Perspectives on Insurgency and Hybrid Warfare

Course Code :2200FSWIAR
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Jakub Eberle
Jorg Kustermans

3. Course contents *

Insurgency and hybrid warfare are among the most common terms used when we discuss international security. Almost every day, we hear these terms from politicians, experts and ordinary people alike. While referring to developments in the 'real world', such as uprisings and violent campaigns by revolutionary actors in the Middle East or Russia's subversive actions in Europe, they are also tools that help us understand the world in a particular way. This course will examine insurgency and hybrid warfare with particular attention to the relationship between what is going on in the world and how the words we use to describe it influence our understanding and, ultimately, political actions. 

The key topics covered will include: 

  • Defining war: What it is and why it matters
  • Insurgency in theory and history: Concepts and cases
  • Global insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN) 
  • Guest lecture: Hezbollah and the limits of conventional definitions
  • Hybrid warfare in the West: The emergence of a concept
  • Gibridnaya Voyna: Russian theory of hybrid warfare
  • What's wrong with "hybrid warfare"?
  • Guest lecture: NATO and hybrid warfare
  • Dealing with "fake news": different approaches 
  • Resilience: solving the problem, or making it worse?