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; TBC


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


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


Mr. Heinrich BRAUSS, Senior associate fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), TBC


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


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


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


Colonel (ret.) Ray WOJCIK, Center for European Policy Analysis, (CEPA)Warsaw, Director (Poland)


Dr. Anke SCHMIDT-FELZMANN, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, (Germany)






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


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