Prof. Akrap
© Gordan Akrap

Prof. Dr. Gordan Akrap

Associate Fellow


Address: IIHS, Ulica Nikole Tesle 10, 10000 Zagreb
Twitter: Zagreb Security Forum


Gordan Akrap is a lecturer at several universities in Croatia and abroad. The studies and subjects he teaches are closely related to hybrid, modern and emerging security challenges, national and international security, intelligence, international relations. He graduated at Zagreb Faculty of electronics and computing in 1994. In 2011 he received a PhD at the University of Zagreb, in the field of Information and Communication sciences. The title of his PhD was "Informational strategies and operations in public knowledge shaping". During his career in diplomatic and intelligence structures of Croatia he completed a number of professional courses, including Diplomatic Academy. He is active in research of national and regional security, intelligence, and history of Homeland War. He works as part of the international NATO SAS 161 project "Military Aspects of Countering Hybrid War: Experience, Lessons, Best Practices". Akrap published several books, and papers in journals and proceedings. He is editor-in-chief of the National Security and the Future journal. He is founder and president of the Hybrid Warfare Research Institute and the Zagreb Security Forum. Furthermore Gordan Akrap is a member (second term) of the Council for Civilian Oversight of Security and intelligence Agencies in Croatia, elected by huge majority in Croatian Parliament. Also he is a member of the board of International Intelligence History Association.

Research Interests

Intelligence | Security Studies | Geopolitics

Selected Publications

  • Akrap, G.: Hibridne prijetnje i izazovi - Operacije utjecaja i moderno-sigurnosno okružje [Hybrid Threats and Challenges – Influence Operations and Modern Security Environment]. Zagreb: Hrvatska sveučilišna naklada ; Sveučilište u Mostaru, 2023 (monografija)

  • Akrap, G.: Kardinal Stepinac u dokumentima Gestapa i OZN-e  [Cardinal Stepinac in documents of GESTAPO and OZN-a]. Zagreb: Udruga sv. Jurja ; Glas Koncila ; Laser Plus, 2016 (monografija)

  • Akrap, G.: Disinformation, Propaganda and Fake News in Croatia. // Blurring the Truth - Disinformation in Southeast Europe / Nehring, Christopher ; Sittig, Hendrik (eds.).
    Sophia, Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Programme Southeast Europe, 2023. p. 95-113

  • Akrap, G.; Matošić, V.; Domović, R.: Extremism as a threat to democratic societies: the role of the media and online social networks in spreading violent ideologies - the case of Croatia // Right Wing Extremism: South-East Europe in Focus / Bozhilov, Yordan (ed.). Sofia: Sofia Security Forum, 2022. p. 93-112

  • Akrap, G.: Yugoslavia, Carlos “the Jackal” and International Terrorism During the Cold War. // Terrorism in the Cold War - State Support in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Sphere of Influence / Hänni, Adrian ; Riegler, Thomas ; Gasztold, Przemyslaw (eds.).
    London : Delhi: I.B. Tauris, 2020. p. 167-184

  • Akrap, G. and Tuđman, M.: Construction and Deconstruction of the Croatian Intelligence Community (1990-2014). // The Handbook of European Intelligence Cultures / De Graaff, Bob ; Nyce, James M. ; Locke, Chelsea (eds.). Landham (MD) : New York (NY): Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. p. 69-80

  • Akrap, G.; Mandić, I.; Rosanda Žigo, I.: Information Supremacy, Strategic Intelligence, and Russian Aggression against Ukraine in 2022.  // International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 35 (2022), doi:10.1080/08850607.2022.2117577

  • Akrap, G. and Bulhak, W: Agent of Influence and Disinformation: Five lives of Ante Jerkov.  // International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, (2022), doi:10.1080/08850607.2021.2005997

  • Akrap, G. and Semenienko, V.: Hybrid warfare case studies - Croatia and Ukraine.  // National security and the future, 21 (2020), 1-2;  9-22 doi:10.37458/nstf.21.1-2.1

  • Akrap, G. and Mandić, I.: Why Security Science.  // Security Science Journal, 1 (2020), 2; doi:10.37458/ssj.1.2.2

All publications can be found here

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