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.
FRIDAY 30.9.2022 - Enter HSF : Northern European Security Redone
|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
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
|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
|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|
Head of Strategic Partnerships at FIIA,
Head of the HSF Secretariat
HSF Conference Coordinator