COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST (COI)
The Centre has currently three active Communities of Interest – Hybrid Influencing (led by UK), Vulnerabilities and Resilience (led by Finland) and Strategy and Defence (led by Germany). Each of the COI is coordinated by the Secretariat.
Communities of Interest are networks of practitioners from our Member States and institutions within the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (CoE). COIs allow the space for multinational and multidisciplinary sharing of best practice, experience and expertise so that member states and institutions can better understand, defend against and respond to Hybrid threats. They also provide a space to coordinate action. The Research division will support the “understand” component of the COI’s work and through their participation, exploit COI activities (extracting ideas and information) and support their work by providing academic views and material. The Training and exercise division will support the work of the COI’s acting as an enabler and implementer.
The Hybrid Influence COI looks at how state and non-state actors conduct influence activities targeted at member states and institutions, as part of a hybrid campaign. The COI looks at how hostile state actors use their influence tools in manners that attempt to sow instability or curtail the sovereignty of other nations and independence of institutions. The focus is on both the behaviours, activities, and tools that a hostile actor use, rather than focusing exclusively on one actor at the expense of others. The goal of the community is to equip its practitioners with the tools they need to respond to and deter hybrid threats.
The Hybrid Influence COI has a sub-COI called Non-state actors and looks how different proxies and other non-state actor conduct influence, on behalf of hostile state actors. The sub COI is led by Sweden.
The Vulnerabilities and Resilience COI focuses on understanding member states’ and institutions’ vulnerabilities and improving their resilience by sharing best practices, developing new policy proposals and identifying topics to be studied further. The aim of the COI is also to improve public-private and civil-military partnership in countering hybrid threats.
COI Strategy & Defence is focusing on hybrid warfare, related strategies and resulting implications for security policy, military and defence. It aims at discovering the essence and nature of hybrid warfare as well as the logic and pattern of hybrid strategies in order to develop an analytical framework for the assessment of current and future hybrid warfare situations and their practical implication. COI S&D follows an interdisciplinary academic based approach, hereby combining empirical evidence with the theory of war and strategy. Overarching objective is to contribute to the education of common and comprehensive judgment of Participants, EU and NATO as a precondition for joint and comprehensive action in defense and response.