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Bulgaria’s national strategy to counter hybrid threats

Taking the Offensive

January 2020, Number 10.01

“The Kremlin’s hybrid warfare campaign against NATO and the European Union — in particular the subversive activities against Eastern European members — is the most substantial challenge to allied and Bulgarian security. Bulgaria, being a NATO and EU eastern-flank member state, is significantly exposed to Moscow’s systematic subversion strategy aimed at obstructing the building of a strong national security and defense system. This is detrimental to Bulgaria’s efforts to become a strong security provider within NATO and the EU. To quickly and effectively remedy this perilous state of affairs, Bulgaria must immediately embark upon a coherent program to strengthen the institutional capacity to counter hybrid threats, regardless of the source. As a first step, Bulgaria should — as soon as possible — write and adopt a national strategy for countering hybrid threats. This document should be fully harmonized with the NATO and EU documents in this sphere of growing relevance, especially with the Alliance’s strategy for countering hybrid warfare (2015) and the EU’s Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats - a European Union response (2016)...”

Excerpt from Mihail Naydenov, “Taking the Offensive,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, No. 1, 2020: 52-55.

Mihail Naydenov has served as a civilian expert at the Defense Policy and Planning Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Bulgaria since 2001. He has a master’s degree in international relations from Sofia University and has studied at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, the European Security and Defense College, the Swedish National Defense College, and the Ecole nationale d’administration in France. He is a member of the Atlantic Council of Bulgaria.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.