The Current Crisis in the Persian Gulf in the Context of Hybrid Warfare
Australian Defence Force Journal, Issue No 204,2018
8 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 19, 2018
The Middle East, or New Middle East as it also has become known after the Arab Spring of 2011, is going through seminal geographical and political changes and challenges. In the end, the Arab Spring did not lead to the advent of an Arab renaissance of democracy and good governance but only to increased regional instability. The latter has been highlighted by the rise of Islamic State (IS), firstly in Syria and Iraq, and then Libya, where it managed to exploit the vacuum left after Qaddafi. This short contribution discusses the present crisis within the context of security and conflict-related observations from the region, being played out through hybrid warfare, concluding with a brief synopsis of Qatar’s potential countermeasures.
Keywords: Gulf Crisis, Countermeasures, Hybrid War, Information Ops, Law fare, Regional Security
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