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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the global terror threat the incoming Trump administration faces; NATO’s available limited nuclear strike options; what causes nonviolent Islamist groups to turn into violent ones and vice versa; applying the concepts of sea power to the ocean of space; and what the next Sunni insurgency in Iraq will look like. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the relationship between water security, conflict and cooperation; rising protests in Africa and what they portend; the prospects for climate change cooperation in the wake of the US presidential election; the dangers of an India-Pakistan crisis; and NATO's need for a new Strategic Concept.
6 Dec 2016 | Security WatchWhat limited nuclear strike capability should NATO adopt? After reviewing the available options, Matthew Kroenig recommends investing in a short-range, air-to-surface nuclear-armed cruise missile that would be delivered by dual-capable aircraft. Such a weapon would 1) provide a credible response to a limited Russian nuclear strike, and 2) link European security to US strategic forces at reasonable economic and diplomatic costs.
6 Dec 2016 | Security WatchIn this paper, Valerie Arnould, Aleksandra Tor and Alice Vervaeke look at the often violent protests that have rocked Africa since the mid-2000s, particularly in South Africa and Ethiopia. The reasons for this recent trend are dispiritingly familiar – income inequality, the ersatz nature of democratic reforms, endemic corruption, and much more.
6 Dec 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkHere’s how Alan Tidwell sees it. Although people may perceive Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s behavior as both erratic and destructive, his conduct is less bizarre if it’s 1) framed within the political culture of Mindanao, where Duterte honed his political skills, and 2) perceived as a reaction to the broader problems the Philippines now faces.
Nov 2016 | PublicationsWhat does the future hold for Africa’s cities? What drives urbanization on the continent and how does it interact with socio-economic development? In addition to answering these questions, Julia Bello-Schünemann and Ciara Aucoin explore the tests that await Africa’s current and emerging megacities, which include exclusion and inequality, urban violence, poor governance, and the need for sustained economic growth.
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) strives to create greater awareness about the socio-economic factors that lead to more peaceful societies. It contributes to this goal by 1) developing new conceptual frameworks to define peace; 2) providing metrics for measuring peaceful states; and 3) uncovering the relationships that exist between peace, business and prosperity.
From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges, says Yale's Wendell Wallach. What's more, by 2034, 47% of US jobs and 69% of Chinese jobs may all be done by machines. In today’s video, Wallach explores how societies should cope with these trends and what role global governance should play in dealing with them?