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Government & politics, Munk School

Season Two Episode Twelve of The Paul Wells Show: Toomas Ilves on living in Russia’s shadow

As the former president of Estonia, Toomas Henrik Ilves has a unique perspective on Russian aggression. Though he grew up in the United States, he moved back to Estonia and got into politics, helping to lead a technological revolution that has given them a unique advantage for a country of only 1.3 million inhabitants. He talks to Paul about building up his country’s tech sector, pushing to get Estonia into NATO, and what it’s like watching from a small, Baltic country as Russia grows more aggressive.

This episode was recorded live at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

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