Programme 2015


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

8:00-9:00 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

10:30-11:00 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

 12:30-14:00 Lunch

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
15:30-16:00 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


17:30-17:45 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.