FORA.tv Speaker - Toomas Ilves

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Biography

Toomas Hendrik Ilves became the fourth president of Estonia in 2006. Born in Sweden to Estonian refugees, President Ilves grew up and went to school in the United States. After earning his degrees, President Ilves became a teacher and researcher at Columbia University; assistant director at the Open Education Center in Englewood, New Jersey; and a lecturer in Estonian literature and linguistics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. In the 1980s, he worked as a journalist for Radio Free Europe in Munich and became actively involved in Estonia’s politics. In 1993, two years after Estonia gained its independence, he became the country’s ambassador to the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Three years later, he became Estonia's foreign affairs minister. After a brief year-long period as chairman of the North Atlantic Institute, he was again appointed foreign affairs minister. From 2002 to 2004, he was a member of Estonia's Parliament, and then served a two-year term as a member of the European Parliament. President Ilves earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.

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The Transatlantic Relationship: Does it Matter?

03.26.10 | 01:23:42 min | 1 comment