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dc.contributor.advisorRothstein, Hy
dc.contributor.authorDickey, Jeffrey V.
dc.contributor.authorEverett, Thomas B.
dc.contributor.authorGalvach, Zane M.
dc.contributor.authorJ.Mesko, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorV.Soltis, Anton
dc.dateJun-15
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-05T23:05:30Z
dc.date.available2015-08-05T23:05:30Z
dc.date.issued2015-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/45838
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractRussia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and subsequent activities in Eastern Ukraine are not isolated incidents, but rather a new form of hybrid war, or asymmetric warfare. They are part of a decades-long and continent-spanning Russian political warfare (PW) campaign. Analysis of the origin, history, and evolution of Soviet/Russian PW from 1917 through today reveals that Russia is using PW to assert regional dominance and challenge the unipolarity of the United States and the West. A review of events in Ukraine demonstrates Russia is using its latest evolution of PW doctrine, the Gerasimov Model, to achieve strategic objectives while remaining below the military response threshold of the international community. This paper combines an empirical and case study review of PW, with lessons from the Cold War, to propose a conceptual framework and a supporting model for foreign policy makers, planners, and practitioners to better understand PW. Furthermore, it recommends the United States adopt a proactive PW strategy to support national policy objectives and counter the PW activities of Russia and other rising powers. United States Special Operations Forces are well-suited for PW and will play a pivotal role in a U.S. PW strategy that encompasses all elements of national power and synchronizes the interagency community.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/russipoliticalwa1094545838
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleRussian political warfare: origin, evolution, and applicationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBlank, Stephen
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorpolitical warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorunconventional warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorasymmetric warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorhybrid warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorRussiaen_US
dc.subject.authorRussian Federationen_US
dc.subject.authorCold Waren_US
dc.subject.authorforeign policyen_US
dc.subject.authornational strategyen_US
dc.subject.authorEastern Europeen_US
dc.subject.authorUkraineen_US
dc.subject.authorDonbassen_US
dc.subject.authorCrimeaen_US
dc.subject.authorspecial operationsen_US
dc.subject.authorGerasimoven_US
dc.subject.authorBezmenoven_US
dc.subject.authornew generation warfareen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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