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

“An admirably clear overview (in his words, “quick and opinionated”) of a form of conflict which is vague and hard to grasp… One of Galeotti’s most enlightening arguments is the connection between grey zone conflict and globalisation.” – Helen Warrell in The Financial Times

Can’t recommend highly enough” – Robert Amsterdam, Departures podcast

“In… The Weaponisation of Everything, Russia expert Mark Galeotti teasingly deals with analysts like himself, who are always looking for something new. A lot changes, but not everything… In his rather light-hearted ‘guide to the new warfare,’ Galeotti shows that while war has essentially not changed, warfare does adapt to circumstances and new technology.” – Michel Kerres in NRC Handelsblad [Dutch]

“In The Weaponisation of Everything @MarkGaleotti provides a tour de force global analysis of conflict. Inter-state wars may be less common and yet state and non-state actors can use multiple measures to get their way. Think #Kremlin#China and more. Engaging and highly readable.” – Sveinn Helgason (Riga)

“[I]t succeeds masterfully… it disassembles preconceived notions and popular wisdom, an approach that makes the subjects more interesting for having done so… It is smart, insightful, witty, and grounded” – Joshua Huminski in the Diplomatic Courier

“Mark Galeotti, expert on Russia and transnational crime, has an enviable facility with formulating and exploring big ideas in a way that is concise, yet powerful and provocative… Though [the book] was written before the current acute phase of the Ukraine crisis, much of its argument and analysis is currently being illustrated right in front of us.” – Gill Bennett for Engelsberg Ideas

“[A] valuable and accessible guide to the insidious methods adopted regularly by the Russians and others to wage war by more covert means… Unlike other writers on this topic, Galeotti is not in awe of these techniques: they often achieve far less than intended and can backfire on the perpetrators. With greater vigilance, Western democracies can not only fend off this subtle form of warfare but also turn it against their adversaries.” – Lawrence Freedman in Foreign Affairs

“The confrontation that deforms and transforms our fragile world order may be unique in complexity and intensity, but sharp logic and history-informed thinking – the combination that enlivens every page of this concise book – can help not only in understanding the evolving risks but also in guiding the choices we make for mitigating them.” – Pavel Baev in Journal of Peace Research

“At its heart, The Weaponisation of Everything helps makes sense of the expanding lexicon that has loomed large in Western thought since the late 1990s when the lessons of Vietnam and the Cold War really took hold…. The Weaponisation of Everything needs to be on the curriculum of every military and national security college in the Western world. In 225 pages of easily understood and engaging writing he has done more to decode the environment in which we find ourselves than all the think tanks put together.” – Jason Logue in the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies

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!

Chinese: Global Group Holdings, Ltd

Japanese: Hara Shobo

Korean: Planet Media Publishing Co.

Lithuanian: Briedis

Polish: Znak

Portuguese: Edições 70 

Romanian: Corint

Vietnam: National Political Publishing House

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