National Interests: Priorities and Security

Discussion on confrontation and cooperation in the contemporary politics: From hybrid wars towards the hybrid world

Vol. 13, Iss. 5, MAY 2017

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Received: 16 January 2017

Received in revised form: 27 February 2017

Accepted: 10 April 2017

Available online: 29 May 2017


JEL Classification: Z18

Pages: 975-986

Kovalev A.A. North-West Institute of Management of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Importance The article examines the role of the hybrid war phenomenon in the existing geopolitical antagonism of States. I review the specifics of globalization and its role in undermining the stability of the global security system.
Objectives The research overviews and analyzes factors and aspects that engendered the phenomenon of hybrid wars in geopolitical relations. The analysis pursues providing the rationale for the hybrid world concept, which would rearrange and modernize the existing system of global security.
Methods The research draws upon proceedings of national and foreign scholars who study the problem of contemporary wars and the phenomenon of hybrid war. I applied methods of scientific, comparative and matching analysis, general methods of theoretical, empirical research and expert assessment.
Results The article illustrates the gist of hybrid war and proves that the phenomenon of hybrid war originated from the structural and institutional crisis of the global geopolitical system and global security system.
Conclusions and Relevance I justify my conclusion that it is necessary to formulate the concept of hybrid war as a political response to escalating challenges and threats in the global security system and international relations. The findings can be used to articulate the methodology and strategy for setting up the national security system.

Keywords: hybrid wars, hybrid world, geopolitical antagonism, information war, color revolution


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