16th November, 2018

Vilnius Town Hall (Didzioji st. 31, Vilnius)

About the conference

Continuing the tradition and carrying out one of its main tasks – educating the society on the issues of state defence and national security, the Lithuanian Riflemen Union organizes the fifth international conference “Total defence – is it still relevant?”. During the conference, the well-known public figures, representatives of the military will speak about the country's security and defense issues, members of the academic community and foreign experts will share their insights as well.

The conference is dedicated to the all Lithuanian society. Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, became the patron of conference, as she was in 2014, 2015 and 2017.


Conference Opening
Welcome Remarks by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė
Vytautas Bakas
Chairman of the Committee of National Security and Defense, Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania
Commander of Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union
Vilnius University
Part I
Geopolitical security situation, challenges
Geopolitical security situation, challenges
General (ret.), German Armed forces
Part II
Regional security aspects and challenges
Comprehensive Security - about the foreign, security and defence policy of Finland
The Ambassador of Finland to Lithuania, Embasy of Finland
Deterrence as Signal
Vice-Minister of National Defence, Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania
Experience of Ukrainian NGO's in countering RU disinformation
Deputy Director of the Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group of Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Ukraine Crisis Media Center
Coffee/lunch break
Part III
Lithuania case. Threats and challenges
Lithuanian way of defence
Associate professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political science, Vilnius University
Universal conscription as a part of global defense: Singapore and Israel experiences for Lithuania
Department of Political Science Phd student, The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
Part IV
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS: Total defence in Lithuania. Legal, Moral and Military challenges
President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania, The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania
Advisor to the Prime Minister, Government of the Republic of Lithuania
Defence and Security analyst
Commander of Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union
The end


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Previous conferences

2017 LRU conference "Society - the Guarantee of National Security?"

On the 17th of November 2017, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union organized an international conference "Society - the Guarantee of National Security?" which took place in Vilnius. The famous public figures and representatives of the military spoke about the country's security and defense, members of the academic community and various representatives of the institutions from Israel, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine shared their own insights about the role of the society and various organizations in enhancing civil resistance. The main report was read by Major General Eyal Eisenberg, former general in the Israel Defense Forces. He was responsible for defense, security, emergency readiness and intervention on a national level, as well as led for the special forces, the various brigades and soldiers.

A well-known expert on security and foreign policy issues, critic of Vladimir Putin, an Estonian diplomat, former intelligence chief, entrepreneur and politician Eerik – Niiles Kross shared his insights about the security and its assurance capabilities of Europe and the Baltic States.

Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences of Vilnius University Ainė Ramonaitė, for the first time presented a research "Civic Resistance Opportunities and Assumptions in Lithuania", held by the Baltic advanced technology institute. She told about where the civilian power of Lithuania are and how to increase it, also who and why would defend the homeland, how much our defensive powers diminished Russian propaganda and what values and skills needed for civil resistance.

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2015 LRU conference "Security situation in the Baltic region: threats and responses"

On the 20th of November 2015, LRU organized the second international conference "Security Situation in the Baltic region: Threats and Responses". The keynote speaker for the conference was one of the most famous US war analysts and President of the Jamestown Foundation, Glen Howard. Lithuanian and foreign diplomats, politicians, military officers and the members of non-governmental organizations discussed the threats and the preparations to overcome those threats.

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2014 LRU conference „Civil defense in a hybrid war“

The first international conference "Civil Defense in the Hybrid War", organized by the LRU, took place in Vilnius on 21st of November, 2014. The key note speaker at the conference was “The Economist” editor, author of books about Russia, Edward Lucas.

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