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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the lingering Responsibility to Protect (R2P) issues raised by NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya; the role of killer robots in future warfare; the relationship between undemocratic Salafism and the terrorist threat in Europe; the ongoing crisis in Burundi; and how to reestablish state authority in peace operations settings. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the hybrid nature of diplomacy in the 21st century; the first 100 days of Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev; the use of coercive diplomacy in The Gambia; how contested histories are undermining the rebuilding of trust in European security; and the possibility of Europe having to plan for a future in which the US is less willing to assume a leadership role in addressing international problems.
24 Mar 2017 | Security WatchPeace Operations and Prevention for Sustaining Peace: The Restoration and Extension of State AuthorityAccording to Youssef Mahmoud and Delphine Mechoulan, peace operations shouldn’t just focus on preventing the repetition of violence. They should also be designed and implemented to help build self-sustaining peace, which requires the restoration and extension of state authority. But wait, which authority or authorities are these peace operations expected to reestablish and for what purpose? Here’s what our authors think.
24 Mar 2017 | Security WatchIn this Strategic Trends 2017 chapter, Jack Thompson argues that the election of Donald Trump, and the emergence of his America First credo, promises a world where the US will not pursue an internationalist foreign policy. As a result, Europe would do well to begin planning for a future in which the US is more skeptical of alliances and trade agreements and less willing to assume a leadership role in resolving international problems.
24 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkSince Colombia ratified a revised peace accord to end the country’s decades-long insurgency, FARC rebels have moved rapidly to ad hoc cantonment sites where they will demobilize under UN supervision. But according to Kyle Johnson, the FARC leadership’s commitment to the deal is starting to waver under the pressure being exerted by elements within its rank and file. Here are the details.
Mar 2017 | PublicationsThe four articles in this publication concentrate on Japan’s peacebuilding policies and practices over the past several decades. They specifically focus on 1) the evolution of peacebuilding as a concept and how Japan, given its military constraints, adapted to it; 2) the actual contributions of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to UN Peacekeeping missions; 3) the leverage Tokyo has in Southeast Asia to promote peace and stability; and 4) the development of Japan’s peacebuilding activities in Africa.
Our featured partner this week is swisspeace, which is a practically-minded organization that strives to 1) build up local and international peacebuilding capacities, and 2) shape political and academic discourses on peace policy. It accomplishes these ends by performing and publishing research analyses, conducting various types of training, and providing a common space for personal networking, knowledge transfers, and the exchange of experiences.
In today’s video, Graham Allison, Samantha Power and Niall Ferguson grapple with the above question. The trap, if you recall, is actually an assertion: “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.”