Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Vilnius Security Forum 2019

(dedicated to NATO 70th anniversary)

Western Readiness to Answer Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Hall of the Conferences (219 c) III palace

Parliament of Lithuania, III Palace, Gedimino Ave 53 Vilnius

22 March 2019




08:15 – 09:00 Registration

III Palace (ID required)

-Welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:05 Welcoming remarks


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

09:05 – 09:45 Key note speakers


Mr. Linas LINKEVIČIUS Minister of Foreign Affairs (Lithuania)

09:45 – 10:45 Panel discussion

Topic: The Future of the NATO transatlantic relations
Moderator: Dr. Margarita ŠEŠELGYTĖ, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Studies Director (Lithuania)


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

Mr. Arnoldas PRANCKEVIČIUS, The European Commission Representative in Lithuania, Head of the Representative Office

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

Mr. Dmytro KHRYSTOFOROV, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Director of the Department of Military Policy, Strategic Planning and International Cooperation, Ukraine

10:45 -11:20 Coffee break *



11:20 – 13.00 Panel discussion

Topic: NATO/EU readiness to cope with Hybrid threats, The challenge of Interoperability
Moderator: Ambassador Eitvydas BAJARŪNAS, Ambassador-at-Large for Hybrid Threats, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Lithuania)
Panel: Mr. Vytis JURKONIS, Freedom House, Vilnius office, Project Director (Lithuania)

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

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

Topic: Captured State, Russia, how to break cycle of influence

Russian and Chinese disruption brace for impact

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


Panel: 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, (Sweden)

15:20 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:00 Panel discussion


Topic: Future of hybrid warfare trends
Moderator: Colonel (ret.) Ray WOJCIK, Center for European Policy Analysis, (CEPA)Warsaw, Director (Poland)


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

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

Dr. Anke  SCHMIDT-FELZMANN, senior researcher (non-resident), General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Mr. Serhiy DVORNYK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unit of Political Directorate, General Deputy Head Political Analysis, (Ukrain)

Mr. Lepik VON WIREN ILLIMAR, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Exelence (CCDCE), Head of International Relations, (Estonia)

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

*Press conference (separate invitations) 11:00 – 11:45

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