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Hybrid threats - hybrid response in modern security environment, Helsinki

De Luteraanse Domkerk van Helsinki op het Senaatsplein
datum 23 oktober 2019
plaats Helsinki, Finland
locatie Helsinki, Finland Toon locatie
organisatie Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad)

This conference is part of the wider European and transatlantic security debate. It is about discussing hybrid issues, about raising awareness, about identification of risks and capabilities and about countering hybrid threats together.

The conference is organised jointly by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE).

The conference is targeted at senior policy practitioners working with hybrid issues in their national administrations in the EU and in NATO member states as well as in Eastern Partnership and Southeast European countries. The conference is held under the Chatham House Rule.

There are a limited number of places open to the media. The deadline for registrations is 4 October. For further information, please contact Päivi Tampere, Head of Communications at the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. Tel +358 40 1203 788, paivi.tampere(at)hybridcoe.fi.

Preliminary programme

8.30 Registration

9.15 Opening words: Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior, Finland

9.30 Keynote speech: Introduction to the Hybrid Agenda and Countering Threats, Dr Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

9.45-11.15 Panel I: What Makes a Threat or Warfare Hybrid?

The discussion around the concept of hybrid threats and hybrid warfare is still full of diverse perceptions. Yet the concept and character of hybrid threats form an integral part of many countries’ security doctrines and strategies. Hybrid threats and hybrid warfare are high on the political agendas of the EU and NATO and high among their strategic considerations.

But where is the utility of the concept or of joint judgments? What exactly are hybrid threats? What makes warfare hybrid? How are the interfaces of civil/military, peace/war or internal/external intertwined? Are hybrid threats complementary to or competitors of traditional military doctrines and domains?

This panel will examine the nature of hybrid threats and hybrid warfare and expose some of the ‘myths’ relating to them by focusing on the actors, the world order and the role of the military in the current security environment, where hybrid threats are often treated as something new. In short, the panel seeks to identify the essence of ‘hybridity’.

Moderator: Dr Hanna Smith, Director of Strategic Planning and Response

Panelists will be confirmed prior to the conference day.

11.15-11.30 Break

11.30-13.00 Panel II: The Future of Democracy, Democracy of the Future

Diverse economic, sociological and regional dividing lines have become more pronounced over the last decade. Technological development has resulted in occupations disappearing, causing frustration and sentiments of exclusion from societal processes. Social media makes it possible to spread our message globally and articulate our values, but it has also become a political tool and playground where opinions are amplified in ideological bubbles and echoed by like-minded people.

Democracy, freedom of speech and rule of law are the strongholds of the western value base, but they cannot be taken for granted. Active participation in civil society is the fundamental building block of democracy.

This panel will focus on how we can reassert the value of democracy as a key tool in countering hybrid threats. How can we work together nationally across the public-private divide to protect our political processes from hybrid threats? How can politicians reply to the concerns of future generations? What will political debate look like in the future? What tools do we have in our multilateral toolkits to emphasise the value of democracy - and who should do this?

Moderator: Dr Sophie Roberts, Director COI Influence, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Panelists will be confirmed prior to the conference day.

Commentary: Social media platforms

13.00-14.30 Lunch

During the lunch break, participants can learn about the work of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats at the stands for the Communities of Interest, Research and Analysis, Training and Exercises, Communications and International Relations.

14.30-16.00 Panel III: Impact of Future Technologies on Critical Infrastructure in Hybrid Scenarios

Critical infrastructure is an important part of every state’s public service and it ensures the functioning of every society. This makes critical infrastructure a potent target for adversaries in hybrid scenarios to create disturbances, to influence the target and to question the capabilities of the national structures to respond and recover after a crisis - be it a natural disaster or manmade one. Trust in authorities can be shaken if the response is not quick or extensive enough.

In many countries, large parts of critical infrastructure are owned by the private sector, a factor that makes close cooperation between the government and the private sector crucial in terms of strengthening and increasing resilience. New technologies are becoming a part of critical infrastructure in a steadily growing manner, and in the future they are envisaged to control and run the systems on our behalf. This development poses questions such as: What are the potential vulnerabilities? What kind of a toolbox might adversaries potentially have to attack our critical infrastructure? What is the use of new technologies in hybrid scenarios?

By discussing these questions, the panel aims to raise the awareness of wider audiences on the topic.

Moderators: Capt(N), ret, Jukka Savolainen, Director of COI Vulnerabilities and Resilience, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats and Dr Johann Schmid, Director of COI Strategy and Defence, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Panelists will be confirmed prior to the conference day.

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