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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and the former president of Estonia. He has previously served as Estonian foreign minister, member of European Parliament, and the ambassador of Estonia in Washington.

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Analysis and Commentary

John McCain’s European Example

by Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Politico
Monday, August 27, 2018

The American was the greatest transatlanticist of the post-Cold-War era.

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Russia, China, And The Future Of Democracy

interview with Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Nick Clegg, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Felipe Calderónvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 20, 2018

Analyzing the future of democracy with former prime ministers and presidents. Featuring Nick Clegg, Felipe Calderón, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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Russia, China, and the Future of Democracy

interview with Nick Clegg, Felipe Calderón, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Anders Fogh Rasmussenvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 20, 2018


Analyzing the future of democracy with former prime ministers and presidents. Featuring Nick Clegg, Felipe Calderón, Toomas Henrik Ilves, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Uncommon Knowledge in Copenhagen: Revitalizing Democracies Around the World
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Uncommon Knowledge In Copenhagen: Revitalizing Democracies Around The World

interview with José María Aznar, Felipe Calderón, Nick Clegg, Stephen Harper, Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Building an Alliance of Democracies.

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Cybersecurity League, Assemble!

by Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

Unlike the Cold War, today’s asymmetrical “code war” makes open nations uniquely vulnerable. The free world must form a united front against cyberattacks.

Analysis and Commentary

A Digital Defense Alliance

by Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Berlin Policy Journal
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The digital age has given rise to new threats against liberal democracies―threats that are independent of geography and asymmetric by nature. To face them, we need a “Cyber NATO.”

Estonia's Rise Into A Digital Nation

by Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Monday, November 6, 2017

When it comes to moving infrastructure and services online, most nations' efforts lag well behind both the private sector and public expectations.


We Need A Global League To Protect Against Cyberthreats To Democracy

by Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia The Washington Post
Thursday, October 5, 2017

With Facebook handing over Russian propaganda ads from the U.S. election to Congressional investigators, we must understand that this is part of a much broader assault. The threat of these digital attacks extends to all democracies, in the West and beyond.

Analysis and Commentary

Merkel Must Stand Up To Putin Over The Hacking Of Democracy

by Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Financial Times
Sunday, September 3, 2017

Germany should call on its Nato allies to impose higher costs on Russia.

I’ll Gladly Pay You Tuesday

by Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Policy Review
Friday, March 30, 2012

Slowly, ever so slowly, we are realizing, or at least should be, that the fundamental reordering
of Europe that began with the crumbling collapse of an overextended and