The Art of Achieving Political Goals without Use of Force: War by Non-Military Means

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 39, Issue 2 (2018)


defense, geopolitics, global security, hybrid war, international conflicts, non-military means


In modern times, the boundaries between war and peace are increasingly blurred. Over the past few years we can observe the appearance of new terms in the field of international relations – “hybrid war,” “hybrid conflicts” or “hybrid threats.” Despite the absence of a generally recognized definition of the concept, its characteristics are close to the definition of terrorism. Some security analysts indicate this type of conflict as a war, combining conventional methods with guerrilla, cyber and information warfare techniques (media and Internet) as well as with non-military actions, which are contrary to the international law and which aim to achieve specific policy goals.