For ten years – 2006 to 2016 – Toomas Hendrik Ilves was president of Estonia. He grew up in New Jersey. His parents, like many Estonian parents – if they were lucky – took refuge abroad.
With Jay, he talks a little about his life, and the great challenges facing his country, and liberal democracy in general. A name for those challenges would be Vladimir Putin.
At the end of the podcast, Jay remarks that, when he was in Estonia, he had the sense of being on the front line of an important struggle. This is something that Estonians – whose country Newt Gingrich described as “the suburbs of St. Petersburg” – experience every day.
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