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Global responses to hybrid threats and warnings from Ukraine [Over to Youth: CEPS Young Thinkers Roundtable]

Foreign and security policy


Global responses to hybrid threats and warnings from Ukraine [Over to Youth: CEPS Young Thinkers Roundtable]


State and non-state actors alike increasingly resort to more subtle means below the threshold of traditional conflict to undermine security or complement their war efforts. For example, Russia has aided and abetted Belarus’ use of refugees as weapons and its state-sponsored terrorism, conducted cyberattacks against key infrastructure, (not so) secretly funded private mercenaries, spread disinformation through state-run propaganda outlets and the use of deep fakes, engaged in psychological and false flag operations, and financed corruption in order to undermine public confidence in decision-makers. This hybrid warfare toolkit may also include the intentional withholding of natural resources (water, energy, food staples, etc.), trafficking in drugs and small weapons, and engagement in economic coercion. These challenges are global in nature and require a more joined-up approach to mitigate their effects.

What lessons can be learned from Ukraine? How do these challenges affect different regions around the world? How are they addressed? How can states improve their collective response to hybrid threats?

To bring more young voices to the heart of high-level policy debates, this “Over to Youth” webinar is dedicated to multilateral responses to hybrid threats. The event will bring together thought leaders, policy makers and scholars from across the globe with CEPS Young Thinkers.

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Speakers list
Maxime Lebrun

Senior Analyst, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Kristine Berzina

Senior Fellow and Head of the Geopolitics team at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund, Washington DC

Ong Wei Chong

Assistant Professor and Head of National Security Studies Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Luiza Bandeira

Associate Editor and Research Associate, Latin America, Atlantic Council

Dr Kwesi Aning

Director Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)