Helsinki Security forum 2022

War has returned to Europe.


Helsinki Security Forum brings together leaders, foreign policy experts and international media to discuss how this change affects Europe and what kind of role the European north has in this changing geopolitical environment.


The theme of 2022 - Northern European Security Redone.



Northern Security as we have known it is going through a transformation.

The Russian invasion in Ukraine has challenged the entire European security architecture in ways not seen since the end of the Second World War.

The world is now burdened by Russia’s aggressive actions which have exacerbated the relationship between the West and Russia. In this volatile situation, Finland and Sweden have chosen to apply for NATO membership.

As Russian aggression has intensified, Western countries have shown unprecedented unity in their response. The West now needs to seek ways to deter Russia from escalating the crisis and to adjust to the evolving geopolitical environment.

Nowhere else is this change more profound than in the European north – the eastern and northern flank bordering Russia.

In 2022, Helsinki Security Forum focused on the theme of Northern European Security Redone.

The main panels were livestreamed.

Omar El Mrabt

Image Source: Helsinki Partners
Photographer: Omar El Mrabt Image Source: Helsinki Partners


FRIDAY 30.9.2022 - Enter HSF : Northern European Security Redone

Time Session
15.45 - 17.45 Opening ceremony

Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA

Kai Sauer, Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Security policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Keynote address:

Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland

Opening panel:

Major War Returns to Europe 


Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary-General, NATO (virtual)

Pavlo Klimkin, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Antti Kaikkonen, Minister of Defence of Finland

Anna Wieslander, Director Northern Europe, Atlantic Council

Andrew Michta, Dean, College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies


Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Leading Researcher, FIIA



Saturday 1.10.2022 - A New Geostrategic Era: Security in the Long Haul

Time Session
09.00 - 10.30 New Geostrategic era in the North:

Replanning Northern Defence


Ine Eriksen Søreide, Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, Parliament of Norway

Jesper Møller Sorensen, State Secretary for Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Pekka Toveri, Former Director of Finnish Defence Intelligence

Kristi Raik, Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at ICDS

François Heisbourg, Senior Adviser for Europe, IISS; Special Adviser, FRS


Teri Schultz, Independent reporter

11.00 - 12.30 Zeitenwende – a Turning Point for European Defence?


Boris Ruge, Vice Chairman, Munich Security Conference

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow, Brookings

James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Estonia

Jessica Berlin, Visiting Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States


Shashank Joshi, The Economist

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
17.00 - 18.30 (Re)emerging Security Challenges of the North

In cooperation with the Arctic Centre


Marisol Maddox, Senior Arctic Analyst, Polar Institute of the Wilson Center

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Ruth Harris, Director Defence & Security RAND Europe


Tero Vauraste, Senior BD Adviser ICEYE Oy, Wilson Center Global Fellow

19.00 - 21.00 Dinner Reception
21.30 - 23.00 Night Owl Session: The Geoeconomics of Digital Connectivity

In cooperation with Nokia


Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of the European Parliament

Tommi Uitto, President, Nokia Mobile Networks

Mikko Hyppönen, CRO, WithSecure


Mikael Wigell, Research Director, FIIA


SUNDAY 2.10.2022 - At a Juncture: 21st Century European Security Architecture in the Making

Time Session
09.00 - 10.30 The Russian Challenge


Michael Kofman, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Naval Analyses (Russia Studies Program); Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C.

Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Arkady Moshes, Programme Director, FIIA

Katri Pynnöniemi, Mannerheim Chair on Russian Security Studies, University of Helsinki and Finnish National Defence University


Henry Foy, European Diplomatic Correspondent, Financial Times

11.00 - 12.30 21st Century European Security in Global Competition


Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner in charge of International Partnerships, European Commission


Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA

12.30 - 12.45 Closing remarks Live-streamed



Kukka-Maria Kovsky

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

ANNI Lindgren

HSF Conference Coordinator


Photography: Jussi Helsten

Image Source: Helsinki Partners
Photography: Jussi Helsten Image Source: Helsinki Partners