Hybrid Threats in the Grey Zone: Mapping the Terrain
This two-day closed session workshop will address the complex legal, ethical and policy issues involved in grey zone conflicts. The modern international arena is characterized by a number of “hybrid threats” posed by
activities in what is known as the “grey zone.” United States Special Operations Command defines this zone as “a conceptual space between peace and war, occurring when actors purposefully use single or multiple
elements of power to achieve political-security objectives with activities that are typically ambiguous or cloud attribution and exceed the threshold of ordinary competition, yet intentionally fall below the level of large-scale direct
This workshop will bring together thinkers from various disciplines to map the terrain characterized by hybrid threats in the grey zone. This will involve discussion of the specific types of threats and the issues that they raise, how these threats
may be connected to one another, the responses that may be effective in response to them, and the potential for legal and ethical principles to provide greater clarity and structure about what is and is not acceptable behavior.