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What is it: Grey-zone conflict or contest has been defined as “acts of coercive statecraft short of war”. If war is “the continuation of politics by other means”, as Carl von Clausewitz (director, Prussian Kriegsakademie) put it, grey-zone conflict is the continuation of war by other means. The older concepts of “hybrid warfare” and “political warfare” are closely related to the idea.

Where does it happen: Ukraine, the South China Sea and Yemen have all been cited as theatres, where media manipulation, computer hacking, spycraft and propaganda can play a role.

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