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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the global status of nuclear armaments; why US special operations forces failed to prevent the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Philippines; and China’s preemptive missile strike capabilities. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the European Commission’s proposed regulation on risk-preparedness in the energy sector; China’s counterspace strategy; and the risks and benefits of drawing lessons today from Thucydides’ 'History of the Peloponnesian War'.
21 Jul 2017 | Security WatchDoes China have the ability to carry out a successful preemptive missile strike against US and allied defenses in Asia? In this article, Thomas Shugart and Javier Gonzalez analyze China’s ballistic missile capabilities to answer this question and they contend their findings are deeply concerning. Indeed, they suggest their simulation of an attack reveals the potential for a devastation of US power projection forces and bases in the region.
21 Jul 2017 | Security WatchThucydides may be long dead, notes S N Jaffe, but his influence may even extend to the current Trump administration in the US. However, can or should this ancient Greek writer influence foreign policy today? In this text, Jaffe responds by 1) sketching out his interpretation of the character and purpose of Thucydides’ ´History of the Peloponnesian War´; and 2) discussing what lessons this great work still has to teach us, including about US-China relations.
21 Jul 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkIn this article, Geoff Burt and Matt Cohen highlight what lessons governments can learn from Canada’s countering violent extremism (CVE) strategy to combat against homegrown terrorism. These lessons include 1) that governments must actively support engagement and dialogue, including between communities and national security actors; 2) that law enforcement approaches must balance conventional counterterrorism activities with efforts to engage with engage with diaspora communities, and more.
Jun 2017 | PublicationsAccurate knowledge of maritime activities is vital for maritime security and economic development. This is a problem for the Western Indian Ocean, argues Christian Bueger, as the region has no reliable provider of such information. So what can be done to improve the situation? After reviewing the current state of affairs in the region, Bueger outlines that the answer may lie in, among other things, 1) simple low-tech solutions; 2) increased investment in key human resources; and 3) better coordination between regional maritime security programs and other initiatives.
Our featured partner this week is the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). The main objectives of the Institute are to 1) promote greater awareness and understanding about international politics, and 2) help spread democratic freedom and social justice.
Is war likely to happen in Asia over the next decade? In this video, a panel of experts tackles this question by reviewing the possible implications of China’s rise and its potential displacement of the US, historic regional rivalries, the forces driving Beijing to expand its military power at sea, and much more.