Call for Conference

The beginning of the 21st century is a period of intensive changes in a global security environment, above all, in the context of the rising significance of the asymmetric threats. Aside from  traditional armed conflicts hybrid wars that use – except for conventional actions – irregular activities, offensive cyber operations, economic and psychological operations, etc.,  have gained in significance. The activities of the so-called Islamic State or the Ukrainian conflict are the model cases of ongoing transformation of contemporary battlefield.

An in-depth analysis of factors forming the environment that favour activities of subjects which create asymmetric threats is extraordinarily germane for proper and effective forecasting as well as assessment of security threats and for working out the appropriate defensive strategies. Also due to the fact that in the globalizing world even states which are not engaged directly in the conflict often are unable to evade its long-term ramifications (bear in mind the case of Middle-Eastern refugees). Concurrently, because of its complexity, multi-dimensionality, involvement of both state and non-state actors as well as other factors, asymmetric conflicts and hybrid wars are a difficult subject-matter for extensive and thorough research.

The organizers of the international academic conference “Assymetric conflicts and hybrid wars in the 21st century” have decided to open for discussion the above-mentioned issues. The character of asymetric warfare along with diplomatic, information, propaganda, economic, social and military planes of these conflicts incline to take an interdisciplinary research approach. Therefore, conference organizers would like to invite experts representing various fields of knowledge – security professionals, political scientists, economists as well as specialists professionally connected to functioning of security and defence sector – to share their experiences, reflections, opinions, conclusions and results of their research.

Specific topics may address, but are not limited to:

I. The change in the character of contemporary armed conflicts

  • attempt of defining the current global security deal;
  • theory and terminology of asymmetric warfare and hybrid wars;
  • asymmetric security threats;
  • the role of hybrid war and asymmetric warfare in the warcraft;
  • asymmetric warfare and hybrid wars in strategic doctrines of the Russian Federation as well as NATO and EU states;
  • counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine;

II. Economic war as a component of the hybrid war

  • embargoes and sanctions as elements of economic war;
  • manipulation of resource prices on global markets as an element of economic war;
  • speculation currency attacks and their impact on political, economic and social destabilization of attacked countries;
  • cyberattacks on financial and banking systems;
  • market intelligence (MARKINT) as a new sort of intelligence and its role in counteracting economic attacks;

III.  Information war

  • essence of the information warfare;
  • war in cyberspace as a component of information war;
  • social media in conflict;
  • phenomenon of fake news in the Internet and the mass media;
  • offensive cyberoperations as a factor influencing presidential and parliamentary elections;
  • potential for waging cyberwar in the context of NSA and CIA leaks on WikiLeaks portal;
  • cases of viruses and trojans: Stuxnet, Sauron, Nitro Zeus, Regin, Duqu, Petya and ExPetr;

IV. Terrorism as an element of asymmetric warfare

  • essence of contemporary terrorism;
  • Islamic fundamentalism as a ground for terrorist activity;
  • terrorist acts as an example of asymmetric engagement;
  • cyberterrorism and methods to combat it;
  • attempt to prepare methodology for reconnaissance of terrorist threat through analysis of radicalization, mobilization and action on the part of groupings that generate events of terrorist character;
  • Islamic radicals’ activity in the Internet;
  • risk analysis of appearance of menaces for critical infrastructure;
  • immigration crisis in the EU and a phenomenon of Islamic terrorism;
  • counteracting and combat with terrorism in the international law and security strategies of selected states;

V. State security system in the face of hybrid war

  • role and significance of paramilitary and prodefence organizations in asymmetric conflicts;
  • Territorial Defence Forces as an element of state’s defence in the situation of the emergence of hybrid war;
  • crisis management;
  • analysis of defence systems of the NATO’s Eastern flank states in the light of symmetric threats.

VI. Battlefield medicine in the 21st century

  • the newest achievements of the battlefield medicine in the 21st century;
  • military and civil medicine;
  • paramedic salvage service in the light of terrorist acts menace;
  • doctors and paramedics’ experiences from the operations of the Polish Military Contingents in Afghanistan and Iraq;

VII. Case studies:

A. Ukrainian conflict

  • prospects for the so-called Donets and Luhansk People’s Republics reintegration with Ukraine;
  • hostilities in Donbas – conclusions for Poland and NATO’s Eastern flank states;
  • organized crime groups and their contribution to war in Donbas;
  • Russian and Ukrainian paramilitary organizations in the war in Donbas;
  • Russia’s radioelectronic warfare in Ukraine;
  • propaganda dimension of the war in Ukraine;

B. Civil war in Syria

  • the Islamic State as a transnational terrorist organization;
  • the involvement of the Middle-Eastern states in the Syrian war;
  • Russian armed intervention in Syria – military and political dimensions;
  • policies of Obama and Trump administrations vis-a-vis Syrian conflict;
  • operation Euphrates Shield;
  • prospects for the solution of the Syrian conflict;