October 11th-12st, 2024


NATO and EU Cooperation – a Key for Resilient Future

Organized by Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, St. George Association and Dr. Franjo Tuđman Defense and Security University
At Hotel Sheraton, Zagreb


Day 0: Thursday, October 10th, 2024

 20:00  Dinner for Speakers, Panel Chairs, and Guests of Honor  (Invitation only) 

– Hotel Sheraton

Day 1: Friday, October 11th, 2024

09:00 – 09:30   Arrival and Registration

09:30 - 09:45  Opening Ceremony

Assist.Prof. Gordan Akrap, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Zagreb

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin

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

Prof.Dr. Ivo Lučić, rector of Dr. Franjo Tuđman Defense and Security University, Zagreb

09:45- 10.45  Keynote Speakers

NATO and EU Cooperation – a Key for Resilient Future

NATO SPS (tbc)

- General (ret.) Erhard Buehler, former Commander of KFOR and Joint Warfare Center

- Minister of Defence, Croatia (tbc)

- Prime minister of Croatia (tbc)

10:45-11:15  Coffee Break


11:15-13:20  Panel I

Integration Of Abilities On National And Regional Level For A Nato/eu Joint Efforts

Chair: General (ret.) Erhard Buehler, former Commander of KFOR and NATO Joint Warfare Center

1. Col. Viacheslav Semenenko, PhD, the Deputy Head of the Center for Military Strategic Studies, Military Academy of Ukraine: Military Strategy of Ukraine: setting up for resilient future

2. Assoc.Prof. Ieva Gajauskaite, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania: The will to defend, fight and resist: Societal resilience to Hybrid threats in Lithuania's total defense model

3. Prof.Dr. Odd Jarl Borch, Nord University, and Prof.Dr. Tormod Heier, The Norwegian Defense University College, Norway: Aligning civilian and military resources in countering hybrid threats – a regional network approach

4. Dr. Przemyslaw Gasztold, IPN and War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland: Chinese influence and information operations in Poland

5. Prof.Dr. Iulian Chifu, National Defence University “Carol I”, Romania: Rational choice and errors in decision-making: Ukraine, Gaza, Nagorno-Karabakh

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


14:30-16:00  Panel II

Women In Security And Defence

Chair: Assoc.Prof. Aleksandra Gasztold, IPN and War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland

1. Assoc.Prof. Bojana Lakičević-Đuranović, Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro: Women in Security and Defense Sciences in Montenegro

2. Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, Adjunct professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security, Free University of Brussels (VUB): NATO in its multidomain operations: Reflections on NATO’s cognitive superiority

3. Dr. Eleni Kapsokoli, University of Piraeus, Greece: Exploring Artificial Intelligence’s role in electoral interference

4. Linda Jarl, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden: Expectations and synergies within security collaborations- from a small state perspective

5. Ivana Kovačević Bekić, PhD candidate, Operations Department, Croatian Cyber Command, Ministry of Defence, Croatia:  Women in Security and Defense Sciences in Croatian Army

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break


16:30-18:00  Panel III

Critical Infrastructure Protection And Resilience Of Society

Chair: Assoc.Prof. Vlado Vivoda, Rabdan Academy, United Arab Emirates

1. Dr Natalija Parlov, OTP bank - Supervisory board, Dr Goran Leci, Končar Digital Ltd, , Malden Pemper, Ina dd: Building resilience: An integrated strategy for enhancing Supply Chain Security in EU through compliance with NIS2, DORA, CER, CSA and CRA using industry and regulatory standards

2. Prof.Dr. Gilliam de Valk, Willem Leeuwenkamp, PhD candidate, Djie Han Thung University of Leiden: Innovating approaches of red teaming

3. Prof.Dr. Slavko Vidović, InfoDom group, Croatia: Critical Infrastructure Protection for Smart Industries

4. Anastatios Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, PhD candidate, Anthony Ioannidis, PhD candidate, Athens Uni of Economics and Business, Greece: Toward a Unified C2I Model: Enhancing Intelligence Security in the Shipping Industry"

5. Assist. Prof. Marko Mladineo, FESB, University of Split, Prof.Dr. Nenad Mladineo, FGAF, University of Split, Croatia: Information system for response, recovery and resilience building on land and sea

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


Day 2: Saturday, October 12st, 2024

10.00-11.45 Panel IV

Disinformation And Hybrid Threats – Fighting The Content Or The Source?

