From strategic communication to sanctions: The European Union's approach to hybrid threats

Giumelli, F., Cusumano, E. & Besana, M., 29-Aug-2017, A Civil-Military Response to Hybrid Threats. Springer International Publishing, p. 145-167 23 p.

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As epitomised by the 2016 Communication outlining a ‘Joint Framework on Countering Hybrid Threats’, the European Union (EU) is increasingly involved in tackling destabilisation challenges ranging from disinformation to energy disruptions and cyberattacks. This chapter examines EU response to hybrid threats by looking at two types of policy instruments. The first one, the fight against disinformation, is a ‘soft’ type of response that the EU has increasingly adopted since 2015 as an answer to misinformation campaigns that have targeted it by a variety of actors, including Russia and the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The second one is a more traditional, ‘hard’ form of action, namely, the planning and implementation of sanctions and restrictive measures. Not only are strategic communication and sanctions key to countering hybrid threats. As this chapter illustrates, both policy instruments require especially close cooperation across military and civilian public actors and between the public and the private sector. Hence, strategic communications and sanctions are crucial cases in the study of EU responses to hybrid threats and the importance of a comprehensive approach in effectively countering them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Civil-Military Response to Hybrid Threats
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-60798-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-60797-9
Publication statusPublished - 29-Aug-2017

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