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The Norwegian Atlantic Committee and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs have the pleasure of inviting you to the following seminar, October 31st at 10.00-11.30:
"The threats from Hybrid Warfare - Challenges and countermeasures in liberal democracies"
The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
Geir Hågen Karlsen
Lieutenant Colonel and Lecturer, the Norwegian Defence University College
Senior Research Fellow, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
The panel is moderated by Kjell Dragnes, Journalist and former Foreign Affairs Editor in Aftenposten
Location: Thon Conference Universitetsgaten
Address: Universitetsgata 26, 0162 Oslo
Date: Wednesday, 31. October
Time: 10.00-11.30 (Coffee and registration from 09.30)
Please note that audio from the seminar will be recorded and later published as a podcast. We will not broadcast questions from the audience.
About the seminar:
Over the last few years, and especially in the wake of Russian actions in Ukraine, hybrid warfare—sometimes referred to as hybrid threats—has gained a tremendous amount of attention both in Europe and worldwide. NATO, the EU, and individual nations including Norway, have devoted considerable time and resources to better understand and respond to the challenges posed by hybrid warfare. This includes the exploitation of ambiguous methods and tools of attack to weaken or degrade a targeted society, the use of plausible deniability, and the exploitation of outdated thresholds for the peache/war dichotomy.
Hybrid warfare thus intentionally blurs the distinction between peace and war by operating outside our perceptions of war as a violent clash of force, and by challenging our understanding of the beginning and end of hostilities. While Norway is a founding member of the intergovernmental Hybrid Threat Centre of Excellence in Helsinki, there is a need for an improved public understanding of the challenges posed by hybrid warfare in Norway, as well as other western liberal democracies.