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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the evolving technical and policy dimensions of missile defense in Europe; the relationship between global power distribution and warfighting in the 21st century; the roles of ideology and cultural violence in Darfur; the present status of the International Criminal Court; and the unmaking of the existing global order. Then, in our second SW series, we look at how Egypt’s youth could decide the country’s fate; Afghanistan’s uncertain future; the tensions between migration quotas and EU market access in Switzerland; the assaults by authoritarian states against civil society; and the use of “robocops” by law enforcement agencies in tomorrow’s cities.
27 Oct 2016 | Security WatchMost people don’t know much about how the International criminal Court (ICC) operates. Today, Alex Sanchez tries to set us straight. He reminds us, for example, that 1) the ICC must open a case against an individual before he or she can be arrested; 2) the UN Security Council (UNSC) has the power to veto potential ICC cases; and 3) the Court isn’t a ‘genocide court’ or ‘war crimes tribunal’ – instead, it deals with ‘atrocity crimes’, as described here.
27 Oct 2016 | Security WatchAccording to Thomas Carothers, fragile states suffer from a common problem – systemic exclusion. In recent history, this pathology has manifested itself in the attempts by governments to close the political space available to their civil societies, which allegedly have been co-opted by “subversive” foreign supporters. Egypt and Uzbekistan are two cases in point.
27 Oct 2016 | CSS BlogIn today’s blog, Michael Chase and Jeffrey Engstrom face off against Roger Cliff on China’s ongoing military reforms. The two ‘optimists’ believe the reforms will help blunt corruption, strengthen civilian control over the PLA, and modernize the armed forces. Roger Cliff, in contrast, argues that the reforms won’t resolve two of the PLA’s most glaring weaknesses – its limited joint capabilities and the continued dominance of the army.
Oct 2016 | PublicationsIn this report, Don Rassler examines the next big step in terrorist tactics – i.e., the lethal and nonlethal use of drones and UAV technologies. More specifically, Rassler looks at 1) the advantages drones provide terrorist groups, particularly as offensive platforms; 2) how terrorist actors might mimic or repurpose the use of UAVs; and 3) the emerging technologies that will further complicate and expand the employment of drones for violent ends.
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In today’s video, Princeton University’s Markus Brunnermeier and Harold James 1) argue that the core problem with the Euro lies in the philosophical differences between the founding countries of the Eurozone, and 2) discuss how these seemingly incompatible differences can be reconciled to ensure Europe's survival.