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Author: Hector Calleros-Rodriguez
E-mail: hcalleros.coltlax@gmail.com
Institution: Independent Researcher (Mexico)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 298–302
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017221
PDF: ppsy/46-2/ppsy2017221.pdf

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Book Review: Adam Burgos, Political Philosophy and Political Action. Imperatives of Resistance. Rowman & Littlefield International: Lanham 2017 (pp. 211). ISBN 978–1-78660–009–7. Price: 39.95 USD.

Adam Burgos book review

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Author: Robert Borkowski
E-mail: rborkowski@op.pl
Institution: Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 303–307
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017222
PDF: ppsy/46-2/ppsy2017222.pdf

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Book Review: Wolfgang Sofsky, Ustrój terroru: obóz koncentracyjny. Warszawa: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny im. Emanuela Ringelbluma 2016 (pp. 383). ISBN 978–83–65254–21–4. Price: PLN 49.00.

Wolfgang Sofsky book review

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Author: Katarzyna Nowak
E-mail: katarzynanowak999@gmail.com
Institution: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland)
Author: Olga Barbasiewicz
E-mail: olga.barbasiewicz@uj.edu.pl
Institution: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 308–311
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017223
PDF: ppsy/46-2/ppsy2017223.pdf

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Book Review: Heinz-Dietrich Fischer, Coverage of Political Occurrences in Asia. Pulitzer Prize Winning Articles, Cartoons and Photos. Berlin–Munster–Wien: LIT Verlag 2015 (pp. 234). ISBN 978–3-643–90592–5. Price: 89.90 EUR.

Heinz-Dietrich Fischer book review

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Author: Joanna Rak
E-mail: joanna.rak@amu.edu.pl
Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 312–314
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017224
PDF: ppsy/46-2/ppsy2017224.pdf

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Book Review: Adam Wielomski, W poszukiwaniu Katechona: Teologia polityczna Carla Schmitta. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Von Borowiecky 2016 (pp. 472). ISBN: 978–83–60748–92–3. Price: PLN 54.90.

Adam Wielomski book review

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Author: Malwina Hopej
E-mail: malwina.hopej@uwr.edu.pl
Institution: University of Wrocław (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 315–317
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017225
PDF: ppsy/46-2/ppsy2017225.pdf

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Book Review: Pierre Verluise, Geopolityka granic Wspólnoty Europejskiej. Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek 2014 (pp. 211). ISBN 978–83–8019–016–0. Price: PLN 31.40.

Pierre Verluise book review

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Author: Sascha Dov Bachmann
E-mail: sbachmann@bournemouth.ac.uk
Institution: Bournemouth University (United Kingdom), Swedish Defence University (Sweden)
Author: Håkan Gunneriusson
E-mail: Hakan.Gunneriusson@fhs.se
Institution: Swedish Defence University (Sweden)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 9-29
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017101
PDF: ppsy/46-1/ppsy2017101.pdf

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The Russian National Security Strategy of 2015 aims at achieving autarky from Western influences on global security, the rule of law and global trade. Russia aims at attaining this by applying a holistic mix of military, political and economic means to weaken the West and to strengthen its own role as a global player. The Russian approach builds on a strategy of reflexive control which as such is an old method, but the outcome of the application of this approach results in hybrid warfare which as such is a new emerging concept of warfighting. This short article looks at one particular aspect of this Russian strategy, namely using Hybrid, or non-linear, Warfare against its Western direct neighbours in particular and the West in general. We will discuss the underlying cultural logic in Russia’s actions and will reflect on the impact of Russia’s utilization of the existing cultural asymmetry as a form of warfare in regard to the West. The examples used in this text are taken from the context of the conflicts of Ukraine and Syria, but have to be seen as constituting a part of an on-going global conflict aimed at NATO and the EU. The text builds on years of research within the hybrid threat, warfare respectively, context by both authors. 

national security policies reflexive control state vulnerabilities disinformation strategies exploitation of cultural asymmetries East-West conflict NATO policy and doctrines hybrid warfare

