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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.
26 Sep 2016 | Security WatchFor over 30 years, one of Iran’s highest priorities has been to acquire greater missile capabilities. Well, despite having largely accomplished this end, Tehran still isn’t satisfied. Today, Bilal Saab and Michael Elleman explore its ambitious plans to expand the size, range and accuracy of its missile assets even further.
26 Sep 2016 | Security WatchA record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war, and half of them are children. In this analysis, the International Crisis Group focuses on the top ten countries driving this mass exodus, highlights the sources of their troubles, and insists that the international community should resettle at least 10% of the refugees each year.
26 Sep 2016 | CSS BlogSome degree of isolationism—“sovereignty” in official political parlance—is necessary for every authoritarian regime to survive. But elites and societies as a whole don’t want full-blown isolationism. That’s why Russia and other like-minded states advocate “authoritarian internationalism,” observes Yekaterina Schulmann. It provides them with useful quasi-democratic alliances.
Sep 2016 | PublicationsLike many others, Rodger Shanahan and Lydia Khalil expect a growing number of foreign fighters to leave Syria and Iraq in the future, especially after the collapse of the Islamic State’s sham caliphate. In this analysis, our two authors highlight the long-term security threats the cohort will pose, and propose specific ways to deal with them.
In today’s video, the ISS’ Tim Walker speculates on the decisions and agreements that might come out of next month’s African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development, which will occur in Lomé, Togo.