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Conference “Hybrid threats in law enforcement context”

Date: 15-16 May 2018
Venue: Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel, Tallinn, ESTONIA

About the conference

Estonian Police and Border Guard Board and the Estonian Academy of Security Studies have the pleasure to invite you to the conference “Hybrid threats in law enforcement context” taking place in the framework of the program "European Union Police Services Training 2015-2018” in Tallinn, Estonia on May 15-16, 2018.

One and half day conference that will take place in Tallinn focuses on the perspectives of hybrid threats in the context of law enforcement and its correlation to the civilian crisis management missions. At the same keeping in mind the perspective of a civilian crisis management missions.

The concept of hybrid threats is very difficult to define. Hybrid threats are not defined by the actors, since states, non- governmental actors and even some individuals might be considered a part of hybrid threats. Possible mass influx of irregular migrants, secondary movements, organised cross-border crime and terrorism are new challenges which might emerge quickly and carry hybrid nature. Effects and impact of hybrid threats may result in casualties, changed decisions, altered public perception, etc. Law enforcement agencies have to understand the real purpose of the different actions, possible pattern of actions and instigators behind it. Out of pattern behaviour brings to the surface new types of crime and actors as opportunity crimes, if to mention one out of many.

During the one and half days the conference will explore following topics:

  • What are hybrid threats in the context of maintaining law and order or law enforcement?
  • How to prevent, react and deal with consequence management?
  • Who has to be aware about hybrid threats?
  • What are the possible countermeasures for hybrid threats by the law enforcement?
  • Case study Estonia 2007-2017
  • Case study, mass influx of irregular migrants
  • Discussion about the future

During the two days the participants will be able:    

  • understand the changing paradigm of hybrid threats
  • to define and recognise hybrid threats in law enforcement context
  • has general understanding how to prevent, to react,  manage consequences
  • to participate in the discussion about the possible future trends

Topics will be approached by the experts and academic researchers in a form of lectures and panel. The participants have the opportunity to participate in a moderated workshops and presentations of case studies during the conference.

The conference encourages the participation of law enforcement officers who are applying to or are already working on crisis management missions. We also invite staff of training institutions and organisations involved in the selection and training of civilian crisis management personnel to participate in the conference. The course is open to participants from EUPST partner organizations and participants from third countries.


After careful consideration of the proposals, we came up with the first draft programme of the conference.

15 May

9.00 – 09.30      Registration
9.30 – 10.00      Opening minutes - Elmar Vaher, Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board;
                        Frans Van Veenendaal, EUPST program manager
10.00 – 11.00    How to define and recognise hybrid threats - Ivo Juurvee and Matthew Crandall
11.00 – 12.15    Expanding paradigm, from state security to human security (diplomacy and media) -
                        Marina Kaljurand and Raul Rebane, Estonian journalist and communication consultant
12.15 – 12.30    family photo
12.30 – 13.30    lunch
13.30 – 14.15    Hybrid threats as internal security issues - Priit Suve, Minna Jokela and Elina Katajamäki
14.15 – 15.00    Influence operations as a part of hybrid threats - Harrys Puusepp,
                        press officer at Estonian Internal Security Service
15.00 – 15.30    coffee break
15.30 – 16.00    Introduction of Group Work
16.00 – 16.45    Group Work: Defining and understanding hybrid threats -
                          Ringo Ringvee
, Enn Kooskora, Ramon Loik and Piret Palusoo
                        Hybrid threats in the context of internal security
                        Hybrid threats prevention and communication
                        Hybrid threats and civilian missions
16.45 – 17.15    wrap up
16 May 2018
8.30 – 9.00        registration and coffee
9.00 – 9.15        conclusion of previous day
9.15 – 10.15      Case study EE 2007-2017 - Kristian Jaani,
                        Prefect of the North Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board, Estonia
10.15 – 11.15    Case study, mass influx of irregular migrants (2015 Slovenia)
                        Helen Neider-Veerme (Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau, Estonia)
                        and Sandi Krušnik
11.15 – 11.45    coffee break
11.45 – 12.45    key findings of the Group Work
12.45 – 13.15    wrap up
13.15 – 14.15    lunch
14.15                departure

Any general inquiry about the conference shall be sent only to this email address: international@politsei.ee

We are looking forward to welcome you at the 2018 Conference on „Hybrid threats in Law Enforcement Context“ in Tallinn!