September 7-8th, 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, September 6th, 2020


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



Day 1: Friday, September 7th, 2020

09:00 – 09:30   Arrival and Registration at Sheraton Hotel Zagreb (Sheraton Hotel Zagreb Location map)

09:30 - 09:40  Opening Ceremony

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

09:40 - 10.50  Keynote Speakers




11:00-12:40  Panel I

Emerging Threats in 21st Century and Protection of Society and Democracy: Lessons from the Corona-virus Crisis

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

Dr. Vlasta Zekulić, NATO HQ: NATO's approach to countering Hybrid Threats during the COVID-19 crisis

Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel: Crisis Communication and the Resilience of Society and State

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

Dr. Gordan Akrap, HWRI, Zagreb: Crisis Management in COVID-19 + Earthquake + Disinformation - unique experience and lessons learned


12:40-13:40  Lunch (one non-alcoholic beverage included)


13:40-15:40  Panel II

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare - Threats to freedom and Society

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

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

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. 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

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

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

15:40-16:00 Coffee Break

16.00-18.30 Panel III

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – International Problems and Joint Solutions

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

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

Lt. Col. (res.) Ophir Revach, EJC-SACC, Israel: Making Jewish Societies safe in Europe

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

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

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



20:00 - Networking dinner for all Forum participants, Hotel Sheraton (two non-alcoholic beverages included)


Day 2: Saturday, September 8th2020

09:00-11.00 Panel 

Future challenges, Joint Responses

Closed panel - participation by invitation only

(under Chatham house rules)

Co-chairs: Dr. Vlasta zekulić, Dr. Gordan Akrap, Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro

This session will discuss and integrate the lessons learned from the individual presentations of the previous day, both in terms of threat analysis and of networked responses in the aftermath of the Corona virus crisis. Furthermore, this session will facilitate a wider discussion on the needs for joint capacity building, intensive interoperability, and mutual multi-level crisis assistance.


End of the Forum