Below you can find the programme for the upcoming Russia seminar on February 15-16th. The event will be streamed on YouTube live at the following address:

Russia’s war on Ukraine: strategic and operational designs and implementation

Day 1: Wednesday 15th February 2023

09.00Welcome and Admin remarksSimo Pesu (FNDU)
09.10 – 09.20Opening wordsRector of FNDU
09.20 – 09.30Introduction to the theme of Russia Seminar 2023Pentti Forsström (FNDU)
09.30 – 10.00Keynote 1: Russian Art of Coercion: A Post-War Transformation of Deterence and CompellenceDima Adamsky (Reichman University, Israel)
 Session 1: Aspects on Art of WarModerator: Pentti Forsström
10.00 – 10.30An Assessment of Russia’s Way of War in the Wake of its Aggression in UkraineDumitru Minzarari (Baltic Defence College)
10.30 – 11.00Evolution of Russian Operational Concept DevelopmentClint Reach (RAND)
11.00 – 11.30The role of space assets in Russia’s war in Ukraine: an appraisalRod Thornton and Marina Miron (King’s College, UK)
11.30 – 12.00Panel 
12.00 – 13.00Lunch break 
 Parallel sessions 
 Session 2: Non-kinetic aspectsSession 3: Justifying aspects
 Moderator: Simo PesuModerator: Katri Pynnöniemi
13.00 – 13.30Russian asymmetric, indirect, and non-military methods in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine – theoretical ambivalence and practical complications   Juha Kukkola (Finnish Defence Forces)The equalization of nationalism and Nazism in Russian strategic narratives: a postcolonial perspective   Ieva Berzina (National Defence Academy of Latvia)
13.30 – 14.00Russian Tactical PSYOPS in Ukraine – do they play by Soviet handbook?   Ivo Juurvee (ICDS)Creating an enemy: denazification in the contemporary military strategy of the Russian Federation   Marzia Cimmino (FNDU)
14.00 – 14.30Observations of the Russian Cyberwarfare during the Ukrainian War   Juha Wihersaari (FNDU)Strategic objectives of Russia’s attack in relation to Kremlin’s political rhetoric during 2022   Santeri Kytöneva (FNDU)
14.30 – 15.00Discussion 
15.00 – 15.30Coffee break 
 Session 4: Operational assessmentsSession 5: Maritime aspects
 Moderator: Jukka ViitaniemiModerator: Iiro Penttilä
15.30 – 16.00Russian Military Performance in the Russo-Ukrainian War   Michael Kofman (CNA)Russian operation against maritime communication: main conclusions and lessons from the experience of protecting the economic activities of the state at sea in the conditions of the Russian-Ukrainian war   Yevhenii Vdovytskyi (National Defence University of Ukraine)
16.00 – 16.30Comparing Russo-Ukrainian war and Second Karabakh war: performance and failures   Leonid Nersisyan and Cerwyn Moore (APRI, University of Birmingham)Russian strategy and operational art in the war against Ukraine at sea: lessons learned, trends and prospects   Stepan Yakymiak (National Defence University of Ukraine)
16.30 – 17.00Understanding the Russian ‘Way of War’? Western estimates of Russian military power and the War in Ukraine (ZOOM)   Bettina Renz (University of Nottingham)The Maritime Dimension of Russia’s War Against Ukraine (ZOOM)   Stephen Blank (Foreign Policy Research Institute)
17.00 – 17.30Panel 

Day 2: Thursday 16th February 2023

08.30 – 09.00Coffee 
 Moderator: Pentti Forsström 
09.00 – 09.30Keynote 2: Military-political and military-strategic situation around Black Sea and Caspian Sea Region (TBC)Andrei Gritsenko (National Defence University of Ukraine)
09.30 – 09.45Break 
 Session 6: External and future aspectsSession 7: Societal aspects
  Moderator: Katri Pynnöniemi
9.45 – 10.15Russia’s Wartime Military Diplomacy with the Countries of the ‘Global South’: Drivers and Implications   Ivan U. K. Klyszcz (ICDS)How Russian Patriotic Education Was Changed to Support War: Military Masculinity as a Hegemonic Discourse and Practices of Resistance   Jonna Alava (FNDU)
10.15 – 10.45Countering the Russian invasion strategy in Ukraine: conceptions and capabilities   Valеrii Hordiichuk, Andrii Ivashchenko and Nina Andriianova (TBC) (National Defence University of Ukraine)Military-political education in Russian Armed Forces   Aleksander Malinen (University of Helsinki)
10.45 – 11.15Prolonged Wars in the 21st Century: Sustaining and Adapting Over a Long Conflict   Marc R. DeVore and Kristen Harkness (University of St. Andrews)Support for war of aggression in Russia   Eemil Mitikka (University of Helsinki)
11.15 – 11.45Panel 
11.45 – 12.00Closing wordsColonel Pekka Turunen (FNDU)

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