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JERMALAVIČIUS Tomas - Terrorism and Hybrid Warfare (8h)

This compact seminar examines the phenomena of terrorism and hybrid warfare in their historical and contemporary perspectives. Although these are distinct approaches to politically motivated violence and warfare, terrorism and hybrid warfare overlap and can also be placed in the broader conceptual framework of insurgency. The course aims to understand the driving forces, character and dynamics of various forms of terrorism and hybrid warfare as well as ways in which contemporary societies and international organisations, particularly the EU, respond to them. First, the course investigates the overarching concept of insurgency and counter-insurgency as a framework of thinking about terrorism and hybrid warfare and critically examines the problem of definitions and typologies. In the second step, the course examines the strategic logic of terrorism and hybrid warfare with the emphasis on the political and societal aspects of such conflicts and the role which violence plays in them. Third, the course analyses how contemporary factors such as economic globalisation, political integration, information revolution and the rise of post-modern societies and institutions feed into the old phenomena of terrorism and hybrid warfare. The fourth session will address the main dilemmas, difficulties, strategic principles and instruments of dealing with terrorism and hybrid warfare, with the particular focus on the limited utility of military power, importance of international cooperation and high relevance of the concept of resilience. Fifth, the course will critically appraise the role that the EU norms, institutions, strategies and policies play in the context of terrorism and hybrid warfare and will synthesise ideas on how the EU could adapt them in order to become a more effective counter to them at the national, regional and global levels. // ECTS Card

Professor: Tomas JERMALAVIČIUS