October 7th-8th, 2022


Hybrid Threats and Resilience of Society, Critical Infrastructure and the State - Making Society and Critical Infrastructure Resilient

Organized by Hybrid Warfare Research Institute & St. George Association


Day 0: Thursday, October 6th, 2022

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

 (hosted by Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania)

Day 1: Friday, October 7th, 2022

08:30 – 09:00   Arrival and Registration

09:00 - 09:30  Opening Ceremony

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

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

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

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

09:30- 11.00  Keynote Speakers

Prof.Dr. Ulrich Schlie, University Bonn, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

mr. David van Weel, ASG for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO (tbc)

Dr. Bryan Wells, NATO Chief Scientist (tbc)

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

Mr. Andrej Plenković, President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia (tbc)

11:00-11:15  Coffee Break


11:15-13:00  Panel I

Hybrid Threats, NATO, and national case studies

Chair: General (ret., OF-9) Mirko Šundov, PhD

National Case Study I-1 - Canada

National Case Study I-2 - UK

National Case Study I-3 - Latvia

National Case Study I-4 - Kosovo


13:00-14:00  Lunch (one non-alcoholic beverage included)


14:00-15:45  Panel II

Hybrid Warfare in East Europe – joint Lithuanian-Ukrainian panel of national military/defence university/academy

Chair: Assist.Prof. Gordan Akrap, Neil Chuka

National Defence University of Ukraine: Joined operation as the main form of countering Russian hybrid aggression

Dr. Mantas Bileišis, Military academy of Lithuania: Total defence/whole of the government approach: the analysis or initial steps: Lithuania 2021

National Defence University of Ukraine: Influence operations as part of a hybrid war against Ukraine and the West

Assoc.Prof.dr. Gintaras Labutis, Military academy of Lithuania: Societal resilience as the important factor in whole of the government/total defence framework: Lithuania 2021.

*(This panel papers will be updated according to the present situation and best lessons learned examples)

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break


16:00-17:40  Panel III

Hybrid Threats, NATO, and national case studies

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

National Case Study III-1 - Czech Republik

National Case Study III-2 - Ukraine

Prof.Dr. Giedrius Česnakas, Military Academy of Lithuania: National Case Study III-3 - Lithuania

National Case Study III-4 - Israel


17:40-18:00 Coffee Break


18.00-19.30 Panel IV

Hybrid Threats in a Regional Context

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

Ljubomir Filipović, Analyst, Montenegro:
Russian and Serbian Influence Operations in, and against, Montenegro 

Dr. Whitney Grespin, Institute for Future Conflict, US Air Force Academy:
Countering Malicious Aspects of Hybrid warfare in the Horn of Africa: Priorities Emanating from the IGAD Centre of Excellence for PCVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) - (online)

Ephraim Lapid, The Europa Institute, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat - Gan, Israel:
Israeli Intelligence Jointness: Present and future challenges 

Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, Adjunct professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security, Free University of Brussels (VUB):
Disinformation, Misinformation, and use if propaganda (Case study on Russia)

20:15 - Networking dinner for all Forum participants, (two non-alcoholic beverages included)


Day 2: Saturday, October 8th, 2022

10.00-11.20 Panel V

Young Researchers and Hybrid Threats Resiliency

Chair: ir. Yvan de Mesmaeker, ECSA, Belgium

Eleni Kapsokoli, University of Piraeus: Electoral interference in the EU:
Regulating technology to protect democracy

Amelia Tomalska, University of Warsaw:
Critical infrastructure in the twilight zone

Mislav Novaković, University of Zagreb:
Regional security: Bosnia and Herzegovina



11.20-12:40 Panel VI

Smart Critical Infrastructure Protection and Hybrid Threats

Chair: Hrvoje Sagrak, INFODOM, Croatia

David Vaandrager & Prof.Dr. Gilliam de Valk, University of Leiden:
System analysis, a horizon scan of factors – related to globalisation, interstate competition, climate, and economy – posing a threat to the critical infrastructure

Naval Lieutenant Teun van de Ven, M.A. & Prof.dr. Sebastiaan Rietjens, Netherlands Defence Academy:
Warning for hybrid threats: the role of sensemaking

Prof.Dr. Artur Gruszczak, Chair of National Security, Jagiellonian University, Krakow:
“Resilience Dividend” and the Mitigation of Hybrid Threats: Lessons Learnt and Recommendation



12.40-13.00 Forum Conclusions

Future Challenges, Joint Responses

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

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.


13:00-14:00  Lunch (one non-alcoholic beverage included)

14.00-16.00 Panel VII


Hybrid Threats, NATO, and national case studies

Chair: Neil Chuka, Ministry of Defence, Canada

National Case Study VII-1 - Finland

National Case Study VII-2 - Sweden

National Case Study VII-3 - Croatia

National Case Study VII-4 - Montenegro


  • End of the Forum


Important information:


  • Forum is organised according to pandemic situation in a hybrid way – “in situ” and online
  • Forum has the highest possible epidemiological standards. Entrance to the Forum area will be allowed only for persons with valid EU Digital COVID 19 certificates, with our ID accreditations and after temperature checking.
  • Every activity (conference halls, restaurants, coffee breaks, rooms) are going to be organised in a Hotel due to the disease prevention.
  • Forum organisers are reserving the right to change the Program according to the necessities.







Due to the latest decision by Croatian national authorities, persons who are going to attend conferences in closed areas, do not need to wear a medical/face protection mask in case that all attendees have a valid EU Digital Covid – 19 certificate.

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