President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is the patron of the conference and he will also host and speak at the event. The conference is jointly organised by the International Centre for Defence Studies - a Tallinn-based think tank for the analysis of security and defence policy questions - and the Lennart Meri European Foundation.
The conference will begin in the late afternoon on 29 March. This was both Lennart Meri's birthday (2009 would have been his 80th) and the day on which in 2004 Estonia achieved one of his most cherished foreign policy ambitions: the entry into NATO of Estonia and six other Central and East European states. It will end at lunch-time on 31 March.