The Putin Files

Putin and Hybrid Warfare

The conflict in Ukraine became a laboratory for Putin’s pursuit of “hybrid war,” a strategy embraced by Russian General Valery Gerasimov. “The Gerasimov Doctrine” emphasized relatively low-cost operations combining military force, technology, information, diplomacy and political manipulation. It was a strategy that provided Putin with a way to strike back at the United States. The 2016 presidential race offered an opportunity to do so.

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