Russian "Hybrid Warfare": Resurgence and Politicization

by Ofer Fridman

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During the last decade, 'Hybrid Warfare' has become a novel yet controversial term in academic, political and professional military lexicons, intended to suggest some sort of mix between different military and non-military means and methods of confrontation. Enthusiastic discussion of the notion has been undermined by conceptual vagueness and political manipulation, particularly since the onset of the Ukrainian Crisis in early 2014, as ideas about Hybrid Warfare engulf Russia and the West, especially in the media. Western defense and political specialists analyzing Russian responses to the crisis have been quick to confirm that Hybrid Warfare is the Kremlin's main strategy in the twenty-first century. But many respected Russian strategists and political observers contend that it is the West that has been waging Hybrid War, Gibridnaya Voyna, since the end of the Cold War. In this highly topical book, Ofer Fridman offers a clear delineation of the conceptual debates about Hybrid Warfare. What leads Russian experts to say that the West is conducting a Gibridnaya Voyna against Russia, and what do they mean by it? Why do Western observers claim that the Kremlin engages in Hybrid Warfare? And, beyond terminology, is this something genuinely new?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190934958
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,056,268
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ofer Fridman is Director of Operations at the King's Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) and a research fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College London.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENT INTRODUCTION PART 'THE RISE OF 'HYBRID WARFARE' Chapter 1: The Conceptual Foundations of 'Hybrid Warfare' Chapter 2: Chapter 2: The Birth of 'Hybrid Warfare' PART II: THE RISE OF GIBRIDNAYA VOYNA - THE RUSSIAN THEORY OF HYBRID WARFARE Chapter 3: Reading Evgeny Messner: The Theory of 'Subversion-War' (Myatezhevoyna) Chapter 4: Net-Centric and Information Wars: Modern Theories of Subversion Chapter 5: The Rise of Gibridnaya Voyna PART III: THE POLITICISATION OF HYBRID WAR AND GIBRIDNAYA VOYNA Chapter 6: 'The Russians Are Coming' - The Politicisation of Russian Hybrid Warfare Chapter 7: 'Gibridnaya Voyna Against Us Is Coming' -- The Politicisation of Western Gibridnaya Voyna CONCLUSIONS: THE RISE OF RUSSIAN 'HYBRID WAR': LESSONS FOR THE WEST P.S. -- A LESSON FOR RUSSIA REFERENCES INDEX

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