In 2022, Hybrid CoE and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched a flagship report titled Hybrid Threats – A Comprehensive Resilience Ecosystem, suggesting a framework for rethinking resilience comprehensively. The report has been well received and has already served as the basis for further work by several stakeholders and organizations.
On 8 September, over 150 experts gathered in Helsinki and online with the aim of fostering policymakers’ and practitioners’ understanding of the Comprehensive Resilience Ecosystem (CORE) model as a practical tool for providing a hands-on methodology and helping to build resilience in a comprehensive manner.
The event was organized together with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and hosted a panel discussion where stakeholders, such as the European External Action Service (EEAS), European Defence Agency, Swedish Defence University, Netherlands Advisory Council on International Affairs, and NATO, presented how they have applied the model in practice.
During the panel, it became evident that the CORE model is already part of the EU’s political initiatives to build resilience against hybrid threats. It has supported the EU’s policymakers in identifying gaps and needs, as well as identifying ways to address them. At the Participating State level, it can serve as a baseline for national resilience-building efforts and as a source of inspiration for recommendations. The CORE model is also useful for training and exercise purposes.In their keynotes, Teija Tiilikainen, Director of Hybrid CoE, and Salla Saastamoinen, Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, emphasized whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches towards countering hybrid threats, and highlighted the need for anticipation and foresight capabilities and the ability to actively shape the security environment rather than trying to catch up with adversaries. According to the Directors, the flagship report and the panel event are good examples of the intersection of science and policy.