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 Honour  (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 - 11.00  Opening Ceremony

Guests of Honour:

Andrej Plenković, President of the Government, Croatia (tbc)

Baroness Michele Coninsx, Assistant Secretary-General UN, Executive Director Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations Security Council (tbc)

H.R.H. prince Hasan bin Talal of Jordan, Kingdom of Jordan (tbc)

Damir Krstičević, Vice-president and Minister of Defense,  Croatia

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

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


11:00-12:45  Panel I

Hybrid Threats in 21st Century and Protection of Democracy

Chair: Dr. Gordan Akrap, Hybrid warfare Research Institute, Zagreb

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

Grzegorz Lyko, chief of staff, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom COE) (tbc)

Dr. Barbara Lucini, Prof.Dr. Marco Lombardi, Catholic University Milano: Understanding political extremist communication dynamics and their impact on the scenario of Hybrid Warfare

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, HQ, Berlin, Germany


12:45-14:15  Lunch (one non-alcoholic beverage included)


13:00-14:30  Panel II

Protection of Nuclear Critical Infrastructure Facilities against Hybrid Threats

Chair: Prof.Dr. Nenad Debrecin, Faculty of Electronics and Computing, University of Zagreb

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

Prof.Dr. ir. Derrick Gosselin, University of Oxford, Nuclear Research Centre: Nuclear Facilities and Future Threats 

Matjaž Prah, HEP, and Kažimir Vrankić, Nuclear Power Plant Krško (NEK): Integration of State, Private and Academic sector in NEK Safety and Security

Dr. Pavle Kalinić: Hybrid Threats (Energy) Crisis Management in the City of Zagreb

15:50-16:20 Coffee Break

16.20-18.20 Panel III

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – Development and Interoperability

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

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

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

Com. Michael Widmann, NATO CCD CoE (tbc)

NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (STO - CMRE) (tbc)

General (res.) Dr. Ephraim Lapid, Bar Ilan University, Israel: Safe City concept - The Israeli experience


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

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

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

Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, NATO Defense College: Future of the Russia's hybrid warfare: analysis of different drivers and their impact on security of society

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

Dr. Laris Gaiser, ITSTIME, Catholic University of Milan: Chinese hybrid warfare approach and the logic of strategy

12:00-12:30  Coffee Break

12.30-14.30 Panel V

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – International Problems and Joint Solutions 

Chair: Prof. Marc Cools, Ph. D., University of Gent, Belgium

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

Yavor Raychev, University of Granada, Spain: Towards a better understanding of hybrid war 

Aleksandra Gasztold, Ph. D., University of Warsaw; Przemysław Gasztold, Ph. D., IPN, Wat Studies University, Poland: Espionage and Deception. Evolving Trends of Russian Hybrid Warfare against Poland

Aleksandar Radić, Balkan Security Network, Serbia: Russian Weapons ad a Topic of Media Propaganda in WB6 countries



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