(Premilinary programme)


8.30–09.00 Registration and coffee

09.00–09.15 Openning speech, Rector of the National Defence University, Major General Jari Kallio

09.15–11:00 KEYNOTE (30 min), Michael Kofman, CNA: Russian threat perceptions

Panel discussion

  • Chair: Jyri Raitasalo
  • Panelists: Gudrun Persson (FOI), Petteri Lalu (MPKK) and Daivis Petraitis (Liettua MoD)

11.00–12.00 Lunch

12.00–13.30 Parallel sessions: Cyber I & Security I

13.30–14.00 Coffee break

14.00–15.30 Parallel sessions: Cyber II & Security II

15.30–16.30 KEYNOTE 2 (Kati Parppei UEF): Enemy images in Russian national narrative

            Chair: Lalu

16.30 -18.00 Cocktails, Santahamina-talo



CYBER I Russian cyber fortress or house of cards? How independent Russia is from the other countries in the cyber sphere? What kind of vulnerabilities or opportunities are ingrained in the building of Russian-originated cyber capabilities? How original Russia can be in this sphere?

  • Chair: Keir Gilles, Chatham House
  • Juha-Pekka Nikkarila, PVTKL, Mathematical modelling of cyberspace: A case study of closed national networks
  • Mari Ristolainen, PVTKL, Delineation, protection and control of digital borders: A case study of closed national network
  • Daivis Petraitis, deputy director, international relations and operations department, Ministry of Defence of Lithuania, A new Russian strategic C4I


SECURITY POLICY I Enemy images as part of strategic communication in contemporary Russia and China. Who are the enemies in the current Russian official foreign policy discourse and why? How public perception of patriotism is changing in contemporary Russia?

  • Chair: Olli-Matti Mikkola
  • Katri Pynnöniemi, MPKK & HY enemy images in Russian national security strategy,
  • Elina Sinkkonen, FIIA, threat perceptions and Chinese security strategy
  • Jussi Lassila, FIIA, Perception of patriotism among Russian youth



CYBER II What are the core assumptions of Russian cyber strategy? To what extent it differs from the western approach? What are Russian objectives in cyber sphere domestically and internationally? What Russia wants from the international cooperation in this sphere? How western policies on cyber domain have evolved in the recent years?

  • Chair: Mika Aaltola, program director, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
  • Juha Kukkola, MPKK, Structural cyber asymmetry: Towards new strategic thinking
  • Martti J. Kari, JYU, Russian cyber threat perception and response to that threat


SECURITY POLICY II Strategic use of information: traditions and contemporary logic

Traditions of malign information influence, new techniques of election manipulation. What can we learn from the latest elections? how ‘strategic narratives’ and disinformation are woven into Russian foreign policy discourses and how this influences its international relations and diplomacy.

The panel is organized together with the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.

  • Chair: Katri Pynnöniemi, MPKK & HY
  • Saara Jantunen, PVTUTKL, Counter-norms as the building blocks of the authoritarian strategic narrative
  • Derek Averre, University of Birmingham, how ‘strategic narratives’ and disinformation are woven into Russian foreign/security policy discourses
  • Precious N Chatterje-Doody, University of Manchester, Politicians, people, power: RT and the curation of global news