Presenting paper on the role of the military in managing hybrid threats and hybrid warfare in the grey-zone at the International Studies Association (ISA) West’s annual conference 24-27 September. It was a great panel I would like to thank my panelist at the “Space and Cyberspace” panel and the chair Brandon Valeriano for great comments.
On 22nd-23rd September 2020 I was attending the 11th Baltic Military History Conference at the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL).
The theme was “Small but Capable? Quality Against Mass in Military History” and very interesting lectures were held by experts and military historians from different countries.
In my new article in Asian Perspective Capturing Power Shift in East Asia: Toward an Analytical Framework for Understanding “Soft Power” in Asian Perspective proposes an analytical framework for analyzing soft power that problematizes the rigid soft power/hard power binary. The framework proposes a way to understand soft power and the hard-soft spectrum of behavior that allows for the inclusion of economic power while still drawing a line between hard and soft power, where not all economic power is soft, but nor is it all hard. Open Access: https://doi.org/10.1353/apr.2020.0016
Mainstream International Relations (IR) theory has problems fully accounting for the regional dynamics of East Asia. This article explores whether the pursuit of soft power—a concept that has been given a prominent position in research on East Asian IR—can provide one piece of the puzzle for understanding East Asia’s regional dynamics. This article proposes an analytical framework for analyzing soft power that problematizes the rigid soft power/hard power binary. The framework proposes a way to understand soft power and the hard-soft spectrum of behavior that allows for the inclusion of economic power while still drawing a line between hard and soft power, where not all economic power is soft, but nor is it all hard. It is argued that to keep the concept of soft power relevant in the East Asian context economic power needs to be included. The line is drawn between economic coercion and economic inducement, arguing that when induced there is still a certain level of freedom as one can choose whether the payments or bribes offered are good enough for it to be worthwhile to change one’s preference and behavior. Coercion, in contrast, utilizes a different dynamic where the point is to force someone to do something they are unwilling to do.
On 14 September I participated in the EU-ROK strategic Dialogue organised by the Sofia Security Forum and the Korean Institute for Defence Analysis (KIDA). The Korean and European participants engaged in discussions on a wide range of issues of shared concern, including The dynamics of the security environment in NEA and Perspectives and challenges to the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
Do you want to contribute in an edited volume on Land Warfare? See attached Call for Papers for more information. E-mail me if you have any questions!
Attending the SIPRI Webinar Series on “The Strategic Triangle in the Arctic” during the 7-10 September. Very interesting presentations and discussion on the interests of the Arctic and non-Arctic states, on Maritime transport and the changing geopolitical landscape, the changing geopolitical dynamics and military security challenges, and responses to the changing dynamics in the Arctic.
The Land Warfare Research Group (LWRG) at the Swedish Defence University today organised a research seminar on “Russian Deception and the Russian Notions of Future Wars.” At the seminar Dr Markus Göransson, Assistant Professor at the Swedish Defence University and Convenor of the Russia and Eurasia Research Group presented two forthcoming articles on the respectively Russian deception and its notion of future wars.
On 2-3 Sep 2020 I was attending a webinar on “EU–China Relations in an Era of Connectivity”, co-organized by SIPRI and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).
The purpose of the webinars is to explore the extent to which EU–China relations have been evolving and may evolve in an era of connectivity. In particular, the webinars will focus on understanding the economic, political and strategic rationales that underpin connectivity agendas both in China and the EU and will explore pathways for promoting mutual interests.