Dear Patron: The Resources portion of the CSS website is the successor to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN). As in the case of its predecessor, the fundamental purpose of the Resources section is outreach -- i.e., it features the publications and analyses of CSS experts, external partners and like-minded institutions in order to promote further dialogue on important international relations and security-related issues.
This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the concept of ‘fairness’ in nuclear disarmament; Iran’s new way of war, particularly in Syria; the rise of Uyghur militancy in and beyond Southeast Asia; the navy the US actually needs; and the political violence that marred Africa during 2016. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the necessary link between the 2015 Paris Agreement and climate engineering; the interplay between public protests and politics in Armenia; the potential impact of the OSCE on European security; Philippine President Duterte’s troubles with a Maoist insurgency; and how the UNSC can help improve climate-sensitive decision making.
17 Feb 2017 | Security WatchThis rundown of the political violence that occurred in Africa during 2016 yields three broad lessons: 1) The crisis points on the continent – Libya, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria – continued to produce significant violence; 2) under-reported crises in Burundi, Mozambique, Ethiopia, etc., led to a substantial amount of bloodshed; and 3) one-size-fits-all data analyses of these trends produce poor results. Read on for all the details.
17 Feb 2017 | Security WatchIn this brief, Camilla Born discusses the actions the UN Security Council (UNSC) might take to address climate-related security risks. She specifically looks at 1) the status of the global approach towards climate-related risk management, as laid out by the 2015 Paris Agreement; 2) the history of climate security debates within the UNSC; 3) the approaches the Security Council has previously adopted towards conflict prevention and how they might apply to climate security, and much more.
17 Feb 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAs Omar Mahmood sees it, Boko Haram’s activities in 2016 represent a good news, bad news story. On the positive side, offensive attacks by the group declined by 29%, casualties dropped by 73%, and the number of casualties per attack was a mere 5. On the negative side, 52% of the organization's attacks occurred outside of Nigeria, which confirms that it’s a regional threat that is currently down but not out.
Dec 2016 | PublicationsIn this text, Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham looks at the fragmentation that’s created by multiple-actor conflicts and the consequences that typically ensue. More specifically, she discusses 1) how to define and identify fragmentation and its causes; 2) the impact the phenomenon has on conflict dynamics; 3) the different strategies mediators and other third party actors have used in response to shattered environments; and 4) the challenges fragmentation poses to the unstable periods that inevitably follow peace settlements.
Our featured partner this week is the Research Centre for East European Studies (FSO, Forschungsstelle Osteuropa), which is an independent institute that's attached to the University of Bremen. Its charter is to 1) examine the societies and cultures that once made up Europe's Eastern Bloc, 2) analyze their ongoing transformation, and 3) explore the contemporary developments that are occurring in their midst.