Countering Hybrid Warfare (Multinational Capability Development Campaign) (MCDC (CHW))

2013 - 2022 (Ongoing)
Research Project
NUPI leads an international project on how to counter hybrid warfare.

The debate on how to counter hybrid warfare is relevant far beyond academic circles, and refers to ways liberal democracies should meet actors that are utilizing the grey zone between peace and war to reach their political goals.

“Countering Hybrid Warfare” (CHW) is a unique research component the larger Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC). In this international project, NUPI together with analysts affiliated with the UK Ministry of Defence leads an international team seeking to give the states tools for handling new security risks, stemming from what has been labelled Hybrid Warfare.

The term “hybrid” refers to a blend of conventional and non-conventional warfare where a hostile actor is exploiting the blurred area between peace and war. Current developments have brought hybrid warfare high on many Western states’ agendas, most notably in the wake of the Russian military intervention in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

The CHW project’s research team consists of academic scholars, military professionals and civil servants, that through two cycles , the first in 2015-16 and the second in 2017-18, have worked together in trying to develop a better understanding of the phenomena, as well as methods applicable for participating states in deterring, detecting and responding hybrid warfare.

For further reading on the research results, click here and here.

Funding program

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence



Hybrid warfare – how to counter it?

November 7, 2018

In this NUPI Podcast episode, a panel of experts takes a closer look at the challenges posed by hybrid warfare in liberal democracies.

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Hybrid threats – and why they are so difficult to reveal

June 8, 2018

Hybrid threats calls for innovative and creative thinking by intelligence organizations.


New hub for countering hybrid war opens in Finland

September 8, 2017

Dr. Patrick Cullen (NUPI) presented key findings from his research on hybrid warfare.


NUPI researchers brief UN Security Council

March 31, 2017

Dr. Patrick Cullen and Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud briefed the UN Security Council on hybrid war.

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Countering hybrid war

May 21, 2015

NUPI leads an international project on hybrid warfare. The debate on hybrid warfare is relevant far beyond academic circles.


Publication : NUPI Policy Brief

Project Manager

Security policy  Conflict  Defence  NATO

Patrick J. Cullen

Former employee

Njord Wegge

Former employee

Tue 30 Oct 2018
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Thon Conference Universitetsgaten (Room: Morgenstierne)

The threats from Hybrid Warfare - Challenges and countermeasures in liberal democracies

NUPI and The Norwegian Atlantic Committee invites you to this seminar on hybrid wafare. What is it, and how should we handle these new threats?