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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on ‘formless warfare’; China’s blue water navy strategy and its implications; the Islamic State’s two-pronged assault on Turkey; criminal, religious and political radicalization in prisons; and the concept of sovereignty. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Brexit and European insecurity; the fundamental threats facing NATO; the role sexual violence played in the military dictatorships of Latin America; freedom’s definitional relationship to oppression; and the difficulties of negotiating with a dis-United Kingdom.
28 Mar 2017 | Security WatchWill China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), which has grown into a local giant, also become a blue water armada that operates continuously in the Pacific and/or Indian Oceans? Yoji Koda believes that this influence-expanding goal has a major drawback – i.e., maritime chokepoints that are vulnerable to interdiction by a number of other nations, most importantly the United States.
28 Mar 2017 | Security WatchDespite the impressive adjustments it has made against a revanchist Russia, Martin Zapfe believes NATO’s overall defense position remains weak. In the near-term, for example, the Alliance will have to cope with the strategic divergences that are bedeviling European and transatlantic relations. While regionalization and greater European investments in defense might offer some respite, the stage is set for potentially serious rifts in future crises.
28 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkHow will ISIS’ fate in Syria and Iraq impact the group’s future relations with other extremist bands in Africa? According to Joseph Siegel, we must remember that the threat from violent Islamist groups on the continent is not monolithic. For the most part, these groups are geographically concentrated and focused on local territorial or political objectives. As a result, the impact of a transplanted ISIS will vary, as Siegel details here.
3 Mar 2017 | PublicationsHow does working in active conflict zones affect humanitarian operations and their ability to provide aid? To answer this question, the authors of this text focus on four case studies and conclude that 1) humanitarian operations are indeed "highly determined" by conditions on the ground; 2) the relief provided does not necessarily coincide with the requirements of the moment; and 3) aid coverage is often skewed in favor of areas under the control of Western-supported parties.
Our featured organization this week is the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), which is an independent think tank that 1) focuses on original, policy-focused research; 2) provides practical advice to all branches of the Polish government; 3) contributes to wider debates on transnational relations in Europe and beyond, and more.
Global water resources are becoming critically stressed in historically unprecedented ways. Indeed, by 2025, the UN predicts that 1.8 billion people – 22% of the global population – will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity. In today’s video, Joshua Busby and Michael Tiboris discuss what such deprivation might mean for global security and stability.