Vilnius Security Forum 2019

(dedicated to NATO 70th anniversary)

Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Hall of the Conferences III palace

Parliament of Lithuania, III Palace, Gedimino Ave 53 Vilnius

22 March 2019




08:15 - 09:00 Registration

III Palace (ID required)

09:00 – 09:05 Welcoming remarks


Mr. Vytautas BAKAS, Member of the Seimas, Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defence (Lithuania) TBC


09:05 – 09:45 Key note speakers


Mr. Linas LINKEVIČIUS Minister of Foreign Affairs (Lithuania), TBC

Mr. Julian KING, Member of EU Commission, Security Union, TBC


09:45 - 10:55 Panel discussion


The Future of the NATO transatlantic relations


Professor John LOUTH, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Senior Researcher,


Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben HODGES, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), Expert, Former Commander of United States Army Europe (USA)

Mr. Michael CARPENTER, Joseph R. Biden Centre for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Director (USA), TBC

Dr. Christian MÖLLING, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Dr. Margarita ŠEŠELGYTĖ, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Studies Director (Lithuania)

10:45 -11:20 Coffee break



11:20 - 13.00 Panel discussion


NATO/EU readiness to cope with Hybrid threats, The challenge of Interoperability


Ambassador Eitvydas BAJARŪNAS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuanian.


Mr. Vytis JURKONIS, Freedom House, Vilnius office, Project Director (Lithuania)

Mr. Eric POVEL, NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Program Officer; TBC

Dr. Claudia MAJOR, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Senior Associate TBC

Ms. Kirsti NARINEN, International relations director, European Centre for Countering Hybrid Threats, Helsinki

 Colonel Romualdas PETKEVIČIUS, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Director

13:00 -14:00 Lunch break


14:00 – 15:20 Panel discussion


Captured State, Russia, how to break cycle of influence

Russian and Chinese disruption brace for impact


Mr. Linas KOJALA, Institute of Eastern European Studies, director (Lithuania)



Mr. Stephen DALZIEL, The Institute for Statecraft, disinformation expert, (UK)

Mr. Konstantin EGGERT, Deutsche Welle, journalist, columnist, (Russia)

Mr. Edward LUCAS, Senior Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), (UK)

Mrs. Anna WIESLANDER, Swedish Defence Association, Secretary general

15:20 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:00 Panel discussion



Future of hybrid warfare trends


Mr. Zbigniew PISARSKI, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, President of the Board (Poland), TBC



Mrs. Molly McKEW, information warfare expert. Foreign Policy and Strategy Consultant (USA)

Mrs. Natalija FROLOVA, Echo Moskvy, journalist, (Russia)

Dr. Annegret BENDIEK German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Deputy Head of the Research Division, TBC

Col (Ret.) Vaidotas MALINIONIS, National Defence Foundation, Director (Lithuania).

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