Russia’s Challenge to North American and European Security

Russia uses hybrid or asymmetric tactics to advance its goals in Eastern Europe and beyond. Hybrid warfare combines the use of conventional warfare, covert or irregular warfare, cyber attacks, political disinformation, propaganda campaigns, psychological operations and other tactics. It’s meant to keep adversaries off balance through information disruption which generates confusion.

An important element is its use of disinformation and offensive cyber activities. Russian websites have already tried to spread vicious rumours about NATO troops in the Baltics. Closer to home they have spread rumours about the family history of Canada’s foreign minister and have worked to manipulate aspects of Baltic history in an effort to marginalize their security concerns. Kremlin meddling was clearly a factor in the US, French and German elections and Canada can expect the same in future elections.

Meanwhile, Russia has a wide range of cyber tools and resources, including the ability to carry out denial-of-service attacks, develop sophisticated malware, and exploit previously unknown software vulnerabilities. Kremlin cyber warriors are capable of targeting everything from individual mobile phones to the IT infrastructures of entire governments. The Baltic countries have been exposed to these types of threat for some time and are well familiar with the danger.

To shed light on this issue, MLI is hosting a panel event that will bring together some of the leading thinkers on the strategic threat posed by Russia. By explaining the anatomy of a hybrid warfare campaign, its use of disinformation, and the dangers of cyber attacks, Canadians will better understand the threat that our troops and allies will face in the Baltics – and the possible dangers closer to home.


  • Jānis Garisons, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia
  • Tom Nichols, Professor, US Naval War College
  • Alexander Moens, Professor and the Chair of Political Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Marcus Kolga, Filmmaker and activist at Lifea Communications, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • Alexandra Gheciu, Associate Director, Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa (moderator)

Event details:

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time: 10 am – 12 pm (Registration starts at 9:30 am)

Location: Kildare House, 323 Chapel Street, Ground Floor

For more information about the event, please contact Allison Carrigan at


Is the venue close to public transit?

Yes, the following bus routes come close to the venue:

  • Bus 19 – Stop located at Laurier & Chapel (1 minute walk)
  • Bus 16 – Stop located at Chapel & Somerset (4 minute walk)
  • Bus 7 – Stop located at Rideau & Friel (9 minute walk)

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

We will obtain a special occassion parking permit from the City, which will enable overtime parking (where parking is permitted) on the following streets:

  • Chapel Street
  • Blackburn Avenue
  • Russell Avenue
  • Sweetland Avenue
  • Goulbourn Avenue

We will provide a copy of this permit to registrants closer to the event, and will also have some copies available at the registration desk.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at

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