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Mese: Maggio 2021

Alina Frolova | Ukraine and Russian Hybrid Warfare | Intelligence & Interview N.33 | Roman Kolodii

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Since the beginning of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in 2014, international security research has been extensively shaped by increased focus on information operations and hybrid warfare. The Kremlin’s use of multiple instruments of power, including cyberattacks, conventional troops, economic pressure and massive disinformation campaigns, has threatened security of not only Ukraine, but many Western democracies as well. Although foreign experts’ analysis of the Russian hybrid warfare often takes into account vulnerabilities and mistakes made by Ukraine, it seems to accord less attention to the multiple ways in which the country succeeds in handling Russian aggression. While Ukraine has been a testing ground of new-generation warfare techniques, it has also conducted testing of many diverse countermeasures to mitigate them. To enrich international discussion on the Russian hybrid warfare with the knowledge of Ukrainian strategies and solutions towards it, we have invited to our series Alina Frolova, an experienced professional in the field of strategic, government and crisis communications based in Ukraine. Before assuming her current position as Deputy Chairman of the Centre for Defence Strategies in Kyiv, Alina has served as a public official in the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, where she facilitated implementation of strategic and government communications amid the ongoing conflict. In our interview with Alina, we discuss the importance of strategic communications and key factors behind their success, the most effective mechanisms against foreign influences, recent escalation along the Ukrainian border, as well as Ukraine’s image abroad and the country’s progress in the pursuit of NATO membership thus far. On behalf of the Scuola Filosofica Team, our readers, and myself, Roman Kolodii, Alina: thank you!


1# Alina, how would you like to present yourself to the international readers of Scuola Filosofica?

Alina Frolova, Deputy Chairman, Centre for Defence Strategies, Founder of StratcomUA (Center for Strategic Communications), Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine 2019-2020.


Matematica e Scacchi: un confronto

 

Godfrey H. Hardy è stato un illustre matematico inglese, nato a Cranleigh nel 1877 e morto a Cambridge nel 1947. Ha apportato contributi notevoli a più di un settore della sua scienza, e ha fatto da mentore all’originale matematico indiano Srinivasa Ramanujan. A Hardy e al medico tedesco Wilhelm Weinberg si deve una legge, nell’ambito della Teoria dell’Evoluzione, inerente alla stabilità genetica di una popolazione (date certe condizioni), che i due formularono indipendentemente l’uno dall’altro.

Nel saggio Apologia di un matematico, pubblicato nel 1940 (io mi riferisco all’edizione Garzanti 1989, contenente la Prefazione del fisico e scrittore inglese Charles P. Snow all’edizione uscita nel 1967 e la Presentazione del matematico Edoardo Vesentini), egli ha esaltato la dimensione scientifica, culturale ed estetica della Matematica, prima ancora di quella meramente utilitaria. Ha inoltre istituito un interessante confronto fra la Matematica e il gioco degli Scacchi nonché, nel contesto di quest’ultimo, fra i problemi e il gioco vivo.