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CGP Alumni Workshop in Saaremaa, Estonia

CGP Alumni Network members and staff stand in front of the Kuressaare Castle in Saaremaa, Estonia.

CGP Alumni Network members and staff stand in front of the Kuressaare Castle in Saaremaa, Estonia.

Center for Global Politics alumni members from around the world are gathering in Saaremaa, Estonia to discuss the pressing issue of the return of violent conflict to Europe.

News from Sep 02, 2015

The Center for Global Politics has this week kicked off its 8th Alumni Workshop. Running from the Monday the 31st of August to Saturday the 5th of September, the event this year is taking place along the Baltic seaside in Estonia.

The Alumni Network has a long history of successful and compelling workshops held in an array of locations scattered around the world. Over the last eight years, selected groups have come together to discuss some of the most pressing topics of our time, through international and cross-cultural dialogue.

Following our tradition of remote locations for these events, this year’s workshop is being held on the Estonian island of Saaremaa. Formerly a closed region during the Soviet era, this island is both geographically impressive, with long sandy beaches and tranquil forests, and also historically notable, home to the Kuressaare Castle.

This year’s workshop will focus on a topic that many thought was unthinkable just a few years previous: the return of violence and conflict to Europe. Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the continuing deadly conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine, tensions between Russia, NATO and the EU are at an all-time high. Estonia, as a frontline NATO member bordering the Russian Federation, is a poignant location for discussion on this grave topic.

The program for the workshop includes several days of panel discussions, working sessions, skill acquisition and peer learning. Participants will also have the opportunity to see the sights of Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, as well as time to explore the island of Saaremaa.