Thursday, December 5

Pre-conference Book Talk — The Lands in Between: Russia vs the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War by Mitchell A. Orenstein
moderated by Claire FInkelstein

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Penn Law - Fitts Auditorium
3501 Sansom Street - Lower Level

Reception to follow


Friday, December 6 

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Welcoming Remarks by Claire Finkelstein, Mitt Regan and Aurel Sari

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Session 1: Conceptual Foundations

Moderator: Claire Finkelstein

The Grey Zone and Hybrid Conflict: A Conceptual Introduction
Christopher Marsh

We Have Met the Grey Zone and It is Us
Duncan MacIntosh

The Divide between War and Peace
Tobias Vestner

11:00 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Session 2: Making Sense of the Grey Zone

Moderator: Michael Adams

The Grey Zone: An Analytic Framework for Military Overt, Covert, and Paramilitary Lines of Effort
Maegen Nix & Welton Chang

Measured Self-Help in the Disinformation Age
Steven J. Barela & Samuli Haataja

Non-Intervention 2020
Ido Kilovaty

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch - The White Dog Café – The Living Room.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Session 3: Tactics in the Grey Zone (1)

Moderator: Aurel Sari

Neuroscience and Technology in Grey Zone Operations
James Giordano

The Ethics of Acting Covertly
Mitt Regan

Lying in the Grey Zone
Steven Wheatley

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm


3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Session 4: Tactics in the Grey Zone (2)

Moderator: Todd Huntley

Economic Measures in the Grey Zone
Mitchell Orenstein

Orde Kittrie

Counter-Lawfare: The Israeli Experience
Marlene Mazel

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception (Levy Conference Center at Penn Law)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Participants’ Dinner and Keynote (Levy Conference Center at Penn Law)

Deak Roh, Director of Irregular Warfare
US Department of Defense

Saturday, December 7

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session 5: Domains

Moderator: Christopher Jacobs

Information Operations
Beba Cibralic

The Maritime Domain
David Letts

Hybrid Warfare in Outer Space
Melissa de Zwart & Dale Stephens 

10:30 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Session 6: Responses

Moderator: Mitt Regan

An Ethical Framework for Assessing Grey Zone Responses
Ed Barrett

Winning at the Seams
Michael A. Newton

Competing in the Legal Domain: Legal Operations
Borja Montes Toscano

Legal Resilience
Aurel Sari

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

Concluding remarks: Aurel Sari & Mitt Regan