Hybrid war in times of geopolitics? On the interpretation and characterization of the Donbass conflict

Autor(en): Schneckener, Ulrich 
Stichwörter: Donbass conflict; geopolitics; Government & Law; Hybrid war; Political Science; sociology of conflict
Erscheinungsdatum: 2016
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Volumen: 57
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 586
Seitenende: 613
The interpretation of the Donbass conflict is highly controversial not only in Ukraine, but also among external observers. Two theses are represented particularly prominent: First, the conflict is characterized as a prime example of a ``hybrid war''; secondly, based on the perspective of geopolitics, the war is interpreted as the result of competitive, hegemonic claims of the West and Russia. However, both theories operate with a steering and control imperative which reduces the role of local actors and their agendas to dependent variables of great powers. By contrast, the article advocates for a conflict-sociological approach which clearly shows that external actors to a much greater extent are driven by local conflict dynamics than both theses would admit.
ISSN: 00323470
DOI: 10.5771/0032-3470-2016-4-586

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