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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the so-called genocide taboo; what the Iran nuclear agreement can teach us about dealing with North Korea; the growing international movement against killer robots; the Canadian Army’s complex relationship with “core competencies”; and the 2016 Global Militarization Index. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Turkey’s growing entanglement with terrorism; China’s 2016 Space White Paper; the rural tactics of jihadists operating in the Sahel; the changing nature of warfare in the Middle East and North Africa; and France’s currently pivotal role in Europe.
20 Jan 2017 | Security WatchThe Global Militarization Index (GMI) highlights “the relative weight and importance of a country’s military apparatus in relation to its society as a whole.” Of the 152 countries analyzed in 2016, the most militarized ones are, in order, Israel, Singapore, Armenia, Jordan Russia, South Korea, Cyprus, Greece, Azerbaijan and Brunei. Max Mutschler provides the details here.
20 Jan 2017 | Security WatchJérémie Gallon and Jeff Lightfoot believe France has a pivotal role to play in creating a stronger European Union and reinforcing the transatlantic alliance. The reason Paris holds this position, our authors continue, is because its geopolitical power in Europe is unique. It draws on a positive legacy of global leadership, rich diplomatic ties and global military reach, universal aspirations and cultural influence, and economic heft.
20 Jan 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘bromance’ with China is part of a vacillating pattern, argues Chu Yin. Since the founding of the Third Republic of the Philippines in 1946, there have been six distinct periods of Sino‐Philippine relations. In this blog, Chin describes them and speculates on what the latest one portends for the future.
Jan 2017 | PublicationsIn this paper, Paula Cristina Roque and Remember Miamingi look at the limitations of the 2015 Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS), which established a flawed peace in the country. While exploring this topic, the authors also 1) explain why violence exploded in Juba last summer, and 2) highlight the numerous problems that are hobbling the creation of a more sustainable peace.
Our featured partner this week is Chatham House (i.e., the Royal Institute of International Affairs). It’s an independent, international affairs-centered think tank and membership organization that among other things engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its own members in open debates and confidential discussions about significant developments in international affairs.
In today’s video, former UK Foreign Secretary Lord William Hague and others summarize a RUSI study that explores the relationship between poaching, wildlife trafficking and security in Africa.