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Hybrid Threats and Hybrid Warfare: Security and Asymmetric Conflict in the Grey Zone

By uniting the knowledge of both practitioners and scholars, the aim is to identify the existing tools for countering hybrid warfare and asymmetric threats, as well as experiences from a wide set of empirical contexts. Mirroring this, the project is a cross-sector collaboration between the Department of Military Studies and the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) at the Swedish Defence University.

The international security environment has in recent years evolved into a volatile and increasingly grey area of war and peace. Security challenges arising from hybrid warfare and asymmetric threats are today high on security agendas across the globe. However, despite the attention, and a growing body of studies on specific issues, there is an imminent need for research bringing attention to how these challenges can be addressed.

This volume supports the development of such a comprehensive approach. By uniting the knowledge of both practitioners and scholars, the aim is to identify the existing tools for countering hybrid warfare and asymmetric threats, as well as experiences from a wide set of empirical contexts. Mirroring this, the project is a cross-sector collaboration between the Department of Military Studies and the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) at the Swedish Defence University.

The volume contains three parts: 1) the view of practitioners; 2) the tools and means used in conducting and countering hybrid warfare; and 3) cases demonstrating the employment of these tools. The volume starts with an introduction, outlining the purpose of the volume and providing a theoretical framework. The following section outlines the practitioners’ view on the subject, including perspectives on NATO, the EU, the US, multilateral intelligence cooperation, and the internet. The second section contains a number of chapters outlining the tools and means for conducting and countering hybrid warfare. It includes two chapters taking stock of Russia’s and China’s hybrid warfare capabilities, followed by two chapters on the role of the armed forces and intelligence and influence operations. The third section consists of case studies. These draw on the themes identified in the tools and means section, addressing how they have been used and countered in practice. Here we focus on five case studies – the US, China’s political warfare in Taiwan, the Baltics, Ukraine, Iran, and Catalonia. The final chapter summarises the conclusions of the volume.

As the book addresses an important topic for academia, practitioners and society as a whole we have secured funding for open access publication of the whole volume. Thus, the volume can be distributed freely in whole or in part, which allows for its use in courses and as reference material also when it is not viable to buy the printed book.

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Publicerad 2020-12-17 Uppdaterad 2021-04-16
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