Applying Machiavellian Discourses to Russian Hybrid Warfare

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This thesis aims to analyze the underlying necessitates related to the implementation of the hybrid warfare concept by the Russian Federation within the conceptual framework of Machiavellian political philosophy that prerequisites well-being of the state above all the idealist considerations, thereby requiring the statesman to adapt to whatever changing circumstances necessitate. This thesis claims that certain political and military events that the Russian Federation has witnessed in the near history, such as the Chechen Wars, the Color Revolutions and the Arab Spring movements, together with the historical predisposition of Russian society to hybridity aspects, have led it to update its military thinking towards a hybrid nature of warfare and conceptualize a distinctive hybrid warfare concept against its competitors. Within this scope, Russian understanding of modern warfare, especially as of the Crimean intervention in 2014, has evolved into a hybrid structure that incorporates political, military, cultural, technological and religious elements.


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Citation Formats
F. Yaman, “Applying Machiavellian Discourses to Russian Hybrid Warfare,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2022.