Bringing the ideas of Tallinn University to the world - and vice versa. Hosted by Terry McDonald.
1.6 Why Estonia Matters - Education
Estonia is a world-leader in education. For example, in 2018 Estonian 15 year-olds had the highest scores in Europe in the OECD's PISA tests - the best standardized measurement of educational success available today. What is it about the Estonian education system that works so well? Are there lessons that other countries and educators should take from Estonia's experience? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Mati Heidmets from Tallinn University's Centre of Excellence in Educational Innovation to find out.
1.5 - Vaccine Diplomacy with Prof. Mika Aaltola
Major powers have been using Covid vaccines - and the desire other states have for access to them - to buy allies and enhance their global reputations. Russia, China, the USA, and the EU have all had different approaches and agendas when it comes to this vaccine diplomacy - and this has been a force in international relations and the global Covid response. In this episode, we discuss this phenomenon and its implications with Dr. Mika Aaltola.
Dr. Aaltola is the Director of FIIA, a tenured professor of International Relations and European Union Affairs at Tallinn University, and holds the rank of docent at Tampere University. He has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University, Sciences Po (CERI), and Johns Hopkins as well as a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota. His areas of expertise include the U.S. global role, dynamics of major power politics, democratic vulnerability, pandemic security, and Finnish foreign policy. His latest published monograph is Democratic Vulnerability and Autocratic Meddling – The ‘Thucydidean Brink’ in Regressive Geopolitical Competition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021).
1.4 - Why Bees Matter - Green Month Special Episode!
Do you know what bees mean to society, and what you can do to help them thrive? Dr. Liisa Puusepp of the Tallinn University Institute of Ecology joins us to talk about how bees made your breakfast, pollination corridors, and why she has 100 000 bees on the roof of Tallinn University.
This episode is our contribution to TLU's Green Month initiative - you can find other events here https://linktr.ee/GreenMonthTLU .
1.3 Estonia and Belarus - How to build a lasting democracy (or not)
How did Estonia succeed in building a lasting democracy, while Belarus still fights for one? Our guests Dr. Leif Kalev (Professor of State and Citizenship Theory - TLU) and Belarusian Activist Irina Suursild discuss the divergent paths of their two nations since 1991.
For those who want to help build democracy in Belarus - here are some links:
1.2 - Estonia's Shelter with Fmr. Ambassador Michael McFaul
A conversation with former US Ambassador to Russia Prof. Michael McFaul. We discuss changes in US foreign policy in the region from Prof. McFaul's time in the Obama administration, through the Trump era, and what a Biden Presidency will mean for Estonia and the region as a whole. Plus, we reflect on Prof. McFaul's personal experiences in Estonia, Russia, and the USSR, and muse on the future of International Relations. Recorded at the Tallinn University Winter School of International Relations - 26 February 2021.
1.1 - "Why Estonia Matters" feat. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
In our inaugural episode, we meet with the former President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and discuss the role of Estonia in the wider world, along with some of his personal history and unique insights into Estonian politics - near and abroad. Hosted by Terry McDonald