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Escalation, Emulation, and the Failure of Hybrid Warfare in Afghanistan
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
2017 (English)In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, ISSN 1057-610X, E-ISSN 1521-0731, Vol. 40, no 10, p. 838-856Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I argue that hybridization is a contingent result of the dynamics of some conflicts but not others. In particular, faced with opponents with great power, weaker powers seek a situation of asymmetry to gain victory. Drawing on within-case analysis of the conduct of war during the past thirty years in Afghanistan, I demonstrate that what we now consider to be "hybrid" represents an important continuity and strategic option in Afghan warfare. Still, the analysis also demonstrates that choosing "hybrid" has not been a strategy that has worked. Hezb-i-Islami's rather limited attempt for conventionalization of the war against the forces of Dostum and Massoud in 1992 failed and the Taliban's more far-reaching attempt for conventionalization has so far also failed to reap strategic success. This suggests that the threat of hybrid war is inflated.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 40, no 10, p. 838-856
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7200DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2016.1248665ISI: 000416572900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-7200DiVA: diva2:1172877
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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