From weapons of the weak to war by different means
“In this master thesis research, conducted at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA), the development of hybrid warfare, or the monikers used before that to describe similar activity, have been analyzed and put in chronological order and geographic origin. The research covers the past 100 years (starting from World War I) and looks at the developments of hybrid warfare by Non-State Actors and State actors: Russia, China and the Western States (predominately the United States). Using outcome process tracing, the research identifies the work key actors (Auctor Intellectualis) and historic events that led to military thought and practice, and how these relate to one another. The thesis calls for the call things by their name to prevent blurring of the academic debate and proposes one possible way to relate the various concepts and monikers vis-à-vis one another. The thesis also tackles the question whether hybrid warfare is something new or not (the author believes it is not), and examines why some contemporary authors think of hybrid warfare as something ‘new’”.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen