Book Launch: The Changing Face of Warfare in the 21st Century

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla Torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
  • Lecturer: Professor Iulian Chifu has been President of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Centre Bucharest since 2014. Iulian Chifu is specialised in Conflict Analysis, Crisis Decision-making and Post/Conflict Reconstruction, teaching at the Department of International Relations and European Integration SNSPA, Bucharest (Romania) since 2000. Since 2005, Chifu has been Associate Professor at the National Defence College, Bucharest. Associate Professor Greg Simons currently has a number of institutional affiliations as a researcher at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University, and a lecturer based at the Department of Communication Science at Turiba University (Riga, Latvia). His primary research interests include: communicational aspects of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate); Russian public diplomacy and notions of soft power; crisis communication; the relationships between politics, information and communication within the context of armed conflict.
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
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The book presented discusses salient trends demonstrated by contemporary warfare of these first years of the 21st century.

This study discusses salient trends demonstrated by contemporary warfare of these first years of the 21st century. The authors reinforce previous notions of Fourth Generation Warfare, but most importantly explore the workings of new components and how these have modified the theory and practice of warfare beyond the basic divisions of conventional and unconventional warfare as witnessed in the preceding century. Throughout history there has been a close interaction between politics, communication and armed conflict and a main line of investigation of this book is to track changes that are presumed to have occurred in the way and manner in which armed conflicts are waged.

Using cogent examples drawn variously from conflicts of the Arab Spring, the Islamic State and Russian adventurism in South Ossetia, Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, the authors demonstrate the application of Information Warfare, the practice of Hybrid Warfare, and offensive use of diplomacy, communications, economics and international law to obtain political and military advantages against the status quo states of the international community.

The authors combine a theoretical framework with concrete empirical examples in order to create a better understanding and comprehension of the current events and processes that shape the character of contemporary armed conflicts and how they are informed and perceived in a highly mediatised and politicised world.