When

8-9 March 2018

Where

Tartu, Estonia
Dorpat Convention Centre

Annual Conference on Russia
“Russia in 2018: Challenges and Responses?”

The Baltic Defence College is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Conference on Russia, entitled “Russia in 2018: Challenges and Responses?”, to be held from 8th -9th March 2018 in Tartu. The aim of the conference is to bring together military officers, academics and analysts from the Baltic States, Nordic countries and other Euro-Atlantic countries to study main threats related to Russian political and military ambitions and to analyse best available responses. Special attention will be dedicated to the transatlantic deterrence towards Russia, upcoming Russian military exercises, experiences from Russian actions in Ukraine and future threats coming from Russia´s military modernization. The final debate will focus on changes and improvements needed for successful deterrence against Russia in upcoming years.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michael
Carpenter

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Future Europe Initiative, and Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security ...

Dr. Michael
Kofman

Senior Research Scientist at CNA Corporation ...

Schedule

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Registration


1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

Administrative remarks by conference organizer


Administrative remarks by Dr. Viljar Veebel, the conference organizer

1:05 pm - 1:25 pm

Opening address by the Commandant of Baltic Defence College


Opening address by the Major General Andis Dilāns, Commandant of Baltic Defence College

1:25 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote speech


Keynote speech by Prof. Mark Galeotti, Senior Researcher and Head of the Centre for European Security at the Institute of International Relations Prague

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Keynote panel: “Russia’s Role in the Global Arena: Searching and Finding Isolation”


 

Speakers:

Dr. Michael Kofman, Senior Research Scientist at CNA, and Fellow at Wilson Center

Dr. Michael Carpenter, Senior Researcher at the Atlantic Council

Moderator:

Prof. Mark Galeotti, Senior Researcher and Head of the Centre for European Security at the Institute of International Relations Prague

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Coffee break


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

1st Panel: Parallel Session A: “Russkii Mir: Info War in Hybrid Warfare Model”


Panel is organized in partnership with the University of Tartu

Speakers:

Professor Andrey Makarytchev, Visiting Professor at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu

Mr. Brian Whitmore, Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia Program, CEPA

Mr. Anton Lysenkov, Chief Editor at Spektr.Press

Moderator:

Mr. Hans H. Luik, Head of Board at Ekspress Grupp

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

1st panel: Parallel session B: “Russian Military Toolbox in 2018”


Speakers:

Dr. Bettina Renz, Associate Professor at Nottingham University

CPT Algirdas Revaitis, Researcher at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Mr. Nicholas J. Myers, President of War Vs Peace Foundation

Moderator:

Mr. Maxime Lebrun, Researcher at the Baltic Defence College

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Coffee break


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

2nd Panel: Parallel session A: “Expected Russian Escalation Pattern for Baltic States after Georgian and Ukrainian Experience”


Speakers:

Commander (SG) Kurt Engelen, Relationship Manager European Union, Belgian Defence Staff – Strategy Department

H.E. Mr. Eitvydas Bajarūnas, Ambassador at large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Colonel Vasyl Shkoliarenko, Deputy Commandant of Education and Research Center for International Peacekeeping, National Defence University of Ukraine

Moderator:

Colonel Tarmo Ränisoo, Director of Department of Military Studies, Baltic Defence College

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

2nd Panel: Parallel Session B: “Lessons from Russian Syria Campaign”


Speakers:

Dr. Andras Racz, Associate Professor of the Department of International Studies Pazmany Peter Catholic University

Ms. Elizabeth Wahl, Independent Journalist

Mr. Māris Cepurītis, Lecturer at Rīga Stradiņš University  

Moderator:

Dr. Rene Värk, Associate Professor at University of Tartu

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dinner in AHHAA Science Centre


Dinner hosted by Tartu City in partnership with the Georgian Embassy in Tallinn

Dinner address: Mr. Urmas Klaas, Tartu City Mayor

Venue: AHHAA Science Centre, Sadama 1 (10 minute walking distance from Dorpat Convention Centre)

 

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Night-Owl Session: “Zapad 2017: Lessons and Indications for NATO”


Speakers:

Lieutenant General (ret.) Benjamin Hodges, Former Commanding General U.S. Army Europe

Dr. Phillip Petersen, Centre for the Study of New Generation Warfare

Colonel Kaupo Rosin, Commander of Estonian Military Intelligence Center

Moderator:

Colonel (ret) Dr. Zdzislaw Sliwa, Dean at Baltic Defence College

 

