The Research and Analysis (R&A) function provides Hybrid CoE with an internal research and analysis capability in support of participating states, partners and other Hybrid CoE functions, as well as a distinct output contributing to the existing body of knowledge on changes in our security environment, the nature of hybrid threats, activities in the landscape of hybrid threats and counter-measures.
To facilitate the Centre’s mandate, R&A will follow a multinational, multidisciplinary and academic-based methodology, engage with government and non-government experts from a wide range of professional sectors and disciplines, and involve, or co-create with, the Centre’s communities of interest.
R&A provides targeted analysis as required to scope prioritized problems. It also provides independent analysis on emerging issues that are identified through research and evaluation.
Hybrid CoE expert-pool participants are drawn from the participating states, selected based on recommendations and Centre requirements, and vetted. They may be affiliated with academia, think-tanks or government organizations. They can represent national perspectives but are not national representatives themselves. The expert-pool participants are invited by Hybrid CoE and the nature of their role and contribution is based on their affiliation with the Centre.
Expert participation is driven by a specific challenge, problem, request or question. These may be suggested by the expert-pool participants themselves, or another stakeholder.
R&A also manages Hybrid CoE’s expert pools. The expert pools contribute to R&A’s aims as a stand-alone function that produces research on hybrid threats, and as an enabling function for all of the functions at the Centre, and the communities of practitioners in Hybrid CoE networks. Expert-pool meetings have produced trend reports on Russia, the Western Balkans, China, Legal Resilience, and Information. Moreover, experts have contributed to policy recommendations on Russia, China, and the Western Balkans.
The objective is
- To support Hybrid CoE’s role as a discussion leader on hybrid threats by optimizing outside subject-matter expertise and research capabilities.
- To create ways for practitioners and academic experts to learn from each other.
- To ensure that the pools of expertise are known and accessible to Hybrid CoE networks and partners.
- To develop Hybrid CoE staff members professionally in order to heighten awareness of the current trends in hybrid threats and relevant research.
Creation and management of networks R&A manages the Centre’s efforts in the project called Empowering a Pan-European Network to Counter Hybrid Threats, EU-HYBNET, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Currently, the EU-HYBNET participants include 23 other organizations from 16 different European countries, but the network will invite new participants throughout the project life span of five years. Hybrid CoE is the thematic leader of the project, and its main partner is Laurea University of Applied Sciences.