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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on Iran’s conventional missile program; the need for a stakeholder-centric counterinsurgency doctrine; Azerbaijan’s readjusted security policy; the cutting-edge military technologies DARPA is pursuing; and the status of secession in international politics. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the factors behind the global refugee crisis; the so-called Islamic State’s presence in Pakistan; the frayed edges of international law; the contested utility of EU Special Representatives; and whether secession is justified, particularly in the case of Kashmir.
30 Sep 2016 | Security WatchIn recent history there have been 55 secessionist movements around the world, and many more that have not yet mobilized. Yes, it’s possible to say that we are living in an age of secession. But what’s propelling this push for self-determination? Today, Ryan Griffiths highlights three interacting factors – the interests of states; the international recognition regime; and the specific strategies of secessionist movements.
30 Sep 2016 | Security WatchOne can argue that the Kashmir region has the right to secede from India, observes Neera Chandhoke, particularly because the Indian Constitution has long denied Jammu’s and Kashmir’s special status. However, Chandhoke also believes that the area’s unqualified right to secede remains morally and politically “troublesome.” Here’s what she means.
30 Sep 2016 | CSS BlogIt’s estimated that between 5,000—7,000 Russian-speaking jihadists have made the language the second most popular one in the self-proclaimed Islamic State, after Arabic. That tells you something about the growing popularity of jihad in Russia, says Leon Aron. He points to 6.5 million marginalized migrants from Central Asia and Azerbaijan, widespread jailhouse conversions, and spiritually lost young men as some of the reasons why.
Sep 2016 | PublicationsIn this paper, Enzo Nussio explores the degree to which demobilized paramilitary group members and guerrilla deserters have contributed to Colombia’s high incidence of criminal violence. Among other things, he concludes that 1) the involvement of ex-combatants is too small to impact the country’s overall criminal dynamics, and 2) obsessing over the possible criminal activities of ex-combatants may distract policy-makers from focusing on more vulnerable groups.