Thursday, 05 January 2017 / Published in News

Mrs Marina Kaljurand visited the Diplomatic Training Center of the Georgian MFA and participated in panel discussion Nordic-Baltic Security Cooperation: Facing Threts From Russia

On 13-17 December the ESD graduate and the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Mrs Marina Kaljurand visited ESD’s project partner in Georgia – the Diplomatic Training Centre (DTC) of the Georgian MFA. In the frame of the visit Mrs Kaljurand gave a 2-day lecture course on practical diplomacy, and information and communication technologies. In addition,  on Dec 16 Mrs Kaljurand together with Director Ekke Nõmm participated in a panel discussion entitled “Nordic-Baltic Security Cooperation: Facing Threats From Russia” co-organised by ESD and the Geogrian Foundation of Strategic and Interantional Studies.

The visit Mrs Kaljurand was financed by the resources of Estonian development cooperation in the framework of mulilateral project aimed at developing the capacity of DTC.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 / Published in News

On Dec 14 Prof Egdūnas Račius from Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania gave a public lecture on „What Cultural Environment the Refugees of the Middle East come from: A Look Beyond Islam”. In his lecture Mr Račius focused on two key topics. Firstly, he argued that it’s important to understand that not all refugees of the Middle East are Muslims – a common misconception. Mr Račius underlined that, in fact, non-Muslims face a bigger risk of being the target of insurgents and rebels due to which they are forced to flee their countries. Secondly, in order to draw some conclusions on the cultural background of the refugees, one ought to understand what it actually means to be a Muslim in contemporary world. Yet, given the West’s lack of knowledge of both Islam and Muslims, there is a tendency to dislike everything related to Muslims: their behaviour, beliefs and culture. Mr Račius stressed that one should make a difference between muslimophobia and islamophobia. While the former is culture-focused hatred, the latter is religion-focused hostility.

This public lecture was organised by ESD in the framework of Estonian Network of Anna Lindh Foundation. In Feb 2016 ESD was elected the head organisation of ALF Estonia.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 / Published in News

Invited to Tallinn by Estonian Parliament Riigikogu, Mr Klaus Welle, the Secretary General of the European Parliament, visited Tallinn on 2nd of Dec to hold a public lecture and meet the students of ESD. Mr Welle held a short speech entitleled The EU – Preparing For The Next 25 Years in which he looked the roots of all recent crisis in Europe: financial crisis, migration crisis, reviving views of political extremism etc. According to Welle, the blame for crisis lies within the EU member states that have not properly followed the rules and regulations set by the EU. For Welle it is important to ensure the implementation of three crucial security conceptions: external security, internal security and social security, which sould be granted within the EU as well as in it’s neighbourhood.
The main message of Welle’s address was that the EU should transit from its current, predominantly legislative regime to a supplementary, scrutinising and executive regime. The EU should offer capabilities when member states’ capacities have been exhausted. This includes the EU looking the at developments on all levels of member states’ actions. SG Welle pointed out that the integration of the EU is likely to continue, but there should be no euphoria to expect treay changes as the potentials of existing treaties have not been sufficiently used and exhausted yet.

ESD students asked Mr Welle questions related to security and Eastern Partnership. The event was moderated by ESD Director Mr Ekke Nõmm.

We thank the Information Bureau of European Parliament in Tallinn.

Sunday, 13 November 2016 / Published in News

On 17-21 Oct 6 diplomats from Morocco, Jordan and Egypt came to a study visit to Tallinn. The aim of the visit was to refresh exiting relations, to generate new ideas for cooperation, to discuss foreign policy and security matters and introduce Estonian reform experience. Arab diplomats met with Estonian colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to learned about Estonian foreign policy priorities. Presentations touched upon consular, business, cultural and public diplomacy as well as e-services, e-government and cyber security. The program also included a brief training course on the EU’s external affairs and foreign policy. In addition, a public seminar entitled “Perception of Current Security Threats in Europe and Arabia” too place with security analysts from Estonia: Mr Erkki Bahovski (Editor in chief of Diplomaatia) and Mr Pauli Järvenpää (researcher at ICDS). The discussion was moderated by ESD Director Mr Ekke Nõmm.

The study visit included a brief trip to Helsinki to meet Finnish colleagues at the MFA. The discussions focused on broader Northern European context.

The visit of Arab diplomats to Tallinn was financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the recourses of Estonian development cooperation.

Monday, 24 October 2016 / Published in News

International Forum on Diplomatic Training is an annual informal gathering that brings together deans and directors of diplomatic academies and institutes of IR accross the wordl. The forum held its 43rd meeting on 20-23 Sep in Canberra, Australia, hosted by Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. The agenda focused on challenges and opportunities for diplomacy in, what has been widely dubbed, the Asian Century. The forum looked at the big picture of current trends in IR, the regional picture of Asia-Pacific diplomacy, and the picture of a diplomat who has to develop skill-sets to navigate both challenges and opportunities in Asia and beyond.

