The Cyber Dimension of the Russia–Ukraine War

<strong>The Cyber Dimension of the Russia–Ukraine War</strong>
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In 2013, General Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s Chief of the General Staff, published a significant magazine article in which he noted that the lines between war and peace were becoming blurred and emphasized the growth of non-military means of achieving political and strategic goals, which he contended were proving more successful than the traditional use of force. Nodding to the ‘color revolutions’ in North Africa (for example, the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution of 2010–11) and the Arab Spring (2011), he cited the way an ‘informational conflict’ could be a key means of foreign intervention, leading to internal chaos, human catastrophe and civil war. Undoubtedly, he was influenced by the role the internet and social media played in fueling the series of anti-government protests and uprisings in the revolutions he mentioned, but he was probably equally focused on similar aspects of the ‘color’ revolutions in former Soviet states, such as the 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia and the 2005 Orange Revolution in Ukraine.

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