March 13-14th, 2020


Hybrid Threats and Wars in 21st Century - Making Society and Critical Infrastructure Resilient

Organized by Hybrid Warfare Research Institute & St. George Association

Hotel Sheraton, Zagreb


Day 0: Thursday, March 12th, 2020


Dinner for Speakers, Panel Chairs, and Guests of Honor  (Invitation only)



Day 1: Friday, March 13th, 2020

09:30 – 10.00   Arrival and Registration at Sheraton Hotel Zagreb (Sheraton Hotel Zagreb Location map)

10:00 - 10.20  Opening Ceremony

Dr. Gordan Akrap, Hybrid warfare Research Institute, Zagreb

Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Major General Mate Pađen, Commandant of the Croatian Defence Academy "Dr. Franjo Tuđman"

Mr. Holger Haibach, Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Zagreb

10:20 - 11.30  Keynote Speakers

Mr. Damir Krstičević, Envoy of the prime minister mr. Andrej Plenković, and Vice-president and Minister of Defense, Government of Croatia

Mrs. Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President (2019-2024) of European Commission for Democracy and Demography

Mr. Predrag Bošković, MInister of Defence, Government of Montenegro



11:35-13:30  Panel I

Hybrid Threats in 21st Century and Protection of Democracy

Chair: Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University

Dr. Vlasta Zekulić, NATO HQ

Dr. Grzegorz Lyko, Chief of Staff, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence

Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel: Hybrid Intelligence in 21st Century and Resilience of Society and State

Benjamin Fricke, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, HQ, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Pavle Kalinić, Dr. Gordan Akrap, Zagreb city office for emergency management: Crisis Management and Hybrid Threats - case of COVID 19 virus


13:30-14:30  Lunch (one non-alcoholic beverage included)


14:30-15:50  Panel II

Protection of Nuclear Facilities against Hybrid Threats

Chair: ir. Yvan de Mesmaeker, European Corporate Security Association

Dr. Arturas Petkus, NATO Energy Security CoE, Tomas Pleta, Vinius Gediminas technical University: Nuclear Energy and Hybrid Threats

Mr. Matjaž Prah, HEP: Security aspects of nuclear power plants

ir. Benny Carlé, Manager of the Security Office of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre

ir. Yvan de Mesmaeker, European Corporate Security Association: Protecting Critical Infrastructure against Insider Threat

15:50-16:10 Coffee Break

16.10-18.00 Panel III

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – Development and Interoperability

Chair: Prof.Dr. John Nomikos, RIEAS, Greece

 Prof.Dr. Iztok Podbregar, Prof.Dr. Polona Šprajc, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Prof.Dr. Slavko Vidović, Dr. Gordan Akrap: Reaching Digital Sovereignty - Why and How

Lt. Col. (res.) Ophir Revach, EJC-SACC, Israel: Making Societies safe - The Israeli experience

Col. (ret.) Eyal Pinko, Israel: Naval Hybrid (Cyber) Warfare in Mediterranean Sea



20:00Reception for all Forum participants, Dverce Palace, Katarinin trg 6 
(Evening with klapa Nostalgija)


Day 2: Saturday, March 14th2020

10:00-12:00 Panel IV

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – Threats to Freedom and Society

Chair: Prof.Dr. Mladen Vedriš, University of Zagreb

Prof.Dr. Artur Gruszczak, Chair of National Security, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland: From Hybrid to Post-modern Warfare: Reconsidering Hybrid Wars in Times of Perplexity

Prof.Dr. Giliam de Valk, University of Leiden, Netherland: Hybrid warfare and the Grey Zone: to deal with the Shaping of the environment through the concept of Augmented Intelligence

Dr. Mantas Martišius, Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania, Vilnius: Avoiding media regulation: the strongest survive. Set –top- box - case study

Dr. Hrvoje Karna, Darija Jurko, Boško Jerončić-Grba, Croatian Defence Academy, Zagreb: Analysis of the incidence and usage of the term "hybrid war(fare)" in the digital media space of the Republic of Croatia


12:00-12:30  Coffee Break

12.30-14.30 Panel V

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – International Problems and Joint Solutions 

Chair: Prof.Dr. Marc Cools, University of Gent, Belgium

Dr. Iskren Ivanov, University of Paris 3, Sorbonne; The Olmsted Foundation, Bulgaria: Explaining hybrid threats: scientific approaches

Mr. Darko Obradović, Secretary General, INIS, Serbia, Prof.Dr. Darko Trifunović, Director, INIS, Serbia, Prof.Dr. Zoran Dragišić, University of Belgrade: Russian Hybrid Threats and Malign Influence to WB6 states

Dr. Laris Gaiser, Faculty of Law and Business Studies, Ljubljana and Faculty of Government and European Studies, Kranj: Chinese hybrid warfare approach and the logic of strategy 

Dr. Aleksandra Gasztold, University of Warsaw; Dr. Przemysław Gasztold, Institute of National Remembrance, War Studies University, Poland: Espionage and Deception. Evolving Trends of Russian Hybrid Warfare against Poland

Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, Adjunct professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security, Free University of Brussels (VUB): Future of the Russia's hybrid warfare: analysis of different drivers and their impact on security of society


Future challenges, Joint Responses

Co-chairs: Dr. Gordan Akrap (HWRI), Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro (Bar Ilan University)

The aim of this session is to integrate the lessons learned from the individual presentations of the previous two days, both in terms of threat analysis and of networked responses. Furthermore, this session will facilitate a wider discussion on the needs for joint capacity building, intensive inter-operability, and mutual multi-level crisis assistance.



Networking lunch for all Forum participants 

 (one non-alcoholic beverage included)

End of the Forum