CCOE Seminar Series - A platform for Civil-Military dialogue

By blurring the line between war and peace, Hybrid Threats have become a growing challenge in recent years. Therefore, the CCOE dedicates two webinars of its well-established seminar series to the pressing topic of Hybrid Threats. The seminars ‘A Civil-Military Response to Hybrid Threats´, which already took place on the 13 October 2021, and ´Societal Resilience´, which will take place on 16 December 2021 at 15.00 (UTC+1), connect expertise on conceptual developments with practitioners’ experiences and respond to the Civil-Military Community's demand to examine subjects of current interest.  

By connecting people both physically and virtually, the CCOE seminars offer a platform that connects people, enables sharing collective knowledge, and thereby facilitates an open dialogue among the Civil-Military Community.

The widely attended seminar on Hybrid Threats hosted a panel of experts that consisted of  Mr Chris Kremidas-Courtney, Senior Fellow for peace, security, and defence at the organisation Friends of Europe, Ms Maria Sofia Macedo, Analyst for counter Hybrid Warfare at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Deterrence Group, and Mr Adam Malewicz, Senior Specialist Analyst leading and coordinating the work of the analyst section in J9 (CIMIC) Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast (HQ MNC NE). After discussing conceptual definitions and understandings of Hybrid Threats and putting them into a real-world context, the following moderated question and answer sessions encouraged a fertile exchange of ideas. 

To further expand the Hybrid context, the upcoming seminar ´Societal Resilience´ will elaborate on Civil-Military Responses to Hybrid Threats. The renowned experts Friederike Dahns, chair of the CEPC Working Group Civil Protection at NATO HQ, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor of Critical Peace and Conflict Studies at the Arctic University of Norway and Dr Nicholas Krohley, Founder of FrontLine Advisory will be discussing the phenomenon of Societal Resilience providing their individual and academic perspective and background.

In addition to the seminars, the CCOE is currently advancing its website and now publicly offers the ideas conveyed throughout the seminars, including the speakers’ presentations, biographies, meeting minutes and further literature online to the Community of Interest at large. 

The CCOE will continue its seminar series bi-monthly and is looking forward to responding to subjects of interest to the Community of Interest. Thus, feel encouraged to submit future topics of interest to the CCOE Seminar Team.

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