Director: Dr Kristi Raik
The Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut (EFPI) was founded in 2000 and has been a member of TEPSA since 2003. In 2018, EFPI was merged with the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn and since then operates as an autonomous unit under the ICDS, which is an independent think tank. In the meantime, the staff of EFPI has grown to five full-time members and two non-resident fellows. EFPI research is focused on three broad topics: European (including EU and selected member states’) foreign and security policy, Russia’s foreign and security policy, and China’s foreign and security policy and its implications for Europe. The main funding of EFPI comes from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The mission of EFPI is to promote a deeper understanding of international and EU affairs and of Estonia’s role in a changing world by conducting relevant research and providing a forum for informed discussion and analysis. To this end, the staff of EFPI conducts research that serves foreign policy decision-making, takes part in seminars and conferences in Estonia and abroad, produces commentary to the media, organizes public lectures, seminars and conferences, and participates in international research networks. EFPI co-operates closely with government bodies, universities, and other research institutes in Estonia and abroad.
- “Estonia’s Partners in the EU Coalition Machinery: Maximising Influence in the EU through Coalition-building”, Josef Janning and Kristi Raik (EFPI, Estonia)
- “The Talsinki Tunnel: Channelling Chinese Interests into the Baltic Sea”, Frank Jüris (EFPI, Estonia)
- “The Russian Orthodox Church: Faith, Power and Conquest”, James Sherr and Kaarel Kullamaa (EFPI, Estonia)
- “Report: Baltic Expert Assessment of Risks and Trends facing the Baltic Region in the Next Five Years”, Justinas Mickus and Piret Kuusik (EFPI, Estonia)
- “Staying ahead of the Curve: The Baltic States and the next 15 years of the EU’s foreign and security policy”, Piret Kuusik (EFPI, Estonia)
- “Nordic Ideals of Estonia and Finland: a Longing for a Strong Leader Sets Finland and Estonia apart from Scandinavia”, Kristi Raik (EFPI, Estonia)
- “Zelensky and the War: Is His System Fit for Purpose?”, James Sherr (EFPI, Estonia)
- “Russians in Europe: Nobody’s Tool – The Examples of Finland, Germany and Estonia”, Anna Tiido (EFPI, Estonia)
- “Post-Crimea Shift in EU-Russia Relations: From Fostering Interdependence to Managing Vulnerabilities” (EFPI, Estonia)
- Expert on China Frank Jüris joined EFPI/ICDS (EFPI, Estonia)