News October 23, 2017

Hybrid CoE’s Working Paper on Hybrid Threats and the Baltic Sea Region

Hybrid CoE has prepared a working paper to EU-NATO workshop, which served as feed in to NATO’s on-going Baltic Sea process and EU’s work on preparing a hybrid risk survey.

The Paper was prepared to serve as food for thought for the workshop and is now published with key takeaways from the workshop. It has been co-authored by Associate Fellow Aapo Cederberg (GCSP), Lead researcher Pasi Eronen (FDD) and Director of International Relations Juha Mustonen (Hybrid CoE).

The Paper argues that, when assessing hybrid threats, a thorough review of hybrid threat actors, their means, tools, and goals is necessary. This understanding should guide the self-assessment and vulnerability identification process conducted by countries facing hybrid threats and influencing. The self-assessment should lead to a number of concrete actions to improve the national resilience and hybrid defence posture.

The Paper further suggests that, assessing capabilities to counter hybrid threats, comprehensive national approaches and integrated international response are at the core. The latter emphasises both EU–NATO cooperation and a wide regional cooperation spanning from military to other parts of the society.

The key takeaways from the workshop included an identified need to prepare a concept for a shared digital platform to support better situational awareness exchange on hybrid threats, and to organise a systematic exchange of best practices on countering hybrid threats through seminars, thematic workshops, and exercises.

PDF: Hybrid CoE Working Paper: Regional Cooperation to Support National Hybrid Defence Efforts

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