Lecture / Reading

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas of the Republic of Estonia

Sponsored by Stanford University Libraries and Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley


Monday, December 8, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Green Library, Bender Room, 5th floor
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Join us for an engaging talk with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas of the Republic of Estonia who will discuss

Leveraging Technology in Turbulent Times: How to ensure security and economic growth in an unpredictable global environment


Governments around the world are searching for new ways to cope with multiple evolving challenges. The international security order is changing, impacted by recent events in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, the Ebola epidemic, and other crises. Economies around the globe are struggling with sluggish growth and an uneven recovery following the 2008 financial crisis.

Meanwhile, a digital society is emerging and public expectations related to its transparency in the public sector are growing. Based on Estonia’s firsthand experience, it can perhaps offer innovative ideas and insights into addressing such challenges. Estonians have learned how to maintain the security and defense of a country with 1.3 million people living on a thin, flat strip of land in a (once again) turbulent neighborhood. Estonians have also learned how to sustain economic growth and public finance in a small, open economy.

The Estonian government has tried to make the most of its digital advances and now offers digital services to anyone in the world through its new e-residency initiative. Estonia’s lessons provide food for thought as it grapples with how to remain an innovative country in an unpredictable global environment.

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Free and open to the public.

Space is limited, RSVP to: liisi.esse@stanford.edu, (650) 736-4724.