What Finland Can Teach the West About Countering Russia’s Hybrid Threats

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto answer questions during a news conference, Savonlinna, Finland, July 27, 2017 (Sputnik photo by Mikhail Klimentyev via AP).
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto answer questions during a news conference, Savonlinna, Finland, July 27, 2017 (Sputnik photo by Mikhail Klimentyev via AP).

HELSINKI, Finland—Tucked away in an unassuming office building near Helsinki’s waterfront, a group of around 10 academics and government officials—most of them Finns—spend long days and nights tracking disinformation and influence operations emanating from neighboring Russia. They make up a newly formed research and strategy unit tasked with lifting the veil on a range of security threats that blend conventional and unconventional tactics. The European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, known as the Hybrid CoE, was founded last year in Helsinki by a dozen member states of the European Union and NATO. It defines hybrid threats as the […]

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