbourhood. Mr Hannes Hanso, the Head of the National Defence Committee of Riigikogu, and Mr Ants Laaneots, the member of the Estonia-Ukraine parliamentary group in Riigikogu, went deep into discussion about the current security situation in Ukraine and future perspectives of it.

The top moment of the visit was the Ukrainian diplomat’s meeting with Mr Sven Mikser, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. Minister Mikser underlined
the importance of ongoing bilateral relations between Estonia and Ukraine and acccentuated both Estonia’s and Europe’s continuous support to Ukraine in its reforms.

During the study trip the UA delegation visited also the Finnish MFA and the Helsinki based Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). The discussions focused on Finnish foreign policy, Finnish-Ukrainian bilateral relations and various conflict resolution cases currently on the table at CMI.

The visit of Ukrainian diplomats to Tallinn is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the resources of Estonian development cooperation.