08.30–09.00 Registration and coffee

09.00–09.15 Opening of the seminar and administrative remarks, Simo Pesu (FNDU)
Opening speech, Rector, Major General Jari Kallio (FNDU)

09.15–11.00 KEYNOTE (30 min), Michael Kofman, (CNA): Russian threat perceptions

                     Panel discussion
                     Chair: Jyri Raitasalo (FNDU)
                     Panelists: Gudrun Persson (FOI), Petteri Lalu (FNDU)) and
                     Daivis Petraitis (Lithuanian MoD)

11.00–11.15 Coffee

11.15–12.45 Parallel sessions: Cyber I & Security Policy I

13.00–14.00 Lunch (Restaurant Ignatius, 150 m walking distance)

14.00–15.30 Parallel sessions: Cyber II & Security Policy II

15.30–15.45 Break

15.45–16.30 KEYNOTE 2 (30 min) Kati Parppei (UEF): Enemy images in
                     Russian national narrative

                     Audience Q&A to the keynote speaker
                     Chair: Petteri Lalu (FNDU)

16.30–16.40 Closing remarks, Niclas von Bonsdorff, Director External Relations (FNDU)

16.45–18.00 Wine reception, Santahamina Building




Lection Hall Yrjö-Maunu at Ritaritalo

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 Giles, Chatham House
  • Juha-Pekka Nikkarila, FDRA, Mathematical modelling of cyberspace: A case study of closed national networks
  • Mari Ristolainen, FDRA, Delineation, Protection and Control of Digital Borders: The Russian National Segment of the Internet
  • Daivis Petraitis, Lithuanian MoD, A new Russian strategic C4I



Lection Hall Itälinnake at Santahamina Building

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, FinEmb Ukraine
  • Katri Pynnöniemi, FNDU & UH, 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




Lection Hall Yrjö-Maunu, at Ritaritalo

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: Katri Pynnöniemi, FNDU & UH
  • Juha Kukkola, FNDU, Structural cyber asymmetry: Towards new strategic thinking
  • Martti J. Kari, JYU, Russian cyber threat perception and response to that threat
  • Mari Ristolainen, FDRA, Game Player: Facing the structural transformation of cyberspace


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

Lection Hall Itälinnake

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: Vytautas Keršanskas, Hybrid CoE
  • Saara Jantunen, FDRA, 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