Czernin Security Forum



The Czernin Security Forum was established at the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia and its aim is to address pertinent international political issues of the day while also providing for their deeper reflection by recognised experts and policy-makers. The topic of this year’s Forum will be “Invisible Threats to Global and European Security: Actors, Targets and Responses” and it will take place online on the 23rd of October 2020. The event will engage senior representatives of governmental, non-profit and academic institutions, which makes the Czernin Security Forum a unique place to discuss contemporary security.

A variety of security challenges occupy the gray zone between war and peace. Many of them are borderless, hardly intelligible and barely visible using traditional frames of reference. These threats and challenges range from now already more familiar ones such as terrorism, political propaganda and insecurity over natural resources to more recent issues like adverse security impacts of climate change and social vulnerability to pandemics as shown by the advent of a silent threat of COVID-19. The power of national governments will rarely suffice to deal with these threats and to deliver public security without solving a collective action problem.

Thus, a proper understanding of the causes and consequences of these threats is necessary to foster better policy responses and international cooperation. Many issues need to be addressed in order to achieve that. What capacity do the state actors have to counter nonstate malicious actors or adverse global phenomena, and what kind of new partnerships and support networks can they benefit from? How to effectively deploy the state power to deter, contain and brace against borderless security threats? How do law enforcement agencies deal with threats below the conventional level, and how can their responses be improved? Are international institutions, providing fundamental support not only to smaller states such as the Czech Republic, prepared to deal with invisible threats and black swan (but also grey rhino) events, and how can their capacities to do so be enhanced? All these questions will foster the discussions of the Czernin Security Forum 2020.



  • Success and Failure in Detecting Invisible Threats

  • Whose security? Divisions in Europe on Threats and Security Responses

  • Expert Workshop: Trust in National and International Institutions

  • The Post-Pandemic World Order and Security Dilemmas: Freedom vs Security

  • The Next Borderless Malicious Strategies. Are We Ready?


You can find more about the program here.



Rafal Rohozinski - Co-founder and principal of the SecDev Group

Tinatin Khidasheli - Chairperson of Civic IDEA, Georgia

Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv- Professor at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Sarah Bressan - Researcher at Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin

Žiga Turk - Professor at the University of Ljubljana

Daniel Hegedüs - Research fellow at the German Marshall Fund

Susi Dennison - Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Valery Perry - Senior Associate at the Democratization Policy Council (DPC)

Vesna Pusić - co-founder of the Civil Liberal Alliance in Croatia


Mateja Peter - Director, Centre for Global Law and Governance, University of St Andrews

Christopher Coker - Director of LSE Ideas, London

Cameran Ashraf - Assistant professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University

Nicolas Stockhammer - Researcher on security and terrorism, University of Vienna

Christina Schori-Liang - Head of Terrorism and PVE, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Jessica White - Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group








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