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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the early conceptual development of hybrid warfare; the wisdom of updating NATO’s maritime strategy; the military tasks required by the new EU Global Strategy; how the so-called Islamic State globalized its bloody Ramadan campaign; and the economic dimensions of Russian security. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the ongoing struggle to reform the UN Security Council; the benefits Big Data can provide aid agencies; Germany’s new leadership role in the EU; the relationship between climate change and future food production; and what Europe can learn by comparing the TTP and TTIP.
28 Jul 2016 | Security WatchIt has become a perverse tradition for the so-called Islamic State (IS) to compound its murderous violence during the lunar month of Ramadan. Almost no one, however, predicted the bloodletting that occurred this year. According to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Nathaniel Barr, that’s because the terrorist attacks were indeed part of a coordinated and deliberate ten-country IS assault.
28 Jul 2016 | Security WatchThe decision is obviously ours, argues Laura Kanji. We can run into a climate brick wall or, in the case of food production, we can adapt to changing conditions by 1) investing in improved packaging, diversification, and transportation; 2) instituting aid-driven trade programs; 3) maintaining stable prices, and more. Applying these measures won’t be easy, Kanji admits, but here’s how we start.
28 Jul 2016 | CSS BlogIn kleptocracies, which are synonymous with “government by thieves,” risk is nationalized and rewards are privatized. Today, Karl Gershman takes a hard look at the nexus between state-level theft and authoritarianism, the prevalence of “Family, Inc.” entities which we wrongly call states, the sullying effect of tainted money on other countries, and more.
18 Jul 2016 | PublicationsThis publication includes six interviews that offer intimate insights into the daily work of mediators and the peacemaking issues that currently matter to them. The text zeros in on 1) how the peacemaking field has tried to adapt to the changing nature of conflict; 2) the impact of recent international legal developments on peace-centered practices; 3) how to preserve peacemaking spaces, etc.
The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) is part of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Its multi-part mission is to provide a forum for scholarship and research on international and regional affairs; encourage the in-depth examination and exchange of ideas; and foster thoughtful dialogue among students, scholars and practitioners of international affairs.
The deconstructionism practiced by Jacques Derrida remains controversial, as does his critique of violence. In today’s video, Gregg Lambert zeros in on the latter topic and the thinking of one of the premier French thinkers of the second half of the 20th century.