The Weaponisation of Everything

Out 25 January 2022 in the UK through Yale University Press UK and 15 February 2022 in the US, through Yale University Press USA, as well as Amazon and all good brick and mortar shops.

Hybrid War, Grey Zone Warfare, Unrestricted War: today, traditional conflict—fought with guns, bombs and drones—has become too expensive to wage, too unpopular at home, and too difficult to manage. In an age when America threatens Europe with sanctions, and when China spends billions buying influence abroad, the world is heading for a new era of permanent low-level conflict, often unnoticed, undeclared and unending.

Transnational crime expert Mark Galeotti provides a comprehensive and ground-breaking survey of the new way of war. Ranging across the globe, Galeotti shows how today’s conflicts are fought with everything from disinformation and espionage to crime and subversion, leading to instability within countries and a legitimacy crisis across the globe. But rather than suggest that we hope for a return to a bygone era of “stable” warfare, Galeotti details ways of surviving, adapting and taking advantage of the opportunities presented by this new reality.


“A thought-provoking and important work. Galeotti wears his considerable knowledge lightly.”—Mark Urban, author of The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy

Necessary reading for the strategically inclined. Wars are no longer won on battlefields, and Galeotti explains where and how to win. Governments around the world will find it a necessary wake-up call.”—Sean McFate, author of The New Rules of War: How America Can Win Against Russia, China, and Other Threats

Consistently interesting and always accessible, a book that contributes greatly to the public debate on the future of war.”—Jeremy Black, author of Military Strategy: A Global History

“A terrific book written in a fast and lively style, and covering all the relevant issues … Galeotti is a well-known authority in this field.”—Chris Bellamy, author of Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War

“Galeotti’s book… charts the way that once-clear boundaries between war-fighting and influence-peddling have become blurred. This brisk everyman’s guide — straight-talking and free of jargon — is a useful tasting menu to a fast-moving, constantly evolving set of problems. If I were on the slow train to Sandhurst for my first term at the academy, I would have it in my rucksack… bang up to date” – Roger Boyes, in The Times

Foreign Editions

These are the translated editions agreed so far and the respective publishers. I don’t yet know when any will come out, but will update when they do. If you’re a publisher and interested, do get in touch with the Yale University Press rights team!

Korean: Planet Media Publishing Co.

Lithuanian: Briedis

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