With global attention focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Europe has re-emerged as a hotspot for global peace and security. As one of Europe’s leading voices on defense, security assistance and the future of multilateral cooperation, former President of Estonia H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid has well understood the forces at play since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as their impact on the transatlantic community.

President Kaljulaid holds the distinction of being the first woman elected president of her country as well as the youngest president at the time of her election. During her five-year term, she was an avid proponent of improving cybersecurity and cyber defense, of strengthening multilateral mechanisms — including the U.N., European Union and NATO — and of better understanding the implications of international law on modern conflict. 

On May 10, USIP hosted an exclusive conversation with H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid on the current state of European security and the future of multilateral cooperation since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Following a keynote address by President Kaljulaid, USIP President Lise Grande joined President Kaljulaid for a fireside chat, which will also address the role of women leaders in Europe in mobilizing a collective international response to the war in Ukraine. 

Take part in the conversation on Twitter with #KaljulaidUSIP.

Speakers

H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, keynote remarks
Former President of Estonia

Lise Grande, moderator
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

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