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‘Information War’ as the Russian Conceptualisation of Strategic Communications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-53
Number of pages10
JournalThe RUSI Journal
Issue number1
Published18 Mar 2020

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The Kremlin employs a type of ‘strategic communications’, which, according to the Russian conceptualisation of information war, is a combination of military and non-military means intended to influence the information-psychological space of a targeted audience. Ofer Fridman argues that the Kremlin’s employment of economic counter-sanctions (non-military means) and its intervention in Syria (military means) demonstrate the Kremlin’s capability to participate in information war–the Russian counterpart of Western strategic communications.

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