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Fourth Generation Warfare and The Clash of Civilizations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Islamic Studies, ISSN 0955-2340, E-ISSN 1471-6917, Vol. 21, no 3, 391-412 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article looks at the nature of Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW), and how theories such as the ‘clash of civilizations’ impact upon this type of warfare. The ‘new’ ways in which wars are waged, and their success (or failure) is measured, are strongly influenced by political processes in turn driven by information and public perception. Wars can be won on the battlefield through the use of blunt military force, but ultimately lost through lack of appreciation of the effects of information and perception. The ‘clash’ theory plays very much to this new type of warfare, which wraps itself around notions of identity and culture, and the unbridgeable divisions that supposedly exist between different civilizations. To play this game in 4GW is to put the state actor, in the struggle of ideas and concepts, at an immediate disadvantage to the non-state ‘freedom fighter/insurgent /terrorist’ claiming to defend his land, people, faith.

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2010. Vol. 21, no 3, 391-412 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134151DOI: 10.1093/jis/etq042ISI: 000282751300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134151DiVA: diva2:372098
Available from: 2010-11-24 Created: 2010-11-22 Last updated: 2010-11-24Bibliographically approved

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