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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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration


2:00 pm - 2:10 pm

Opening remarks


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

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Opening speech


Opening speech by Mr Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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


Keynote speech:

Prof. Mark Galeotti, European Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Dr. Michael Kofman, Woodrow Wilson International Center

Dr. Michael Carpenter, The Atlantic Council

Moderator:

Major General Andis Dilāns, Commandant of BALTDEFCOL

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Coffee break


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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


Panel is organized in cooperation 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, CEPA

Moderator:

Dr. Piret Ehin, University of Tartu

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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


Speakers:

Dr. Bettina Renz, Nottingham University

Dr. Janis Berzins, National Defense Academy of Latvia

CPT Algirdas Revaitis, The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Moderator:

Mr. Maxime Lebrun, Baltic Defence College

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Coffee break


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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


Speakers:

Professor Gediminas Vitkus, Vilnius University

Mr. Eitvydas Bajarunas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Mr. Kurt Engelen

 

Moderator:

Colonel Jeannot Trudel, Deputy Commandant/Chief of Staff of the Baltic Defence College

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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


Speakers:

Dr. Andras Racz, Pazmany Peter Catholic University

Ms. Elizabeth Wahl

Mr. Maris Cepurtis, Latvian University

Moderator:

Dr. Zdzislaw Sliwa, Dean of the Baltic Defence College

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dinner


Dinner speech by Mr. Urmas Klaas, Tartu City Mayor

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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


Speakers:

Lieutenant General Benjamin Hodges, Commanding General U.S. Army Europe

Brigadier General Laura A. Potter, Director of Intelligence, U.S. Army Europe

Mr. Mark D. Voyger, Special Advisor to Commanding General U.S. Army Europe

Moderator:

Major General Andis Dilāns, Commandant of BALTDEFCOL

9:00 am - 10:30 am

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


Speakers:

Mr. Liudas Zdanavičius, The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

Dr. Maris Andžāns, Latvian Institute of International Affairs

Moderator:

Dr. Asta Maskaliunaite, Baltic Defence College

9:00 am - 10:30 am

3rd Panel: Parallel Session B: “Threats, Options and Importance in Regional Security for Nordic Countries”


Speakers:

Dr. Mike Winnerstig, Swedish Defence Research Agency

Dr. Kristi Raik, director of Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

Moderator:

Colonel Yrjo Lehtonen, Baltic Defence College

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:

Dr. Michael Staack, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces

TBA

Moderator:

Ms. Pilleriin Lillemets, Baltic Defence College

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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


Panel is organized in cooperation with US Strategic Command.

Speakers:

Dr. Alexander Lanoszka, Modern War Institute at West Point, Department of International Politics

Dr. Nora Vanaga, National Defence Academy of Latvia

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel N.Miller, USSTRATCOM

Moderator:

Dr. Viljar Veebel, Fellow on Russian Strategic and Military Studies, BALTDEFCOL

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Coffee break


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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


Speakers:

Mr. Jüri Luik, Estonian Minister of Defence

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

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lunch


Registration

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75 EUR

Conference Fee

30 EUR

Conference Fee for Students

Partners

  • U.S Army Europe
  • War Studies University
  • University of Tartu
  • Swedish Defence University
  • National Defence Academy of Latvia
  • Estonian National Defence College
  • City of Tartu
  • Potomac Foundation
  • The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

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.