In the event ESD was represented by Director Ekke Nõmm. The IFDT operates as a conference of network building, exhange of ideas and opportunities for cooperation. For more information read click here.
The event was opened by keynote speech of Prof Alan Hendrikson, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. Prof Henrikson has been a guest lecturer at ESD in spring 2015.

Monday, 26 September 2016 / Published in News

On 12 Sep a new group of young diplomats, civil servants and people interested in international relations commenced their studies at ESD in the study program International Relations and European Integration. the group consists of students from 10 countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Aserbaijan, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgystan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine. The program lasts from Sep 2016 until May 2017.

The studies of foreign students are financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the recourses of development cooperation.

Monday, 26 September 2016 / Published in News

In 2016-2017 ESD offers a number of courses in English that can be studied without passing full ESD curriculum. The student can sign up for courses most interesting for him/her. The student is expected to attend all chosen courses on the same bases as the full time student, i.e. completing all required assignments with positive results in order to pass the course. Upon successful completions the student will be given a certificate to prove course volume and results.

Prices for individual courses in 2016-2017 are:
210 EUR for a course of 3 credit points
420 EUR for a course of 6 credit points

See ESD 2016-2017 curriculum here to make your choice

For more information please contact Ms Mari-Liis Mäevere at

Monday, 26 September 2016 / Published in News

On 17 Feb ESD was elected to become for the next two years the head organisation of Anna Lindh Foundation’s (ALF) Estonian national network.
Anna Lindh Foundation is a platform that aims to bring people together from across the Mediterranean: Northern and Southern Europe, North Africa and Middle East, to imporve mutual respect between cultures and to support civil society working for a common future for the region. Each member state of ALF consist of institutions and NGOs interested in cooperation.

Since launching in 2005 ALF has supported common projects in the field of culture, education and media. ALF has national networks in 43 countries across the Mediterranean region that includes more than 4000 civil society organisations. Through its actions and reflections ALF aims to contribute to development of an Interncultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region, providing recommendations to decision-makers and institutions for advocating shared values.

For more information visit

The purpose of ALF Estonian network is to brake sterotypes in Estonian society, open dialogue on cultural diversity and enhance co-existence of different cultures and people. ALF Estonian network consists of 17 local civil society organisations.

Contact ALF Estonia coordinator at

Monday, 15 August 2016 / Published in News

In coopration with its foreign partners from Lithuania and London, ESD is training Estonian officials for the Estonian EU Council Presidency in 2017. The project is called “Horisontal trainings for the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union“. The purpose of the project is to train approximately 1000 Estonian presidency staff and to prepare them for a successful EU Council presidency in the second half of 2017. The long term purpose of the project is to raise general qualifications of Estonian officials for working in the civil service.

The trainings are carried out by international concortium – the ECE Group – that consists the following organisations:
ESD – Estonian School of Diplomacy (Tallinn, Estonia)
CPDS – Center of Political and Diplomatic Studies (London, UK)
ESTEP – European social, economic and law consultancy (Vilnius, Lithuania)

The trainings take palce in Tallinn and Brussels from March 2016 until Feb 2017. The number of participants is reaches to 1000 people from various ministries and relevant sub-agenses.

During the trainings 5 thematic modules will be covered:
EU Institutions and Decision-Making
EU Law
Negotiating in the EU
Cooperation with European Parliament
Chairing the EU Council meetings

The ECE Group pool of trainers includes lecturers from Estonia, UK, Lithuania, Slovenia, Ireland

Public trender for this project was launched by Ministry of Finance and State Chancellery, and it is financed by the European Social Fund

For additional information please contact

Monday, 04 July 2016 / Published in News

On 6-10 June 2016 ESD hosted 10 diplomats from the Central Asia: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan. The four countries have been in the focus of ESD since 2014. The program of the multilateral study visit, that was financed by the Estonian development cooperation, involved meetings in Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Parliament, State Chancellery and other state institutions. The purpose of the visit was to reinforce relations between Estonian and Central Asian officials, to present Estonian reform experience and enhance knowlegde on Baltic and Nordic cooperation. The visit also included meetings in Helsinki, in Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Crisis Management Initative (CMI) organisation.

The visit is part of a larger project that will host foreign diplomats in Estonia from Central Asia, Northen Africa and the Middle East between 2016-2017. Next stuy visit to diplomats form Northen Africa is scheduled on 17-21 Oct.

The project is financed from the recourses of Estonian development cooperation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.