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Robert Seely

Robert Seely is a Research Associate at the Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford, and a doctoral candidate in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. His book, the Third Cold War, will be published in 2018. He tweets on unconventional & hybrid forms of war, Russia and Information Operations at @bobseely

By all accounts the relationship between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin holds the makings of a dark, Hollywood thriller. Trump is a US President at war with his own intelligence agencies, whilst denying – only to later admit – Russian interference in the election. Freshly inaugurated, he already faces comparisons to a modern-day Manchurian Candidate, referring to the 1959 novel about a brainwashed president controlled by sinister, external forces. But how fair is this? And do we really know what the Russians are up to? As a political scientist, my research examines the tools of contemporary warfare and influence used by the Kremlin. Thus far I have identified over 40 tools of Russian state power, military and non-military. The …