Although 21st-century conflict might be different from the traditional theatres of war, the fundamental nature of human and political confrontation has not undergone such dramatic alteration. Hence, policymakers and scholars should embrace – rather than disavow – the lessons of the past and should not cast aside the Clausewitzian theory of war. This Hybrid CoE Working Paper looks at the Saudi-Iranian relationship in the light of the Clausewitzian theory and demonstrates its contemporary relevance.
A medium-length paper covering work in progress. Develops and shares ideas on Hybrid CoE’s ongoing research/workstrand themes, or analyzes actors, events or concepts that are relevant from the point of view of hybrid threats.