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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the further professionalization of international police forces; the evolution of war and conflict in Africa; the potential role of women in NATO Special Operations Forces; the military dimensions of state power in the Great Lakes region of Africa; and Europe’s indirect impact on military security in East Asia. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the ability of investment treaties to undermine human rights; NATO’s precarious solidarity; the levels of public support terrorism receives in Muslim majority countries; the prospects of an independent Iraqi Kurdistan; and the unfolding famine in Northeast Nigeria.
22 May 2017 | Security WatchOf the 90 or so countries that contribute police personnel to international assistance missions, only a handful – Australia, Finland, Germany, and to a certain extent Norway – conduct systematic post-deployment analyses in order to prepare future teams more effectively. This practice needs to expand, argue Kari Osland and Marina Caparini. In fact, it’s time to create formal “knowledge-management mechanisms” that will better prepare police personnel for their duties, both at the UN and national levels.
22 May 2017 | Security WatchSam Fowles is unhappy about the Investment Protection Provisions (IPPs) that now exist in international trade and investment treaties. Whereas their original purpose was to ensure the fair treatment of investors by states, ‘second generation’ IPPs have metastasized into entitlements that frequently put the interests of investors ahead of the need to protect human rights. Here’s Fowles’ uncomfortable tale and why it should be remembered in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
22 May 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkSuat Kınıklıoğlu doesn’t mince words here. As he sees it, Turkey and Russia have both turned towards an ‘aggrieved nativism’ that delegitimizes all forms of democratic opposition. The nativism is “nationalist, anti-elitist, protectionist, revanchist/irredentist, xenophobic and ‘macho.’” It also shows that since the end of the Cold War, both countries have failed to be at peace with themselves; adjust to their neighboring regions; and come to terms with their respective histories.
May 2017 | PublicationsThis text looks at two sides of the same coin – i.e., how the global multilateral system might harness the power of new technologies to further peace, security and development, and yet also blunt the inequalities, governance problems and conflict potentials that spring from the same source. To facilitate all these efforts, the paper’s authors recommend that the UN should 1) formally recognize the Internet and big data as global public goods; 2) consolidate a multilateral space for innovation and technology, and more.
Our featured partner this week is the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre), which is a private diplomacy-oriented organization that's founded on the principles of 'humanity, impartiality and independence'. Its specific mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
In today’s video, the authors of IISS’ “Armed Conflict Survey 2017” summarize their review of 36 conflicts around the world, to include their political, military and humanitarian dimensions. Of particular interest in this year’s text are 1) the challenges UN peacekeeping faces in the 21st century; 2) the impact of conflict-related sexual violence; and 3) the changing foundations of governance by non-state armed groups.