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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on Russia’s new national guard corps; a Clausewitzian approach to hybrid warfare; the new power couple in the Middle East – Russia and Iran; the political economy of the so-called Islamic State’s decline, and how the Syrian Civil War might end for Hezbollah. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the military implications of China’s quantum satellite experiments; the fractured progress towards a global peace and security agenda; the probability of Iran reinitiating its nuclear weapons program in the mid-term; atrocity prevention through dialogue, and the rise of Europe's radical right.
23 Sep 2016 | Security WatchAccording to Benedetta Berti, a combination of self-interest, personal ties, and geopolitical considerations led Hezbollah to conclude that the survival of Bashar al-Assad was in its own strategic interests. But how does the group want the Syrian Civil War to end? Is its best bet to accept a “frozen outcome” that combines the Assad regime’s survival with the Lebanese group’s control of a “friendly” area of influence?
23 Sep 2016 | Security WatchEurope’s far-right parties have become part and parcel of the region’s politics, observe Alina Polyakova and Anton Shekhovtsov. One of the reasons why is that they have reinvented themselves as defenders of “true” European values against the encroachment of both non-European foreigners and the EU elite in Brussels. This message, however, hasn’t struck a universal chord, as illustrated by the fringe parties in Romania and the Czech Republic.
23 Sep 2016 | CSS BlogWithin a 24-hour period last week, Philippine President Roberto Duterte ordered his defense secretary to 1) start working with China and Russia against drug traffickers and insurgents, and 2) cease joint patrols in the South China Sea with the US Navy. Then, cooler heads stepped in, as Patrick Cronin and Anthony Woon Cho describe here.
Sep 2016 | PublicationsAs Rod Lyon sees it, the rapid spread of nuclear modernization programs in Asia is redefining the region’s geopolitics, but that doesn’t mean that nuclear weapons will necessarily become more prominent in the strategic calculus of the area’s powers. As part of his analysis, Lyon additionally looks at 1) the complexities of the South Asian nuclear dynamic; 2) how the “balanced deterrence” that exists between the US and China could shape Asia’s future nuclear order; and 3) the wildcard role North Korea’s nuclear program continues to play in the region.
The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) provides timely research, analyses and information that focus on the African continent. In fulfilling its responsibilities, largely for the benefit of the Scandinavian region, the NAI also labors to strengthen the cooperation between researchers from these two parts of the world.
In today’s video, Daniel Drezner, Michael Mandelbaum and David Milne provide a retrospective review of the Obama administration‘s foreign policy, to include its successes and failures and the issues that will most likely come to define President Obama’s legacy.