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What Works: Countering Gray Zone Tactics

  • 2nd FLOOR CONFERENCE CENTER CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 1616 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

What Works: Countering Gray Zone Tactics



Lessons from History

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



Mr. David Cohen

WilmerHale; and Former Deputy Director
Central Intelligence Agency; and Former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
U.S. Department of the Treasury


Ms. Kelly Magsamen

Vice President, National Security and International Policy
Center for American Progress; and Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs
U.S. Department of Defense


Mr. Michael Singh

Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and Managing Director
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Mr. Jamie Fly

Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Geopolitics and Asian Programs
The German Marshall Fund of the United States; and
Former Foreign and National Security Affairs Advisor
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)


 Moderated by


Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks

Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; and Director, International Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies


Planning for Future Gray Zone Threats

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



Ambassador Philip T. Reeker

Civilian Deputy to the Commander
U.S. European Command


Mr. Daniel Kimmage

Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator, Global Engagement Center
U.S. Department of State


Dr. Hanna Smith

Director of Strategic Planning and Responses
European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Mr. Michael Tatham

Deputy Head of Mission to the United States
British Embassy, Washington


 Moderated by


Ms. Heather A. Conley

Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

As state and non-state adversaries continue to utilize unconventional tools to influence and coerce Western democracies, the United States and its partners must develop effective, integrated approaches to identify and counter these gray zone activities. This half-day conference will examine historical examples of both successful and unsuccessful attempts by the West to counter malicious activity in the gray zone and, by looking at today's current challenges from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, discuss how the West can adapt going forward.

This event is made possible by support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.