9:00 am - 10:30 am

3rd Panel: Parallel Session A: “Russian Imperial Methods in Former Soviet Block”


Speakers:

Mr. Liudas Zdanavičius, Lecturer at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Captain Jaroslaw Affek, Military University of Land Forces of Poland

Mr. Ilia Koberidze, Director of Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Moderator:

Dr. Maris Andžāns, Researcher at Latvian Institute of International Affairs

9:00 am - 10:30 am

3rd Panel: Parallel Session B: “Importance of Russian Challenges and Threats for Nordic Countries”


Speakers:

Dr. Ole Kværnø, Dean of Danish Royal Defence Academy

Dr. Mike Winnerstig, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of the War Sciences and Non-Resident Fellow of the ICDS, Tallinn

Dr. Kristi Raik, Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, ICDS

Moderator:

Colonel (ret) Aivar Jaeski, Former Deputy Director of Riga STRATCOM Centre

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Coffee break


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

4th Panel: Parallel Session A: “NATO Responses to Russian Actions and Ambitions”


Speakers:

Mr. Daivis Petraitis, International Relations and Operation Department, Lithuanian MOD

Commodore (ret) Hans Helseth, Senior Mentor of Baltic Defence College

Dr. Jānis Berzins, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Foundation, and Director of the Center for Security and Strategic Research at National Defence Academy of Latvia

Moderator:

Dr. Asta Maskaliūnaitė, Director Department of Political and Strategic Studies, Baltic Defence College

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

4th Panel: Parallel Session B: “Multilateral Deterrence in 21st Century: Key Aspects and Dilemmas”


Speakers:

Dr. Alexander Lanoszka, Lecturer at University of London

Dr. Nora Vanaga, Researcher at National Defence Academy of Latvia

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel N.Miller, USSTRATCOM Global Operations

Moderator:

Dr Matus Halas, Researcher at Baltic Defence College

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Coffee break


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Concluding panel: “How and Why Deterrence Against Russia Should Work?


Speakers:

H.E. Mr. Māris Riekstiņš, Ambassador of Latvia to the Russian Federation

H.E. Mr. Vygaudas Ušackas, European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Moderator:

Mr. Sven Sakkov, Director of International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS)

 

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Lunch


Registration

Registration to the Annual Conference on Russia 2018 is closed. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kadri Nestra, kadri.nestra@baltdefcol.org. Please note that conference also has a fee - 75 EUR (regular) and 30 EUR (students).

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Partners

  • U.S Army Europe
  • War Studies University
  • University of Tartu
  • Swedish Defence University
  • City of Tartu
  • The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
  • Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Estonia
  • U.S Strategic Command
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Location and Venue

Venue

Dorpat Convention Centre

Centre is located in the heart of Tartu in the same building with Hotel Dorpat and TASKU Shopping Centre.

Entry to the building by car is from Soola Street and on foot from Turu Street. Dorpat Convention Centre is located on the 4th Floor.

Address: Turu 2, TASKU, Tartu 51013

Conference Location

Tartu

Due to its intellectual resources and great beauty, Tartu ; is often called the ‘Athens of Estonia’. It is Estonia’s second largest city with approximately 100,000 inhabitants. Because of its world famous University, the city is widely known as the intellectual capital of Estonia. Founded by the King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus, in 1632, the university has made Tartu the centre of Estonian education and science for the past few centuries.

Estonia, Tartu

Nearby Accomodation

Hotel Dorpat (3superior***)

Conference on Russia will be held in the same building with Hotel Dorpat that has partnered with the Baltic Defence College to offer the best prices for the conference participants.

Single room: 56 EUR

Double room: 68 EUR

Please send the e-mail to info@dorpat.ee and mention the code “Conference on Russia” and you will be assigned one of the pre-booked rooms.

Reserving and paying for the accommodation is the responsibility of the conference participant.

Address: Soola 6, Tartu

Hotell Lydia (4superior****)

Hotell Lydia is located behind the City Hall and offers accommodation for special price for the participants:

Single room: 80 EUR

Double room: 110 EUR

Please send the e-mail to sales@lydia.ee and mention the code “Conference on Russia” and you will be assigned one of the pre-booked rooms.

Reserving and paying for the accommodation is the responsibility of the conference participant.

Address: Ülikooli 14, Tartu

Additional details

Should you have any questions regarding the programme and speakers, please contact Dr. Viljar Veebel. Should you have any questions regarding the administrative arrangements, please contact Ms. Kadri Nestra.