Shades of Gray Deterrence: Issues of Fighting in the Gray Zone

Journal of Strategic Security, 10, no. 3 (2017): 1-26.

28 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2017 Last revised: 16 Jun 2018

Jahara Matisek

Northwestern University, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, Students

Date Written: August 14, 2017

Abstract

This article addresses the concept of ‘gray wars’ as it relates to contemporary conflicts and the limits of American conventional deterrence and compellence. It more clearly defines the concept of gray wars for the current era and contrasts Cold War versus post-Cold War gray zone conflicts exposing the limits of current approaches. Finally, the article advocates for a new concept – “gray deterrence” – identifying strategies that can be used by the US to confront ‘gray’ actors in a way that adheres to international laws and norms, but seeks to shape and influence the cost-benefit analysis of ‘gray’ actor behavior.

Keywords: terrorism, gray zone conflict, war, political warfare, deterrence, non-state actors

Suggested Citation

Matisek, Jahara, Shades of Gray Deterrence: Issues of Fighting in the Gray Zone (August 14, 2017). Journal of Strategic Security, 10, no. 3 (2017): 1-26.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903683 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903683

Jahara Matisek (Contact Author)

Northwestern University, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, Students ( email )

601 University Place (Scott Hall)
Evanston, IL 60201
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.polisci.northwestern.edu/people/graduate-students/profiles/jahara-matiesk.html

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