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"Russia's Hybrid War Against the West" – by Arsalan Bilal

"Wars are no longer merely about kinetic operations. This means that it is not just physical warfare, but also non-military strategies and tactics that define modern-day conflicts and wars," writes The Grey Zone coordinator Arsalan Bilal in an article published by NATO Review.


Pakistan’s People Are Fleeing Not Only Economic Crisis But Extremism – by Arsalan Bilal (AB)

"Policymakers in Pakistan need to set the country’s house in order and work to convince its youth, its future leaders, that the country is worth staying in and building up," writes our member Arsalan Bilal (AB) in The Diplomat.


Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban: Friends Becoming Foes – by Arsalan Bilal (AB)

"At first, a Taliban victory in Afghanistan was considered synonymous with Pakistan’s victory. But disappointed hopes on both sides now have the neighbors at loggerheads," writes our member Arsalan Bilal (AB) in The Diplomat.


Seminar: Who Pays for Peace? A year after the escalation of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine

The Grey Zone research group, in collaboration with the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS), hosted a special interactive seminar to commemorate the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukrainian soil on February 24.


Seminar on Hybrid Threats in the Arctic

The Arctic 5 Chair in Security Studies project, in collaboration with The Grey Zone research group and WarPeD research network, hosted a special seminar titled "Hybrid Threats in the Arctic".


AB (Arsalan Bilal) interviewed by Le Monde on Russia's hybrid war and the Ukraine conflict

AB (Arsalan Bilal)—The Grey Zone coordinator—was interviewed by Le Monde, one of the most popular French newspapers, for an investigative story about the ongoing hybrid warfare around Russia's aggression against Ukraine.


The Rise (and Fall?) of the Polar Silk Road – By Marc Lanteigne

"There is a sizeable gap between China’s ambitions for the PSR and its actual capabilities and accomplishments in the Arctic – and the gap has widened since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."


Exit Kiribati? The Pacific Islands Forum Faces Further Strife – By Marc Lanteigne & Larissa Stünkel

"Despite a deal between the PIF and other Micronesian states, Kiribati declared it still intends to withdraw from the premier regional forum."


The Geopolitical Aftershocks of the China-Solomon Islands Security Agreements – By Marc Lanteigne & Larissa Stünkel

"The deal was likely China’s response to AUKUS. Now Australia and the U.S. will consider how to respond, possibly intensifying the security competition in the Pacific."


AB (Arsalan Bilal) interviewed by BBC Serbia on hybrid threats & wars

AB (Arsalan Bilal)—The Grey Zone coordinator—was interviewed by BBC Serbia for an article on hybrid wars, the ways in which hybrid threats jeopardise state and societal security, as well as viable policy measures to surmount them.


Marc Lanteigne interviewed by Al Jazeera on China's Rise in the Arctic

The Grey Zone member Marc Lanteigne was interviewed by Al Jazeera English for 101 East—a weekly current affairs programme—on China's Arctic policy amidst melting ice caps in the region.


Blowback: The Ukraine Conflict and Arctic Security – By Marc Lanteigne

"The illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February will result in aftershocks throughout Europe and the global community for months, and possibly years, to come. The Arctic will not be unaffected by this conflict, given Moscow’s dominant presence in polar politics and the overspill effects of the diplomatic rift, now a chasm, between Russia and the West, into Arctic security concerns."



Mens vi venter på Putin (While we wait for Putin) - in Norwegian

Will he or won't he? Reflections on what is at stake for Putin, Europe and international security


“The Arctic could see ice-free summers by 2035”

The Grey Zone member Marc Lanteigne was interviewed by CNBC on the rising importance of the Arctic shipping routes amidst melting sea ice in the region.


FAKENEWS project launch

The much-anticipated FAKENEWS project, which is funded by the Research Council of Norway, has officially been launched at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.



Hybrid threats and Gender - Deep Dive session, NATO

On 3 February 2022, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv (UiT) joined Outi Jalonen from the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) to discuss the ways in which gender and other identities have been targeted and manipulated in disinformation campaigns. The session was "hybrid" with the presenters joining on MS Teams, while most participants met up at the Transatlantic Room at NATO HQ. Over 40 people participated. 


The forgotten, cascading crisis in Madagascar – By Manoa Faliarivola, Marc Lanteigne & Velomahanina Razakamaharavo

"The world’s first famine caused by climate change rather than conflict continues amid insufficient domestic and global attention."

Click here to read the full article published in African Arguments.


CPS/GZ hosted an open expert seminar on the use of migration in hybrid threats

On 9 december 2021 UiT Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) hosted a seminar led by The Grey Zone (GZ) research group, in partnership with the prestigious Polish Institute of International Affairs on the use of migration as a tool in hybrid threats. The discussion ranged from issues around international migration as a whole to perspectives from Poland and Norway regarding the use of migrants – in particular the use of refugees fleeing conflict.


Hanne Eggen Røislien joins UiT's Centre for Peace Studies

Dr. Hanne Eggen Røislien, an eminent researcher and cyber security expert, has been appointed an Associate Professor (II) at the Centre for Peace Studies - UiT The Arctic University of Norway.