Europe's Hybrid Threats: What Kinds of Power Does the EU Need in the 21st Century?

Hybrid threats posed by various combinations of state and non-state actors have presented considerable transnational challenges to EU-members and NATO-allies. This ongoing rise of hybrid threats, ranging from political instability in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to the resulting mass refugee influx and terrorism in the European neighborhood, stress the need to timely discuss important questions about hybrid threats and the venues for effective Euro-Atlantic cooperation, including post-Brexit policy implications. This edited volume presents comprehensive analyses from various experts on these interrelated issues, and, thus, represents an essential source for scholars and practitioners of European politics and international relations with an interest in contemporary transnational security issues. In addition, this book will be useful as up-to-date coursework material for courses on European security and foreign policy, international security and strategic studies, unconventional warfare, and transatlantic relations.


Dr Giray Sadık is Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey. He was previously a Swedish Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS) at Malmö University, Sweden, and is the Vice-President of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society of International Political Science Association. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Georgia, USA, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics.

"In examining the issues involved from the perspective of the generation of hybrid threats the approach of all of the essays taken together throws important dimensions of the issues into a relief which can inform policy-makers. The very existence of threats suggests the necessity for preparation and for advanced strategic analysis. The essays should provide an agenda both for academic research and for policy-makers to request advice as to how best to meet the multi-dimensioned hybrid threats, not only to Europe’s security, but also to a deeper analysis of its internal and external social, economic, and political development."

Dr Michael Lloyd Senior Research Fellow, Global Policy Institute

"The European Union is today experiencing an ‘existential crisis’ and is under more severe cross-pressure than perhaps ever before in its history. Challenges emanate from a variety of sources, be they from anti-democratic and illiberal forces, triumphant populism, economic downturn, Brexit, resurgent Russia or migration pressure. This very timely volume brings together a number of qualified scholars from different disciplines, all astutely making use of the concept of ‘hybrid threats’ to analyze and shed light on the harsh political realities that the EU is trying to live through today."

Professor Bo Petersson Director of Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research Platform, Malmö University, Sweden

"While the EU and NATO are still struggling to understand what hybrid threats really are, and how they can be effectively tackled, this volume could not be more timely."

Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop Director of Europe in the World programme, Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations; Professor, Ghent Institute for International Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

Zeynep Arkan-Tuncel

Filiz Coban

Helene Cristini

Maria Raquel Freire

Claudio Lanza

Kivanc Ulusoy

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ISBN: 1-4438-8179-1

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-8179-1

Release Date: 27th April 2017

Pages: 135

Price: £58.99

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