State, Military and Information Warfare Nexus: A Conceptual Perspective from South Asia

Abstract

This paper questions the efficacy of the notion of information warfare (IW) due to implicit militaristic nuances which critically impact on its application as a policy instrument for optimum effects in dynamic sociopolitical spheres. The argument is then contextualized into Indo-Pakistan socio-political environment to ascertain its veracity. Findings reveal structural and functional shortfalls of IW as an operating concept suited only as a warfare device to the detriment of a larger public good. The paper suggests exploiting a vast target audience containing sympathetic constituencies in the two countries through a multi-sphered appeal of soft power guided by argumentative and democratic discourses and the heritage of peace, pluralism, and co-existence.


AUTHORS

National Management College
Pakistan

Muhammad Feyyaz holds a Masters Degree in war studies from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and is doing his final thesis for M Phil in Peace & Conflict Studies, from National Defence University, Islamabad. Has long experience of teaching military art and science and national security issues in academic / training institutions of Pakistan armed forces where he visits regularly. Has been a research fellow at Faculty of Research and Doctrinal Studies (FORADS), Command and Staff College, Quetta, and Director Centre of Excellence for Peace keeping Studies, at NDU. Frequently writes for Pakistani and foreign research and academic journals. He is currently serving on the faculty of National School of Public Policy at Lahore, Pakistan.

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Keywords

C

C2
C2S
CDX
CIA
CIP
CPS

D

DNS
DoD
DoS

I

IA
ICS

S

SOA

X

XRY

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