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In 140 Characters (#i140c): Toomas Hendrik Ilves


The Estonian president on austerity and difficult neighbors.


@ilvestoomas What’s the most important skill that you brought to your office from a previous job?

@berlinpolicy Through Columbia College’s Contemporary Civ and Humanities core courses  I came to understand the Enlightenment basis of a liberal democratic society.

@ilvestoomas What’s the biggest obstacle for you at work?

@berlinpolicy Very early flights.

@ilvestoomas You’ve done a lot of work with soft power tools. Can soft power be effective against Russia?

@berlinpolicy Genuine soft power is not against but for something. Free flow of ideas, peace and development are much cheaper than war. Fake soft power can be bribery.

Read the complete article in the Berlin Policy Journal App – July/August 2015 issue.