On Thursday, 7 March, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, retired Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, will give a lecture „NATO’s adaption to European security challenges today“. The lecture will take place in the main building of university (Ülikooli 18), room 140, at 10.00–12.00.
In the lecture topics connected with the security issues of Estonia and Europe will be discussed. Ben Hodges speaks about Europe’s current security environment and the role of Putin’s Russia in it. More specifically, Hodges focuses on NATO's adaptation to a changed security situation, such as whether and how to reform or improve military cooperation between member states, NATO exercises and presence. Special attention will be paid to the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.
Lieutenant General Frederick Benjamin (Ben) Hodges is a former commander of the United States Army Europe (2014–2017) and the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Recently he joined the team of non-resident fellows at the International Centre for Defence and Security Studies (ICDS), where he is contributing to analysis on strengthening the military capabilities of NATO’s eastern flank. In addition to several positions in Europe, he has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. In 2015, the President of Estonia awarded Hodges with the Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 2nd class.
This lecture will be held within the course “Power in International Politics” of the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies. Lieutenant General is hosted by the University of Tartu in cooperation with the Baltic Defense College.
Additional information: Olga Bogdanova olga.bogdanova [ät] ut.ee