CIOR partnering with distinguished Defence Institution

In place of the normal Summer Congress Symposium, CIOR is in Tallinn co-sponsoring with the International Centre for Defence & Security its internationally recognised ’Annual Baltic Conference on Defence’. This is a one-day event – this year entitled ”Strengthening Baltic Societal Resilience and Military Defence”.

 – For CIOR this is a prestigious opportunity to co-operate with an important defence institution, says President Argent.

By: Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt.Col.  (R) Norwegian Army/CIOR Public Affairs

The host for the ABCD is the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn.

After introductions by the President and Prime Minister of Estonia, topics being covered are the COVID-19 Pandemic, NATO in the Baltics, and – in the afternoon – Reserves. The title of the latter is: ”The role of reserves in the current and likely future security environments”. Speakers include senior officers and politicians from Estonia, US, UK, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

From an earlier ABCD conference. Photo: ICDS.

All those who are attending the ’Late Summer Congress’ in Tallinn in person can participate, and virtual facilities will be provided for everyone else who wants to follow the event online.

– All of this is really relevant to CIOR, and frankly the list of speakers is such that we could not hope to rival it, says CIOR President, UK Colonel (Retd.), Chris Argent – who is hoping this might only be the beginning of  fruitful partnership.

– There is definitely a long term possibility of ongoing cooperation with the ICDS, Argent enthusiastically says.

The International Centre for Defence and Security has published a wide range of reports on international peace and security issues , in cooperation with – among others – the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, well known in CIOR through the annual winter Seminar. Photo: ICDS.

Link to the ABCD website, with the current version of the program. The conference is hosted by the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn.