ABCD 2015

Who’s Afraid of Hybrid Warfare? 
Preliminary programme

Programme may be subject to change.

Wednesday, 23 September



Welcoming reception

Welcome address by Ambassador Jüri Luik, Director, International Centre for Defence and Security 

Thursday, 24 September


Registration of participants


Opening session: Strategic Context


Welcome speech by Hannes Hanso, Minister of Defence, Estonia

Keynote speeches by

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Minister of Defence, Netherlands
LtGen Marshall B. Webb, Commander, NATO Special Operations Forces HQ

Discussion with the speakers moderated by Ambassador Jüri Luik, Director, International Centre for Defence and Security


Coffee break


Panel I - Threat Environment and Challenges of Hybrid Warfare


Gen (ret) Knud Bartels, former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

Keir Giles, Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre; Associate Fellow, Chatham House 

MGen Christopher Haas, Director, Force Management and Development Directorate, U.S. Special Operations Command 

David E. Johnson, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Moderator: Sven Sakkov, Director, NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence




Panel II – Military Response to Hybrid Warfare – Strengthening Deterrence and Providing Assurance


Andrew Budd, Head, Defence Capabilities Section, Defence Policy Directorate, NATO International Staff 
Elbridge Colby, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, Centre for a New American Security
Etienne de Durand, Deputy for Defence Policy and Strategic Foresight, Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy, Ministry of Defence, France
MGen (ret) Boguslaw Pacek, Adviser to the Minister of Defence, Poland 
Moderator:  Robertas Šapronas, Director, International Relations and Operations Department, Ministry of National Defence, Lithuania


Coffee break


Panel III – Countering the Full Spectrum of Challenges Embodied in Hybrid Warfare


RAdm Georgij Alafuzoff, Director, Intelligence Directorate, European Union Military Staff

MGen Karl Engelbrektson, Head of Training and Education, Swedish Armed Forces
Claudia Major, Senior Associate, International Security Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Harlan Ullman, Chairman of Killowen Group and CNIGuard Ltd; Senior Adviser at the Atlantic Council and Business Executives for National Security
Moderator: Janis Berzins, Director, Centre for Security and Strategic Research, Latvian National Defence Academy



Conclusions by Jonatan Vseviov, Undersecretary for Defence Planning, Ministry of Defence, Estonia


Farewell reception


The attendance of the conference is by invitation only.
Dress code for the entire event is civilian (business suit).
All sessions are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.