Russia Finds a New Way to Wage an Age-Old War

Aug 7, 2017 | 09:15 GMT

As the costs of conventional conflict have risen, so, too, has hybrid warfare's prominence as a tool in international relations.

Though the manner and intensity with which Russia uses hybrid warfare has evolved over the years, its motives have not.


Editor's Note

As tension between Russia and the West has mounted in recent years, Moscow has increasingly turned to hybrid warfare to gain and hold ground in their contest for power and clout. This is the first installment of a five-part series exploring the geopolitical context, targets and tools of that strategy, as well as the steps Russia's adversaries are taking to counter it.

War isn't what it used to be. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in Russia's ongoing struggle with the West for influence, which now seems to take place in the shadows as often as it does in plain view. With the dawn of the digital age, conflicts between great powers have spread from battlespace to cyberspace, something the Kremlin has embraced with open arms by honing its capabilities in hybrid warfare....

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