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Author: Joanna Świątkowska
E-mail: joanna.swiatkowska@ik.org.pl
Institution: Pedagogical University of Kraków (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 30-39
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017102
PDF: ppsy/46-1/ppsy2017102.pdf

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The paper aims to analyse how information warfare can be conducted in cyberspace and to look at this issue from the perspective of Central and Eastern European Countries. It argues that this form of hostile actions will be increasingly utilized in the region. The main assumption, following Alvin Toffler’s theory, is that “information” – as an increasingly important element of modern societies and as their strategic resource – also serves as a significant tool of modern conflicts. Since information is nowadays strongly related to new technologies, mainly the aspects connected to cybersecurity are analysed. The article looks closer at different aspects of cyberthreats and explains their possible consequences. It may serve as good material for further research and recommendations on countermeasures that may increase security in Europe. 

cyberattacks secuity hybrid conflict information security CEE region cyberthreats cybersecurity information warfare

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Author: Marcin Czyżniewski
E-mail: mcz@umk.pl
Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 40-62
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017103
PDF: ppsy/46-1/ppsy2017103

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Author analyzed the programs of all Czech political parties which have their representatives in the Chamber of Deputies in the parliamentary term 2013–2017, assuming that political programs are a reflection of the public discourse, and of the public eye. Security is one of the most important categories in the programs of Czech political parties, in some literally the most important, however, this importance is determined through quantitative, not qualitative, perspective. Diagnosis and solutions are similar in all cases, what allows to conclude that security is not a factor differentiating the Czech political scene. 

perception of security Czech Republic political parties security studies

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Author: Hanna Wiczanowska
E-mail: hanawicz@gmail.com
Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 63-73
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017104
PDF: ppsy/46-1/ppsy2017104.pdf

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The current EU migration and asylum policy crisis has been perceived to constitute one of the most serious challenges for European security. The attitude of fear and reluctance towards admission of cultural others (including: refugees, asylum seekers and the immigrants) has been particularly visible in the V4 countries. The aim of this paper is therefore to examine the grounds of such a position with reference to general European tendencies as well as specific features of attitudes of Poland and Slovakia as the representatives of V4 countries in the light of their particular economic and social situation. Due to volume limitations the author will focus mainly on the two presented States. The decision regarding choice of Poland arises from the fact that as the only V4 State it has voted in favour of the mandatory quota of relocation of 120.000 refugees. Instead Slovakia constitutes the most vivid example pro-European parties changing rhetoric for more national which is quite transparent for the V4 countries. The whole analysis has been conducted in the specific context of relocation of the symbolic division of Europe an replacement of ideological Iron Curtain with cultural Velvet Curtain which leads to the phenomenon of culturalisation. 

Islam cultualisation the Iron Curtain slovakia refugees migration policy Poland

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Author: Krystyna Gomółka
E-mail: Krystyna.Gomolka@zie.pg.edu.pl
Institution: Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
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Pages: 74-90
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2017105
PDF: ppsy/46-1/ppsy2017105.pdf

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The national security strategy adopted in 2007 provided a detailed definition of security and identified its threats. The key threat to the Armenian state was considered to be the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The document indicated the Collective Security Treaty Organisation main guarantor of security, with Russia being Armenia’s main partner in bilateral relations. The second position in the strategy was assigned to cooperation with the NATO and the OSCE. One of the priorities identified was to intensify the economic and trade connections with the European Union and participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy as a step towards integration with European structures. As to bilateral relations, the most significant were Armenia’s contacts with Georgia and Iran. If we compare the assumptions of the strategy with the policy pursued by Armenia after 2007, it is clear that the measures taken are in line with the provisions of the document. By the end of 2016, the most serious threat to Armenia – the Nagorno-Karabakh issue – remained unresolved. Russia reinforced its position as Armenia’s strategic ally. The talks conducted between Armenia and the NATO are of little significance in view of the obligations assumed by Armenia. The same goes for the talks with the European Union after Armenia’s withdrawal from signing the association agreement, accession to the Eurasian Economic Union on 01 January 2015 and signing bilateral agreements with the Russian Federation. 

European Neighbourhood Policy NATO Nagorno-Karabakh Cauasus Armenia

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