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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’s History of the Peloponnesian War.
19 Jul 2017 | Security WatchIn May, militants linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS) seized a city of over 200,000 people in the Southern Philippines. For Cole Livieratos, this development was not just a major failure for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He argues it also highlighted a significant problem in the culture of the US’ special operations community, which gives too much priority to combat operations at the expense of necessary information programs.
19 Jul 2017 | Security WatchAccording to Brian Chow, China’s counterspace strategy goes far beyond the customary goal of producing of better ground-based direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile capabilities. To demonstrate his case, in this article Chow reviews 1) four key ongoing developments that highlight the pillars of this strategy; and 2) how China is taking advantage of the inertia in the US’ national security space strategy to strengthen its own position.
19 Jul 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkIs it likely that Germany or the UK will give on their dependence on US defense? Not according to Daniel Keohane. For instance, he suggests that 1) even if Germany increases military spending to meet NATO’s goal of 2 percent of GDP, there’s no guarantee the country will become more militarily active; and 2) the British exit from the EU will push London even closer to Washington. If this is true of Germany and the UK, says Keohane, why should we expect other Europeans to go their own way on defense?
Jul 2017 | PublicationsThis issue of the Canadian Military Journal focuses on 1) Russia´s employment of hybrid warfare; 2) the ideology used by North Korea´s ruling regime to legitimize its rule and possession of nuclear weapons; 3) child suicide bombers in Afghanistan; 4) the evolution of high energy laser weapon systems; 5) the relationship between environmental sustainability, ethics and war, and more.
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.