USF-USSOCOM Forum on Russian, European and US Security (REUSS)

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Launched in 2020, the Forum on Russian, European and US Security (REUSS Forum) is a collaboration between the Institute for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (IREES) and the J3-International Division at US Special Operations Command in Tampa.

The J3-International Division hosts Special Operations representatives from 26 nations. Its mission is to enhance interoperability, strengthen alliances, and advance partnerships across the global Special Operations Forces enterprise consistent with the US National Defense Strategy and USSOCOM Commander priorities.

The REUSS Forum brings together an international group of academic and military professionals for a transatlantic conversation on timely and critical issues in global security. J3-International Division representatives from various countries (including Finland, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Chile, Lithuania, and Latvia) have shared their knowledge and expertise with students on a range of security issues that are relevant to their countries. 

In partnership with IREES, representatives from the J3-International Division have also collaborated on events that have brought prominent European experts in global security to the USF campus. Guests have included Lithuania's Vice Minister of Defense, an officer in the Finnish Defense Forces, and the former Polish Defense Attaché in Egypt. 


Panel Discussion on "Small States' Perspectives on AI and Global Security" featuring experts from Sweden and Finland

In partnership with USF's Global and National Security Institute (GNSI), IREES sponsored the following panel discussion, which is part of the March 5-7 GNSI Tampa Summit.

Location: Royal Palm Ballroom of the Marshall Student Center on the USF Tampa campus

** This panel was followed by a breakout session, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm, on “Europe, Russia and AI-Enabled Security Threats.”


Joel Brynielsson, Research Director at the Swedish Defense Research Agency and Associate Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. 

Peter Bovet Emanuel, Researcher at the Swedish Defense University’s Centre for Special Operations Research. 

Juha Kukkola, Officer in the Finnish Defense Forces and expert in strategic, cyber and Russian studies.

Vilma Luoma-aho, Professor of Corporate Communication and Vice Dean at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.


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If you missed any of the offered sessions during the spring 2022 REUSS Forum, you can watch the video recordings below.

SESSION 1 "Russia and NATO"


SESSION 2: "Russia's Strategic Landscape"


The theme of the Fall 2021 REUSS Forum was "Rethinking the Instruments of War." If you missed any of the offered sessions, you can watch the video recordings below.

SESSION 1: "The Kremlin's Toolkit: From Military Excercises to Influence Operations"

SESSION 2: "Russia and the Weaponization of Energy"


The theme of the Spring 2021 REUSS Forum was Russian disinformation. If you missed any of the offered sessions, you can watch the video recordings below.

SESSION 1: "The History and Challenge of Russian Disinformation"

SESSION 2: "Social Media and the Russian Disinformation Ecosystem"

SESSION 3: "Strategies for Combatting Disinformation"

SESSION 4: "Comparing Russian and Chinese Influence Campaigns"