Chair: Prof.Dr. Marco Lombardi, director of ITSTIME research center, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy

1. Sandra Wassbro, MA, Swedish Police,  Dr. Anders Strindberg, Swedish Defence Research Agency-FOI, Sweden: Enforcing the law in the face of lawless enemies: Safeguarding police capabilities against hybrid threats

2. Dr. Carlos Galan, Nebrija University and Carlos III University of Madrid, Dr. Javier Valencia, University of Salamanca, Spain: Russian interference in the U.S. electoral process: Evolution and analysis of disinformation campaigns

3. Assist.Prof. Mikael Weisman, Swedish Defence university: An analytical framework for countering hybrid threats and malign foreign influence and interference: Building psychological defence and resilience for the threats of today and tomorrow, Moldau,

4. Assoc.Prof. Vera Stojarova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic: The Night Wolves in the Balkans – gaining hearts and minds

5. Giulia Porrino, Italian Team for Security Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies – ITSTIME, Milano, Italy: Russian STRATCOM against Italian, Serbian, and French Public Opinion.

6. Federico Borgonovo, Italian Team for Security Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies – ITSTIME, Milano, Italy: New Communication Technologies implemented by Terrorist organizations

11:45-12:00  Coffee Break


12.00-13.20 Panel V

Young Researchers Forum And Hybrid Threats Resiliency (1)

Chair: ir. Yvan de Mesmaeker (M.Sc.Eng.), ECSA, Belgium 

1. Francesca Elena Strat, Saurav Narain, international Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies, University of Glasgow, UK, Strategic Alliances and Contested Seas: A Deep Dive into China-ASEAN Relations

2. Giorgia Piovesan, international Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies, University of Glasgow, UK: China’s operation’s at and for Arctic

3. Iulia Mihaela Dragan, PhD Candidate, Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning, Romania: Lessons learned about radicalization. The case of Hamas radicalization campaign and the new wave of extremism

4. Ante Batistić, MA, Defence and Security University, Croatia: Analysis of media reports on the activities of Serbian and B&H intelligence agencies in Croatia (2002-2022)

5. Valentin Ene, Head of Strategic Analysis, Department of Strategic Analysis and Cooperation, Euro-Atlantic Resilience Center, Romania: AI as a tool against hybrid threats


13:20-14:30  Lunch (one non-alcoholic beverage included)


14.30-15.45 Panel VI

Young Researchers Forum And Hybrid Threats Resiliency (2)

Chair: iDr.Rodica Ciobanu/Dr.Mariana Rosca, Univeristy of Moldau, Moldau

1. Margareta Gregić, PhD candidate, Jelena Božić, PhD candidate, University North, Croatia: AI as a Tool of War and Weapon for Peace

2. Natalia Tkačova MA, Prague Security Studies Institute, Czech Republic: NATO and EU Cooperation - A Key for a Resilient Future

3. Zunaira Khan MA, Common Misison Project MoD, UK: To what extent is our existing understanding of intelligence as a state-centric phenomenon challenged by the activities of non-state actors?

4. Zdenek Rod, PhD candidate, University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic: 360-Degree Approach to Countering Disinformation

15.45-16.00 Forum Conclusions

Future Challenges, Joint Responses

Co-chairs: Assist.Prof. Gordan Akrap, prof.dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Holger Haibach

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.

16.00-17.00 Dare to Learn Salsa Dance

with Prof.Dr. Željko Dobrović (international Salsa Dance Instructor)


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