Category Archives: Conference

Russia Seminar 2022

Attending the Finish National Defence University’s Russia seminar 2022. The seminar discusses Russian military policy and the research development in that field. The main theme of the seminar will be ”Russian Concept of War and Operation, Management, and Use of Military Power – Conceptual Change”.

Attending the 1st International Scientific Conference “MILITARY CONFLICTS AND TECHNOGENIC DISASTERS” in Ternopil, Ukraine

Today I am attending the 1st International Scientific Conference “MILITARY CONFLICTS AND TECHNOGENIC DISASTERS: historical and psychological consequences” (to the 35th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster) organised by Ternopil Ivan Puluj National Technical University April 22 – 23, 2021 in Ternopil, Ukraine.

I am presenting a paper titled “Comprehending hybrid threats and hybrid warfare: The Hybridity Blizzard Model” together with Dr Niklas Nilsson (Swedish Defence University) and Björn Palmertz (Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS)). The paper outlines our “Hybridity Blizzard Model” for how to comprehend hybrid threats and hybrid warfare.

To learn more about our model you can read the concluding chapter of our anthology “Hybrid Warfare: Security and Asymmetry“. Access the chapter HERE, or download the whole book HERE.

 

Grant for developing a network in War Studies for Research on Land Operations and Tactics

Today I and Dr Niklas Nilsson received a Research Initiation grant (F20-0119) from the RJ Foundation for developing an International Network in War Studies for Research on Land Operations and Tactics.

Abstract:
International politics has become ever more volatile over the last decade, increasing the risk of large-scale military violence. Yet the precise character of future wars will depend on a range of factors that relate to adversaries, allies, technology, geographical scope and multiple domains of warfare. Few would question the fact that land forces will continue to be important in the foreseeable future. However, given that the battlefield is in a state of transformation, so is the mission, purpose and utilisation of land forces. Indeed, serious questions are being asked about the future conduct of land warfare in the face of major, complex challenges and security threats.

The proposed research initiation will zero in on the evolving role of land forces, focusing particularly on the changes that have taken place in the art of commanding and executing combat and on the role of rapid technological innovation and information dissemination in shaping warfare. Furthermore, it is pertinent to revisit the established military theory and thinking (some of it neglected in recent years) with lessons learned from contemporary land warfare.

The initiative will bring together world-leading international researchers on land warfare from across Europe, the US, and beyond. The project will centre around two workshops and exchanges of visiting researchers, exploring a number of key issues from a thematic and an empirical perspective.

Virtual ISMS Annual Conference 2020

Participated in the Virtual ISMS Annual Conference 2020 hosted by the Finnish National Defence University (FNDU). I presented a paper on the role of the military in the grey-zone at the War Studies in the WG1 session chaired by Marzena Zakowska (War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland) and Eryk Habowski (Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and NATO VA Academy at War Studies University, Poland).

For more information visit https://isms2020.mmg.fi/.

ISA West 24-27 September, 2020

Presenting paper on the role of the military in managing hybrid threats and hybrid warfare in the grey-zone at the International Studies Association (ISA) West’s annual conference 24-27 September. It was a great panel I would like to thank my panelist at the “Space and Cyberspace” panel and the chair Brandon Valeriano for great comments.

Attending conference on “The Strategic Triangle in the Arctic”

Attending the SIPRI Webinar Series on “The Strategic Triangle in the Arctic” during the 7-10 September. Very interesting presentations and discussion on the interests of the Arctic and non-Arctic states, on Maritime transport and the changing geopolitical landscape, the changing geopolitical dynamics and military security challenges, and responses to the changing dynamics in the Arctic.

Attedning webinar on “EU–China Relations in an Era of Connectivity”

On 2-3 Sep 2020 I was attending a webinar on “EU–China Relations in an Era of Connectivity”, co-organized by SIPRI and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).

The purpose of the webinars is to explore the extent to which EU–China relations have been evolving and may evolve in an era of connectivity. In particular, the webinars will focus on understanding the economic, political and strategic rationales that underpin connectivity agendas both in China and the EU and will explore pathways for promoting mutual interests.

Symposium – Hybrid Warfare in Georgia and Ukraine

Today my college Dr. Niklas Nilsson spoke on Hybrid Warfare in Ukraine and Georgia at the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences [Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademin (KKrVA)].

Summary (in Swedish): LINK

https://kkrva.se/inbjudan-till-symposium-om-hybridkrigforing/

 

WORKSHOP: Hybrid Threats and Asymmetric Warfare: What to do?

In November I am organising a workshop on “Hybrid Threats and Asymmetric Warfare: What to do?” in Stockholm 14-15 November, 2017 at the Swedish Defence University (SEDU). It is organised by the Land Operation Section, Dept. of Military Studies at the Swedish Defence University (SEDU) in collaboration with the Centre for Conflict, Rule of Law and Society, Bournemouth University and the
Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS). It is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) (Grant No: F16-1240:1)

 

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Purpose

The international security environment has seemingly left the post-cold war parenthesis of everlasting peace and evolved into a volatile and increasingly grey area of war and peace. Security challenges arising from both hybrid wars and hybrid threats are today high on security agendas in Sweden, Europe as well as internationally. However, despite the attention there is today a lack of research that address how such “new” wars and threats should be handled. While studies do exist addressing specific issues, a comprehensive approach to how hybrid wars and threats are to be handled are still lacking. This is particularly so when it comes to experience sharing between states. The here proposed workshop will be a first step towards developing such a comprehensive approach.

The aim of this workshop is to bridge across disciplinary boundaries as well as between researchers and practitioners within and outside Sweden, utilising each group’s extensive experiences and knowledge in to a coherent whole. The aim of the workshop is to besides producing and disseminate new knowledge, to work as the foundation for long-term collaboration, being the first step in the creation of a European Network on Hybrid Warfare Capabilities that can work across borders as well as being a channel between the state of the art of research and practice.

The workshop

Though being mainly a scientific workshop, a number of practitioners will be invited. Our aim is that each session shall include a mix of presentations by academics and practitioners. The workshop will also include round-table discussions to facilitate innovative and reflective discussions across the academic-practitioner border. To facilitate the production of new knowledge and the development of future cooperation we are not expecting finished papers from all participants, but instead we want to put emphasise on facilitating the development of new ideas associated with hybrid threats/warfare broadly speaking.

For more information contact mikael.weissmann@fhs.se.