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Războiul hibrid. Noua formă de conflict a începutului de secol
Hybrid Warfare – The New Form of Conflict at the Beginning of the Century

Author(s): Răzvan Munteanu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: ”Carol I” National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: hybrid warfare; asymmetric threats; security; proxy war; strategic thinking; crisis; non-state actors; international relations; geopolitics

Summary/Abstract: The recent events in Ukraine have driven the term “hybrid warfare” out of the bailiwick of specialists and into the public discourse. For the first time, it lies at the boundaries of Europe and NATO, risking to export insecurity in the above mentioned areas, therefore this article intends to identify its fundamental characteristics. Technological revolutions led to the transformation of warfare, giving it new dimensions, especially that the boundary between military and civil areas sometimes tends to be more and more uncertain. Therefore, in expert analyses, hybrid warfare is used in the same time with the term “conflict”, as in the present case. The use by state or non-state actors of conventional or non-conventional means of combat and also of political, economical, social, humanitarian, diplomatic and informational measures, alongside with the involvement of the local population, are featured as some of the defining elements of hybrid warfare.

  • Issue Year: 56/2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 19-27
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Romanian