Group photo with the course participants
EU Facing “Hybrid Threats” Challenges, 9-10 June 2022, Brussels
The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) had the honour of co-organising the EU Facing “Hybrid Threats” Challenges course together with the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). The course was successfully held, in Brussels, on 9 and 10 June 2022, with active participation and excellent outcomes. The aim of the course was to prepare military officers and civil servants from EU Institutions and relevant Agencies and from Member States to effectively take positions on security policies, strategies and missions/operations. The course dealt with diplomatic, institutional, legal and operational issues related to hybrid threats and security issues at strategic level, enabling participants to form a broad overview of hybrid threat challenges. The first day of the course focused on the definition and nature of hybrid threats and the role of EU Institutions, with a specific focus on the contexts of cybersecurity and disinformation. The second day of the course started with a presentation of the hybrid threats and risks facing the European Union and its Member States, then continued by highlighting the EU-NATO partnership and resilience and future threats and concluded with a discussion on best practices and lessons learned in countering hybrid threats. We would like to thank all the keynote speakers for their excellent contributions and input, and for the very high quality of their speeches and lectures. The content of the presentations and the extremely relevant topics on current and future hybrid threat challenges triggered thought-provoking and rewarding discussions between the participants and the experts. We would like to thank all 20 participants for their confidence in the ESDC, and we will do our utmost to continue providing high-quality training.