Competing in the Gray ZoneThe International Security Program’s Competing in the Gray Zone project examines the challenges facing the United States in the space between routine statecraft and traditional notions of war—a space often referred to as the gray zone of conflict. Today, state adversaries like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are relying on gray zone tactics to achieve national security objectives without triggering a meaningful U.S. response. CSIS’s project seeks to frame the challenge posed by these approaches and to propose concrete policy initiatives for securing U.S. interests in the face of them.
This interactive video report discusses modern gray zone competition, how competitors of the West have leveraged these tools against them, and where U.S. efforts stand in building an integrated response. Watch the videos and take the surveys here.
This brief presents key findings from a half-day conference that CSIS convened to identify lessons from previous Western experience with gray zone challenges that can help guide the United States, its allies, and its partners in their current efforts.
This report maps out three global initiatives that have emerged in response to closing civic space with the goal of keeping the space open, highlighting good practice and lessons learned.