Making Sense of Hybrid Warfare

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 15, Issue 2, p.73-87 (2016)


European Security., NATO, Russian Federation, strategy, Warfare


The term hybrid warfare has been widely analyzed by scholars, policymakers and commentators since Russia occupied Crimea in March 2014. The topic has ceased to be a subject only studied by military strate-gists, but has entered the wider policy domain as a significant security challenge for the West. This article seeks to place the debate about hybrid warfare in a broader analytical and historical context and summarizes discussion to date on this and related strategic concepts. The Russian approach to hybrid warfare as demonstrated by operations in Ukraine is a particular focus for discussion.