Brings together decision-makers and experts to address pressing topics of international security.

The world and its security order as we have known it is in flux. Helsinki Security Forum brings together decision-makers and experts of the international security policy community to discuss the pressing security issues of our time.

Our mission

Helsinki Security Forum (HSF) is a high-level, invitation-based event, bringing together approximately 100 decision-makers, experts, and influencers relevant to international security and to the changing theme of each year.

HSF contributes to a global network of security conferences, while upholding its unique Helsinkian identity as an intersection of the Baltic Sea, Europe, and the Arctic region.

HSF contributes to society through making its main panel discussions available to the wider interested public. It brings together officials and decision-makers to discuss the pressing security issues of our time in a confidential setting.

HSF offers a venue for discussions between professionals working toward building a more secure and sustainable world.

Keir Giles, Stanislav Secrieru, Sinikukka Saari and Henry Foy pictured sitting and talking on stage at the Helsinki Security Forum 2023.

Our focus

Helsinki Security Forum builds its programme around an annual theme pertinent to the current international security situation. In 2023, Helsinki Security Forum will explore the theme of Deter, Defend and Secure – Europe in the Era of Radical Uncertainty.

The war in Ukraine has changed Europe forever.

In 2023, war continues to ravage Ukraine, with repercussions for global security. Europe has been moved to a new era of radical uncertainty, one in which we need to address the question of how Europe should be defended and secured.

Thinking about future security architectures, needed military capabilities, and cooperation to address geopolitical changes has never been more important.

Helsinki Security Forum brings together leaders and foreign policy experts to discuss the global implications of current international security issues, resilience, and defense capabilities from the perspective of the European north.


Kukka-Maria Kovsky

Head of Strategic Partnerships at FIIA,
Head of the HSF Secretariat

Anni Lindgren

HSF Conference Coordinator