October 7th-8th, 2022


Hybrid Threats and Resilience of Society, Critical Infrastructure and the State

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 – 09:15   Arrival and Registration

09:15 - 09:40  Opening Ceremony

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

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

Major General Slaven Zdilar, PhD

09:20- 11.00  Keynote Speakers

Prof.Dr. Ulrich Schlie, Henry Kissinger Chair for Security and Strategic Studies at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology, Director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS), University of Bonn, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Dr. Byron Harper, NATO Special Operations HQ, Deputy Director J9

mr. James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

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

Dr. Mario Banožić, Minister of Defence, Government of Republic of Croatia

11:00-11:15  Coffee Break


11:15-13:00  Panel I

Hybrid Threats, NATO, and National Case Studies

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

Dr. Dorthe Bach Nyemann, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College: National Case Study I-1 - Kosovo

Giles Reader, Strategic Environment Team, UK: National Case Study I-2 - UK

Linda Jarl, Swedish Defence Research Agency: National Case Study I-3 - Sweden

Dr. Janis Berzins, Center for Security and Strategic Research at the National Defense Academy of Latvia: National Case Study I-4 - Latvia


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

Col. Vasyl Shvaliuchynskyi, PhD, Head of the Army department, National Defence University of Ukraine: The Ukrainian Army's Experience in Countering Russian Agression

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

Captain (Navy) Stepan Yakymiak, PhD, Head of the Naval Forces Department, National Defence University of Ukraine: Hybrid and War actions of the Russian federation at sea: Lessons Learned, Cooperative Countering and prospects

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. Iztok Podbregar, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Dr. Jan Bren, University of Defence, Czech Republic: National Case Study III-1 - Czech Republik

Col. Viacheslav Semenenko, PhD, Deputy Head of the Center for Military Strategic Studies, National Defence University of Ukraine: National Case Study III-2 - Ukraine: Military Aspects of Countering Hybrid Aggression: Ukrainian Experience

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

Dr. Barak Bouks, Bar Ilan University, Israel: National Case Study III-4 - Israel


17:40-18:00 Coffee Break


18.00-19.20 Panel IV

Hybrid Threats in a Regional Context

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

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

Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, Adjunct professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security, Free University of Brussels (VUB): Cognitive Warfare, Role of Information and its Impact on Societies

Dr. Danilo Kalezić, Montenegro: Russian Destabilization Management: Case study Montenegro

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


Day 2: Saturday, October 8th, 2022


Introduction to second day of 7th Zagreb Security Forum: Mr. Holger Haibach, Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Zagreb and Ljubljana

10.10-11.30 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


 11.30-13:00 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

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

Prof.Dr. Slavko Vidović, Smart Industry, Zagreb, Boris Blumenschein (INFODOM, Management Board Member): Strategic Competencies Development and Operations Team Readiness for CIP

Dr. Vytis Kopustinskas, scientific officer at European Commission, Joint Research Center (JRC): Research Activities on Resilience of Critical Energy Infrastructure at the JRC



13.00-13.10 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.


13:10-14:15  Lunch (one non-alcoholic beverage included)

14.15-16.15 Panel VII


Hybrid Threats, NATO, and national case studies

Chair: Neil Chuka, Ministry of Defence, Canada

National Case Study VII-1 - Serbia

National Case Study VII-2 - Montenegro

Lt.Col dr. Janne Makitalo, National Defence University: National Case Study VII-3 - Finland

Assist. Prof. Gordan Akrap, University North: National Case Study VII-4 - Croatia


  • 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

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