IFS Info no. 1/2002
Estonian Defence Ten Years of Development
Ten Years of Development
What has been the goal of Estonian military development in the post-Soviet period? Is it to integrate with EU and NATO, or to gain a defence capability for military security? Erik Männik looks at policy goals, structures and allocation of resources in Estonia between 1991 and 2002 and explains the development of the Estonian military.
Erik Männik studied from 1985 to 1993 chemical engineering at Tallinn Technical University. His studies were in 1985-1987 interrupted by compulsory service in the Soviet Army. In 1994 Erik Männik became a government employee. He has worked on different posts in the Estonian Ministry of Defence and Security Police Board. His last position was Head of Defence Policy Planning Bureau, Department of Policy and Plans, Ministry of Defence.
From January 2000 to November 2001 he has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in International Security of Manchester Metropolitan University and since November last year PhD student at the Department of Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University.