Kaitsetahe on midagi sellist, millest väikeriigis ja -keeleruumis osalejatel mööda vaadata oleks lühinägelik. Sestap siinne vabalevis olev Ivo Juurvee tekst oma koha leidiski, kuigi võib mõne arvates jääda väljapoole siinse lehe kandvaid teemasid.


Will to defend one’s own country is of multifold importance in Estonia, and it may mean more in legal, practical, and cognitive ways than is usual elsewhere. First of all, the article 54 of the Estonian Constitution states: “Estonian citizens have a duty to be loyal to the constitutional order and to defend the independence of Estonia.” 1 Obviously, if the will were absent, it would be impossible for the state to enforce this duty on every single citizen.

Autor küsib:

How the will to defend is defined and measured in Estonia? What are the results and dynamics of the results over time? Finally, the most sophisticated question: What are the reasons and processes behind such results?

Kaitsetahte mõõtmise probleemidest:

Firstly, the most obvious limitation is that gathering of data only started in 2000. Therefore, research on public opinion on the defence issues during the first nine years after regaining Estonia’s independence cannot be conducted with the same accuracy as during the later period.

Militaaria on populaarne:

Popularity of the military has been upgraded by its help to civilians in crises. Most publicly known is the deployment of field hospital with military personnel to the island of Saaremaa during the hight of Covid-19 crisis in Spring 2020, but the military has also participated in saving the plane after a crash landing on the ice of Lake Ülemiste next to Tallinn airport in 2010, and in other minor cases.

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Compared to Latvia and Lithuania, the will to defend seems to be higher in Estonia according to available data. There is no single and easily identifiable reason behind these differences.

Juurvee, Ivo. “Willingness to Defend Estonia: Fostered by Civil-Military Integration and Communication.” Willingness to Defend Own Country in the Baltic States: Implications for National Security and NATO’s Collective Defence (2021).