Economic Power, Financial Intel are New Weapons of War


When we think of traditional warfare, we most often think of armies on the ground and ships at sea. In more modern times, air power has become more relevant, especially the addition of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the fight against jihadist terrorists.
It is changing the dynamics of war, and levelling the battlefield against them.
It is true, however, that even overwhelming air power combined with intelligence collection and the support of allied troops on the ground will not be enough to defeat recalcitrant, jihadist insurgents.
Digging them out house-by-house with American ground troops, as depicted so vividly in “American Sniper”, is a most dangerous and bloody endeavour worth avoiding if possible, though in the end, it may well come to this in places like Syria and Iraq.
But, there is another side of war against Islamic radicals which isn’t written about often, and should get more attention: namely, the soft power of economic warfare.
“Soft” is a bit of a misnomer; since economic tools are increasingly wielded as surgical instruments of influence and power. They are sharp, exact and if used correctly, can lead to change.
Today you can see this economic clout being used with regard to Russian meddling in Ukraine and separately vis-à-vis Iran.
Both Russia and Iran are straining heavily under the weight of international economic sanction regimes.

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