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In the Shadows: The Challenge of Russian and Chinese Gray Zone Conflict for the West.

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Over the course of the last decade, Russia and China have emerged as the foremost competitors to US American supremacy. In their attacks on Western primacy, these competitor states target the very foundations of the Western order and its underlying understanding and practice of war. Their actions aim to exploit the Western distinction between peacetime and wartime embodied in the existing normative framework for war by remaining below the threshold of war. This gray area between war and peace as distinct conditions is what gives this form of conflict is name: gray zone conflict. Gray zone conflict creates a fundamental problem for the West because it limits the Western ability to use its superior military force against adversaries not playing by Western rules. This chapter analyzes these challenges, investigating why the West has difficulties responding to conflicts in the gray zone between peace and war and what the West can do to address these challenges. It shows gray zone conflict as clash of different temporalities: the strict Western distinction between war and peacetime on the one hand and the more comprehensive approaches by Russia and China that purposefully exploit said distinction on the other.
TitelWar Time : Temporality and the Decline of Western Military Power
RedaktørerSten Rynning, Amelie Theussen, Olivier Schmitt
Antal sider23
Udgivelses stedWashington DC
ForlagBrookings Institution Press
Publikationsdato2 mar. 2021
ISBN (Trykt)9780815738947
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-8157-3895-4
StatusUdgivet - 2 mar. 2021
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