The main strategic goal of the Russian Federation in the international security environment is to impose its own vision of order. The tool for achieving the stated goal is the use of various instruments of influence and the creation of threats. Moscow has at its disposal a wide range of instruments of influence which make it possible to achieve its strategic goals without openly engaging the armed forces. In the activities undertaken, the boundaries between civilian and military action are deliberately blurred.
The 4th International Scientific Conference ONLINE „Euro-Atlantic security and the politics of the Russian Federation”.
An assessment of theory and practice allows us to conclude that since 2014 the Russian Federation has been using armed forces differently than before, integrating them with other instruments of influence through the use of hybrid warfare. Russian hybrid warfare is a synthesis of solutions known from the past of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, its innovative character should be attributed primarily to the use of modern means of technology, which contributes to the growing importance of information warfare, special forces and so-called non-contact warfare.
The diverse nature of hybrid threats results from the fact that they are a consequence of mutually interacting processes and phenomena of kinetic and non-kinetic character. In the conducted competition, the proportions in the use of hard (military) and soft (non-military) instruments of influence and created threats to international security are changing. New opportunities for the pursuit of one’s own strategic goals are offered by the use of non-kinetic instruments, which materialise, inter alia, in influencing the democratic processes of states near and far abroad, undermining trust in state institutions, launching attacks in cyberspace, undertaking disinformation activities, applying economic coercion, as well as paramilitary activities and camouflaged indirect actions, which create measurable threats to international security. This does not mean that military force is not used, but direct military confrontation is avoided.
The complexity of the international situation and the constantly decreasing level of security caused by the policy pursued by Vladimir Putin expressed, inter alia, in the conduct of the so-called 'grey zone’ warfare, induces states to take action aimed at building international security resistance to hybrid threats created by the Russian Federation.
The purpose of conferences organised periodically is to discuss and exchange experiences among academics and practitioners of security and crisis management regarding threats to security and actions taken to ensure it. The idea of this year’s conference is to devote special attention to the problem of consequences of threats created by the Russian Federation for the security understood in the categories of object, subject, space, process, organisational and institutional.
Conference topic: Building resilience against threats.
a. In cyberspace.
b. Related to disinformation.
c. Related to propaganda.
d. To threats in social media.
e. Related to information warfare.
a. In the kinetic sphere.
b. In the non-kinetic sphere.
c. In the sphere of command.
d. In the field of strategic deterrence.
e. In the area of A2 / AD.
f. Unmanned vehicles.
3. For threats to critical infrastructure:
a. In the personal sphere.
b. To physical threats.
c. To threats in cyberspace.
4. The economic threats in the sphere of energy security.
5. For political threats.
6. To social threats.
7. In the sphere of disintegration with NATO and the EU.
8. For hybrid threats.
9. On threats in the sphere of new technologies.
10. To threats with hypersonic weapons.
11. The war of the Russian Federation with Ukraine in 2022.