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A Civil-Military Response to Hybrid Threats

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  • Only publication linking together civil-military cooperation and hybrid threats

  • Contributions from both civilian academics and military officers

  • Endorsed by the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence and NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation

  • Focuses on topical challenges such as: cyber security; Russia; private security contractors

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This edited volume provides scholars and practitioners with an in-depth examination of the role of civil-military cooperation in addressing hybrid threats. As they combine the simultaneous employment of conventional and non-conventional tools and target not only military objectives but governments and societies at large, hybrid threats cannot be countered solely by military means, but require an equally inclusive response encompassing a wide range of military and civilian actors.    

This book, which combines the perspectives of academics, military officers, and officials from international and non-governmental organisations, resorts to different case studies to illustrate the importance of civil-military cooperation in enhancing the resilience of NATO members and partners against a wide range of societal destabilization strategies, thereby contributing to the formulation of a civil-military response to hybrid threats. 

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Concepts and Methods


“Clear and well structured, the book achieves its aim. It will definitely become a reference point for those studying civil-military cooperation approaches to counter societal destabilisation. Given the common challenge of building societal resilience, the book is a call for academics and practitioners to further theoretical sophistication and empirical richness: together they are recognised as the only ways to avoid excessive complexity or vagueness in dealing with hybrid threats and hybrid warfare.” (Giuseppe Fersini, The International Spectator, Vol. 53 (3), 2018)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands

    Eugenio Cusumano

  • The Hague, The Netherlands

    Marian Corbe

About the editors

Eugenio Cusumano is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. His research, published in leading security studies journals, concentrates on the role of non-state actors in military operations and humanitarian crises both on land and at sea.  

 Marian Corbe is the Academic Advisor at NATO’s Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence in The Hague, The Netherlands, and an officer of the German Armed Forces. His current work focuses on aligning academic research and education with military demands in the area of civil-military cooperation. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Civil-Military Response to Hybrid Threats

  • Editors: Eugenio Cusumano, Marian Corbe

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-60797-9Published: 07 September 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-86935-3Published: 18 August 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-60798-6Published: 29 August 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXIII, 320

  • Number of Illustrations: 26 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Military and Defence Studies

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