With the long summer break beginning with Jaanipäev’s arrival, the conference followed a day after an event at the US Embassy celebrating July 4, Independence Day, and also examined US relations with the Latvia and Lithuania.
After the introductions and presentation of a commemorative postage stamp issued by Omniva/Eesti Post to mark the event, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who grew up in New Jersey and served as President of Estonia from 2006 to 2016, delivered the keynote address at the conference.
This was followed by a panel discussion skillfully moderated by Professor Andres Kasekamp of the University of Toronto and featuring the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jonatan Vseviov, also a former Estonian Ambassador to the United States, the Chargé Brian R. Roraff, the top US diplomat currently based in Estonia, Kristjan Prikk, the current Estonian Ambassador to the United States and, via a pre-recorded video link message, the former US Ambassador to the United States. NATO Kurt Volker.
After lunch, academic panels brought together Kaarel Piirimäe, associate professor of contemporary history at the University of Tartu and co-author of a centennial collection called The American Century. One hundred years of relations between the United States and Estonia, Dr Mart Kuldkepp (UCL), Dr Giedrius Janauskas (Vytautas Magnus, Kaunas), Prof. Olavi Arens (Georgia Southern University), Prof. Daunis Auers (University of Latvia) and Andris Banka (University of Greifswald).
The event was co-hosted by the US Embassy in Tallinn and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and can be re-watched, or even viewed for the first time, here, or by clicking on the video link above.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has archival photographs and documents from the history of diplomatic relations between Estonia and the United States here.
The United States recognized de jure the independent Republic of Estonia on July 28, 1922, under President Warren Harding.
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