Weaponizing Kleptocracy: Putin’s Hybrid Warfare

On June 14th, Hudson Institute hosted a discussion on the kleptocratic facets of Kremlin’s hybrid warfare, featured in a recent report by Marius Laurinavicius.

In Weaponizing Kleptocracy: Putin’s Hybrid Warfare, Mr. Laurinavicius explores the roots of the kleptocratic dimension of Russia’s hybrid warfare, how kleptocracy fits into Putin’s global strategy, and the ways in which it increases the risk of a conventional war between Russia and the West.

Soon after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, experts began using the term “hybrid warfare” to describe the threat posed by the Kremlin to neighboring countries. But there is now widespread recognition that Vladimir Putin is pursuing broader ambitions to build a network of anti-Western states, destroy NATO, and ultimately marginalize the United States and the West in order to achieve regional hegemony and global power.

Charles Davidson, Executive Director of the Kleptocracy Initiative; Jeffrey Gedmin, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow; Marius Laurinavicius, BAFF Security Research Fellow; Hannah Thoburn, Hudson Institute Research Fellow; and Michael Weiss, CNNInvestigative Reporter for International Affairs, participated in the discussion.