SECURITY OF NATO's NORTHEN-EASTERN FLANK - The conference will be postponed*

The conference will be postponed. New date will be announced in due time.




an expert seminar


This event is a key element in preparations of International Conference
"Baltic Sea Basin’s security"


30th March, 2020
War Studies University
Address: Chuściela “Montera” 103 Avenue

The seminar will be held in English language with simultaneous translation to Polish


The constant transformation of security environment in the European part of the post-Soviet area, located on the eastern borders of the North Atlantic Alliance or directly adjacent to it, determine new challenges in the context of maintaining international security. There are many disputes with a differentiated background, which can potentially develop into armed conflicts. Examples justifying the latter thesis are the following: a complex of territorial-ethnic-religious wars in the Yugoslavian area, the frozen Transnistria conflict, and internal conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Aggressive politics and growing military capabilities of the Russian Federation are a threat to the security of states located in the eastern part of the Euro-Atlantic area. The international situation, which has been deteriorating since the beginning of the 21st century, creates a new conducive opportunity to the further development of regional military cooperation. The Russian-Georgian war in 2008, the annexation of Crimea, which was the first case of violation  of the territorial order in Europe during the post-Cold War and the outbreak of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, renewed the temporarily silenced fears. On the wave of these conflicts, the historically justified threat inspired by Russia's superpower aspirations has returned.

In the context of the presented assumptions, the purpose of the seminar is, first of all, to analyze the specifics of the regional security complex. Secondly, a reference to measures applied at the regional and the international environment to ensure security. Ultimately, this will lead to diagnosis and systematization of knowledge in the area of security, in which the states of the Northern and Eastern flank of the North Atlantic Alliance operate. The conference will address national security issues included in the following thematic areas:

a) identification of threats and security challenges in the Central, Northern and Eastern Europe as well as the Baltic Sea basin, their diversity and multidimensionality with particular regard to the dimensions of the military, economic, energy, social, ethnic, ecological, demographic, cyber space and other functioning at the state level and the international environment caused by states and non-state actors, including hybrid threats;

b) the evolution of the international order in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe, the geopolitical Russian Federation's return to their superpower aspirations and its consequences for the security of the countries of the Euro-Atlantic area;

c) central, northern and Eastern Europe’s security strategies and their strategic culture;

d) activities for the promotion of security at the state level;

e) actions for security at international level, which include the strategy and political practice of the European Union, the North Atlantic Alliance and other international institutions and alliances that are operating in the region.


Confirmed expert participants:

  1. MG Andis Dilans – Commandant of Baltic Defence College;
  2. COL Orlin Nikolov – the Director  of the Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence;
  3. Mr Kenneth Kligge, Director of National Security Policy Analysis Forum;
  4. Mr Marcin Terlikowski, PhD, Head of International Security Programme at Polish Institute of International Affairs.


Additional Information

  1. Deadline for submitting expert speech thesis – 12.03.2020;
  2. Submission of participation application – 18.03.2020;
  3. Seminar’s programme publication – 23.03.2020.


There will be 4 to 6 experts participating in each of three hour panels. Each of them will start with a 15 minute expert speech concerning the selected matters. After the presentations assigned person will moderate the Q&A session. A general discussion will be a final step of each panel, during which the participants will be able to ask questions and present their own thoughts about the subject area. Seminar will be held in English language with a simultaneous translation to Polish. Meaning, that the questions may be asked in Polish language and will be translated.

The organizers of the seminar are planning to publish a post-conference book in 2020. The Scientific Committee will recommend the articles which meet the publisher’s technical and substantive requirements. War Studies University will be the publish house. The information regarding editorial requirements is to be found on the publisher’s website:


30th March, 2020

09:00-09:30 Registration
reception in building no 56

09:30-10:00 Introduction combined with welcoming remarks
room 211, building no 56

Vice-rector for military affairs COL Dariusz Majchrzak, Assoc. Prof.
Director of Institute of Strategy, LTG (retired) Bogusław Samol, PhD

10:00-13:00 Military Security
room 211 (expert panel)

  • arms and armed forces of the region
  • alliances and its obligations
  • military threats

Moderator: Director of Institute of Strategy, Bogusław Samol, PhD

13:00-14:00 Lunch
War Studies University’s restaurant

14:00-17:00 Hybrid dimension
room 211 (expert panel)

  • multidimensional aspect of hybrid activities
  • hybrid activities in Eastern Europe
  • minorities, diasporas, refugees and migrants as a potential basis for hybrid war

Moderator: Director of Information Activities, COL Jarosław Wiśniewski, PhD


Conference website: