(IISS) Following Moscow's invasion of Crimea and support for the insurgency in eastern Ukraine, the concept of 'hybrid war' has emerged as a catch-all description for the new Russian threat to European security. The concept itself – a blending of conventional and non-traditional tactics to achieve political-military objectives – is not novel. But its prominence in Western analysis of Russia's actions over the past two years surpasses all previous usage. In this same period, Russian military strategists have also written extensively on hybrid warfare. The assumptions underlying both perspectives are equally misguided.
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