Friends of Europe will be contributing to the global conversation on hybrid and transnational threats by publishing a discussion paper in December 2018. The paper will include perspectives and recommendations from 12 authors in the field of hybrid threats and cybersecurity.
In an age where hybrid tactics such as disinformation and cyber-attacks are increasingly deployed, the limitations of conventional military power have become evident. Through fake news, election interference and disinformation campaigns, perpetrators are exploiting the current state of polarisation and government mistrust in Western democracies, thus increasingly demanding a response from those accountable for protecting our security in the cyber domain. These emerging hybrid threats are forcing a rethink on how to coordinate efforts not just between allies but also between public and private actors.
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In an age where hybrid tactics such as disinformation campaigns and cyber-attacks are becoming almost everyday events, the limitations of conventional military power have become evident. Through fake news, election interference and disinformation campaigns, perpetrators are exploiting the current state of polarisation and government mistrust in Western democracies. In Europe, numerous countries have experienced Russia’s hybrid aggressions, from its interference in the German and French elections and the illegal annexation of Crimea to its most recent use of an internationally banned nerve agent on British soil, all of this accompanied with continued cyberattacks and hostile propaganda.
Most EU member states have strengthened their capabilities in the face of these threats. But with the EU parliamentary elections just around the corner, it is important to get a sharper sense on how prepared the EU is to counter these hybrid threats and improve its overall resilience. Friends of Europe wants to contribute to this conversation with its new discussion paper on hybrid and transnational threats. The paper includes perspectives and recommendations from a cross-sectoral range of actors in the field of hybrid threats and cybersecurity. This paper should serve as a toolkit to learn from previous experiences and to prepare for the upcoming challenges this new domain of warfare brings.
- What capabilities and actions to counter hybrid threats are in the EU’s playbook in the face of the upcoming EU elections? How effective are they?
- What lessons can be learnt from previous disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks in elections across Europe?
- While hybrid warfare works by exploiting the polarisation of societies and the lack of trust in governments, what can be done at the EU level to restore trust in centrist politics?
Thomas Myrup Kristensen, Managing Director EU Affairs and Head of Brussels office at Facebook
Urmas Paet, Member of European Parliament
Clare Roberts, Senior Policy Coordinator for Hybrid Warfare and Resilience at NATO’s Operations Division
Paolo Venturoni, Chief Executive Officer of the European Organisation for Security (EOS)
Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO
This event is a part of Friends of Europe’s initiative #EuropeMatters. For the 2019 European elections we are setting out a vision for the Europe we want, based on a multi-stakeholder consultation and input from citizens, business and civil society
This event is exclusively for Friends of Europe's members, EU institution representatives and media. For more information, please contact Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Manager at Friends of Europe.
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Manager
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