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The impurity of war

31-03-2009 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 873, by François-Bernard Huyghe

War and armed conflicts have broken out of their classic mould, become hybrid and gone beyond their previous boundaries. The author argues for an updated polemology which endeavours to explain the mechanisms of these new types of warfare.

   

François-Bernard Huyghe has a doctorate in political science and conducts research into information and communication science. He works as a trainer and consultant. 
 
Abstract 
Progressive democratization, the presence of a military superpower and the dream of an international order maintained by an international authority do not enhance the appearance of conventional armed conflicts. However, the discovery of new frailties that can be exploited by aggressors, the proliferation of motives – including ideological motives – for waging war, and the spread of technologies that can be used in new forms of warfare have led to war and armed conflicts breaking out of their classic mould, becoming hybrid and going beyond their previous boundaries. The author argues for an updated polemology which endeavours to explain the mechanisms of these new types of warfare.  


 
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