Tallinn: August 22-24, 2014


Come experience again the camaraderie and intellectual stimulation of your GMAP year with fellow alumni, current students, and faculty in one of the great historical capitals of Europe. This is an extraordinary time to be in Estonia. In the midst of potentially massive geopolitical developments in Eastern Europe, the Alumni Weekend affords a unique opportunity to examine the current regional climate with local experts and fellow members of the GMAP community.


During the weekend in Tallinn, you can look forward to meeting and engaging with some of the forefront authorities on the current challenges facing European Security. On Friday evening not only will we be joined by Dean James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, but he will speak on our Keynote Defense Panel alongside Estonian Minister of Defense Sven Mikser and Chief of Defense Riho Terras.

During the Saturday and Sunday Continuing Education sessions, discussions will be lead by Dean Nutter; Associate Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Taliaferro; Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Estonian Parliament Mr. Marko Mihkelson; and Ambassador Marina Kaljurand (FG95), First Undersecretary and Legal Adviser at the Estonian foreign ministry, former Ambassador of Estonia to the United States, and a great GMAP and Fletcher supporter.


In true GMAP fashion, you will have the opportunity to complement your time in the classroom with time to unwind and explore the best of Tallinn, enjoying the events, good food, and good company you have come to expect of GMAP. Ambassador Jeffrey Levine, US Ambassador to Estonia, has warmly invited us to his home for a cocktail reception with an impressive list of local notables. The keynote Defense Panel will follow a wonderful dinner during which you will mingle with alumni, current students, faculty, and special guests in the beautiful Swissôtel ballroom.

You will get to know Tallinn with a tour that will lead you on foot through the winding cobblestone streets of the Old Town, exploring its unique and exquisitely preserved 13th-17th century Hanseatic city-state legacy, and by bus through notable contemporary portions of the city. You will dine at some of the best restaurants in Tallinn, at times with current students, at others exclusively with your fellow alumni. Feel free to use the built-in free time during the weekend to further explore Tallinn and its surroundings, or to take advantage of the luxurious spa area and services of the Swissôtel!

Despite the brevity of the weekend, you will come away with a rich knowledge of Tallinn, new contacts and friendships, rekindled old relationships, and an appreciation of the most crucial regional challenges facing Eastern Europe with implications for the rest of the world.


  • Cocktail reception at the residence of H.E. Jeffrey Levine, United States Ambassador to Estonia
  • Dinner and Keynote Panel with James Stavridis, PhD, Admiral, US Navy (Retired), Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; H.E. Sven Mikser, Estonian Minister of Defense; Major General Riho Terras, Estonian Chief of Defense
  • Continuing Education sessions with Dean Nutter; Professor Taliaferro; Mr. Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament of Estonia; H.E. Marina Kaljurand, First Undersecretary and Legal Adviser at the Estonian foreign ministry, and former Ambassador of Estonia to the United States
  • Special Alumni Lunch at the rustic Marbella Club Grill in the exclusive Schlössle Hotel
  • Dinner at the superb Bocca Restaurant with current GMAP students
  • Tour of Old Town and contemporary Tallinn
  • Informal networking lunch with current students and faculty
  • Farewell dinner for Alumni at the intimate Old Town restaurant La Bottega


The Tallinn Residency and Alumni Weekend will take place in the prestigious 5-star Swissotel Tallinn, which year after year receives top accolades. It is conveniently located less than 15 minutes from the airport and within easy walking distance of the historic Old Town. Continuing Education sessions will take place at the hotel, as well as some meals.

Rooms are available to GMAP alumni during the Alumni Weekend at a special discounted rate of 100 Euros per night (including breakfast; rooms subject to availability). We encourage you to book early to ensure you receive the Alumni rate. Please contact Adeline Wong at adeline.wong@tufts.edu for details.


The cost of the Alumni Weekend is $425 per person. This comprehensive charge includes all lunches and dinners during the weekend both in the hotel and at events at top local restaurants (including wine and beer); daily coffee breaks; all Continuing Education sessions (with a certificate issued upon completion); a sightseeing tour; any additionally scheduled social events; transportation to and from official events. Not included in the cost of the weekend is airfare, travel to and from the airport, and hotel accommodations.

Friends and family of GMAP alumni are also invited to join in the weekend at the same price as alumni. Current students of GMAP enjoy a reduced rate of $375 for the weekend.

Please note that events schedule during the weekend are subject to change.