Frontcover NL Arms 2017

Netherlands Annual Review of Military Studies 2017 - Winning Without Killing: The Strategic and Operational Utility of Non-Kinetic Capabilities in Crises
Series: NL ARMS Netherlands Annual Review of Military Studies

September 2017 Editor: Prof Dr Paul A.L. Ducheine , Netherlands Defence Academy, Faculty of Military Sciences, Breda, The Netherlands
Editor: Prof Dr Frans P.B. Osinga , Netherlands Defence Academy, Faculty of Military Sciences, Breda, The Netherlands



  • Published: September 2017
  • Pages: xii+332 p., 12 ill.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

With a foreword by Major-General Nico Geerts, Commander Netherlands Defence Academy, Breda, The Netherlands

International conflict resolution increasingly involves the use of non-military power and non-kinetic capabilities alongside military capabilities in the face of hybrid threats. In this book, counter-measures to those threats are addressed by academics with both practical and theoretical experience and knowledge, providing strategic and operational insights into non-kinetic conflict resolution and on the use of power to influence, affect, deter or coerce states and non-state actors.

This volume in the NL ARMS series deals with the non-kinetic capabilities to address international crises and conflicts and as always views matters from a global perspective. Included are chapters on the promise, practice and challenges of non-kinetic instruments of power, the instrumentality of soft power, information as a power instrument and manoeuvring in the information environment, Russia's use of deception and misinformation in conflict, applying counter-marketing techniques to fight ISIL, using statistics to profile terrorists, and employing tools such as Actor and Audience Analysis. Such diverse subjects as lawfare, the Law of Armed Conflict rules for non-kinetic cyber attacks, navigation warfare, GPS-spoofing, maritime interception operations, and finally, as a prerequisite, innovative ways for intelligence collection in UN Peacekeeping in Mali come up for discussion.
The book will provide both professionals such as (foreign) policy makers and those active in the military services, academics at a master level and those with an interest in military law and the law of armed conflict with useful and up-to-date insights into the wide range of subjects that are contained within it.

Paul A.L. Ducheine and Frans P.B. Osinga are General Officers and full professors at the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defence Academy in Breda, The Netherlands.

Specific to this volume in the Series:

  • Written by academics with both practical and theoretical experience
  • Addresses counter measures to hybrid crises
  • Offers both strategic and operational insights to non-kinetic conflict resolution