Below you can find the programme for the upcoming Russia seminar on February 16th. The event will be streamed on YouTube live at the following address:

Timetable indicates time in Helsinki (GMT+2).

09.00-Welcome and Admin remarksSimo Pesu (FNDU)
09.05 – 09.15Opening wordsRector of FNDU
 Session 1: Conceptual aspects of the use of military powerModerator: Simo Pesu
09.15 – 09.45Keynote 1 Interpretation on the development of the Russian Concept of WarPentti Forsström (FNDU)
09.45– 10.15Command and Control Culture à la RusseDima Adamsky (Reichman University, Israel)
10.15 – 10.30Break 
10.30 – 11.00Are the new Russian Strategic Weapons and Missile Defence Systems changing the Balance?Leonid Nersisyan (ARDI)
11.00 – 11.30Strategic actions of Armed Forces – conceptual analysisJukka Viitaniemi (FNDU)
11.30 – 12.00Discussion 
12.00 – 13.00Break 
 Session 2: Theoretical aspects of the use of military powerModerator: Katri Pynnöniemi
13.00 – 13.30Schrödinger’s cat and other spooky actions in East-Ukraine – or how Russia’s war with Ukraine creates and describes New Russia – West conflictJyrki Terva (Tampere University)
13.30 – 14.00Messner’s theory on ”mjatezhnaja vojna” as a prelude to hybrid warfareJuha Wihersaari (FNDU)
14.00 – 14.30Discussion 
14.30 – 14.45Break 
 Session 3: Artificial intelligence in service of war preparationsModerator: Juha Kukkola
14.45 – 15.15Russia’s Revolution in Intelligence Affairs: From natural stupidity to Artificial IntelligenceOscar Jonsson (Phronesis Analysis, Swedish Defence University – FHS)
15.15 – 15.45Interface between AI and cyber. Creating Revolutions in Military Affairs(?): The Russian Military’s Utilisation of Artificial Intelligence to Enhance its Cyber OperationsRod Thornton (King’s College, UK)
15.45 – 16.15Discussion 
16.15 – 17.15Break 
 Parallel sessions
 Session 5: Strengthening Cohesion of Russian Armed Forces: Gender and Spiritual SecuritySession 4: Supportive elements for the use of military power
 Moderator: Katri PynnöniemiModerator: Pentti Forsström
17.15– 17.45Angels in Uniforms — Analysis of representations of women soldiers in Russian armed forces 2008-2021   Jonna Alava (FNDU)Developments in Russian combat air spending and likely implications for their future concepts of air operations against peer adversaries   Justin Bronk (RUSI)
17.45 – 18.15Russian military power projection through spiritual Power projection – Adm F.F. Ushakov Aristide LaVey (Independent Researcher)The “Long-Zapad” and Russian preparation for war     Konrad Myzuka (Rochan Consulting)
18.15 – 18.45Justifying the use of Force: Russia’s Spiritual and National Security Santeri Kytöneva (FNDU)TBC   Lester W. Grau (FMSO, on the web)
18.45 – 19.15DiscussionDiscussion
19.15 – 19.30 Break 
19.30 – 20.00Keynote 2: On Present War in Ukraine (tbc)Michael Kofman (CNA)
20.00 – 20.15Closing wordsPetteri Kajanmaa (FNDU)

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