As a response to rapid changes and challenges in our security environment, the first Helsinki Security Forum will be organized in Helsinki on 30 September–2 October 2022, bringing the international community together at a crossroads for countering the pressing security issues of our time.
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. Thus, the theme of HSF 2022 will be Northern European Security Redone.
The 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 and spotlights issues of international security which are especially pertinent to Finland.
The HSF is organized by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Defence of Finland, and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, acts as the patron of the conference.
The event will include both roundtable discussions among participants as well as panels livestreamed to a broader online audience. Online registration for all is available here.
Head of Strategic Partnerships
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