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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the humanitarian impact of Nigerian military operations against Boko Haram in the Bama region; Russia’s military use of artificial fog; the recent deployment of Russian fighter aircraft in Iran, and more. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the divisions in ASEAN over the South China Sea arbitration decision; the relationship between strategic studies and conflict resolution; the ouster of Iraq’s defense minister, and more again.
30 Aug 2016 | Security WatchRussian armed forces blanketed the closed city of Severomorsk with “fog” on August 10-12. So, were they testing an aerosol’s ability to conceal naval assets? Or were they testing its anti-radiation, chemical and biological protection capabilities? These questions are certainly germane, but so are the broader ones that analyze the role of obscurants in war, argues John Haines.
30 Aug 2016 | Security WatchWhat’s the difference between strategic studies and conflict resolution? Why do these two disciplines need to adapt to the changing patterns of contemporary violence? And finally, how can both approaches mutually inform each other? Today, Oliver Ramsbotham tackles these analytical questions and more.
30 Aug 2016 | CSS BlogAs the testimonies of survivors of sexual violence in Sri Lanka’s 30-year war enter the public domain and the government puts transitional justice mechanisms in place, are the perpetrators of these crimes finally going to be held accountable? That will depend on whether the victims come forward and actually use the mechanisms, argues Chulani Kodikara.
24 Aug 2016 | PublicationsThis report examines how local governments, agricultural advisory services, and natural resource management agencies are responding to climate change in the above nations. The text’s authors particularly focus on 1) the many disconnects that exist between the global climate change agenda and local practices, and 2) the impact climate change could have on existing social contracts and notions of state legitimacy.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a nongovernmental institution that promotes conflict resolution, internal and external dialogue, and institutional development. ACCORD also strives to develop specifically African solutions for African problems, primarily through its mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, and training efforts.
Ten years after Hezbollah's 34-day war with Israel, the Iranian-backed Shiite militia is embroiled in yet another costly military campaign. In today’s video, Nadav Pollak and Hanin Ghaddar discuss the group's evolution since joining the fight in Syria.