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All krigföring är av hybrid natur
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
2016 (English)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 118, no 4, 623-641 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

All Warfare is Hybrid.

It has recently been argued that a new form of warfare – hybrid warfare – is fundamentally changing the way our enemies fight against us. This supposedly unprecedented form of warfare is characterized by the mixing of methods and ways of organization, as well as the blurring of the line between war and peace. This article argues that hybrid warfare is just the newest military buzzword around. While the concept highlights fundamental questions regarding war and democratic norms of civil-military relations, it provides no answers. Rather, it harks back to an imaginary past characterized by simpleness and clarity. A thorough reading of the extensive literature on modern warfare would show that the concept describes what has become the norm: all warfare is hybrid. As with other unclear concepts built on shaky foundations, it is difficult to see how hybrid warfare can contribute to better understanding or policymaking.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 118, no 4, 623-641 p.
Keyword [en]
Civil-Military Relations, Hybrid Warfare, Russia, Strategy, Sweden, War Studies
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6409DiVA: diva2:1058716
Available from: 2016-12-21 Created: 2016-12-21 Last updated: 2017-01-18Bibliographically approved

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