September 7-8th, 2020


Hybrid Threats and Wars in 21st Century - Making Society and Critical Infrastructure Resilient

Organized by Hybrid Warfare Research Institute & St. George Association

Hotel Sheraton, Zagreb


Day 0: Sunday, September 6th, 2020


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



Day 1: Monday, September 7th, 2020

09:00 – 09:30   Arrival and Registration at Sheraton Hotel Zagreb (Sheraton Hotel Zagreb Location map)

09:30 - 10:00  Opening Ceremony

Doc.Dr. Gordan Akrap, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Zagreb

Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University

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"

10:00 - 10.55  Keynote Speakers

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

Dr. Deniz Beten, Senior SPS and Partnership Cooperation Advisor, NATO Emerging Security Challenges (ESC) Division

Dr. Mario Banožić, MInister of defence, Croatia

Doc.Dr. Robert Kopal,  special envoy and advisor for National security of the Prime minister of Croatia



11:00-13:00  Panel I

Emerging Threats in 21st Century and Protection of Society and Democracy: Lessons from the Corona-virus Crisis

Chair: Prof.Dr. Mladen Vedriš, University of Zagreb

Dr. Vlasta Zekulić, NATO HQ: NATO's approach to countering Hybrid Threats during the COVID-19 crisis

Prof.Dr. Shlomo Shpiro, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel: Crisis Communication and the Resilience of Society and State

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, HQ, Berlin, Germany

Prof.Dr. Slavko Vidović, Doc.Dr. Gordan Akrap: Reaching Digital Sovereignty - Why and How

Dr. Grzegorz Lyko, Chief of Staff, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence


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


14:00-16:00  Panel II

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare - Threats to Freedom and Society

Chair: Doc.Dr. Gordan Akrap, HWRI, Croatia

Dr. Hrvoje Karna, Darija Jurko, Boško Jerončić-Grba, Croatian Defence Academy, Zagreb: Analysis of the incidence and usage of the term "hybrid war(fare)" in the digital media space of the Republic of Croatia

Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, Adjunct professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security, Free University of Brussels (VUB): Future of Russia's hybrid warfare: Analysis of different drivers and their impact on security of society

ir. Yvan de Mesmaeker, European Corporate Security Association: Protecting Critical Infrastructure against Insider Threat

Col. (ret.) Eyal Pinko, Israel: Naval Hybrid (Cyber) Warfare in Mediterranean Sea

Mr. Matjaž Prah, HEP: Security aspects of nuclear power plants

16:00-16:20 Coffee Break

16.20-18.20 Panel III

Hybrid and Cyber Warfare – International Problems and Joint Solutions

Chair: ir. Yvan de Mesmaeker, ECSA, Bruxelles

Prof.Dr. Iztok Podbregar, Prof.Dr. Polona Šprajc, University of Maribor, Slovenia: Pandemic and Restriction of Movement

mrs. Lina Aburous, Euraffex group, managing director

Prof.Dr. Aleksandra Gasztold, University of Warsaw; Dr. Przemysław Gasztold, Institute of National Remembrance, War Studies University, Poland: Espionage and Deception. Evolving Trends of Russian Hybrid Warfare against Poland

Prof.Dr. Zoran Dragišić, University of Belgrade, Prof.Dr. Darko Trifunović, Director, INIS, Serbia; Mr. Darko Obradović, Secretary General, INIS, Serbia: Russian Hybrid Threats and Malign Influence to WB6 states



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


Day 2: Tuesday, September 8th2020

10:00-12.00 Panel 

Future challenges, Joint Responses

Closed panel - participation by invitation only

(under Chatham house rules)

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

Col. VIacheslav Semenenko, The Center for Military and Strategic Studies of the National Defence University of Ukraine

General Mirko Šundov, PhD

This session will discuss and integrate the lessons learned from the individual presentations of the previous day, both in terms of threat analysis and of networked responses in the aftermath of the Corona virus crisis. Furthermore, this session will facilitate a wider discussion on the needs for joint capacity building, intensive interoperability, and mutual multi-level crisis assistance especially against hybrid threats.


End of the Forum