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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.
7 Dec 2016 | Security WatchAs Arian Sharifi sees it, when an Islamist group decides to use violence, it’s typically the result of rational cost-benefit calculations rather than ideological fanaticism. The calculations, in turn, are determined by three factors: relative access to political power; the nature of government repression; and access to war-making resources. Here’s how all this applies to present-day Afghanistan.
7 Dec 2016 | Security WatchPaul Rogers believes President-elect Trump is bad news for climate governance and the minimization of carbon emissions. He’s also convinced that US obstinacy will 1) not get very far with a determined world; 2) most likely damage the US’ global reputation and its economy; and 3) wrongly ignore the technological advances and commercial opportunities that are springing up around “green energy.”
7 Dec 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkMilitary power is not organic or constant, observe Paul Scharre and Lauren Fish. It requires investment, innovation, and maintenance. To accomplish these ends and build up the US military, the new Trump administration will need to 1) increase defense spending and support it with predictable planning; 2) adapt military capabilities to emerging challenges; and 3) reform the way the US Department of Defense operates.
28 Nov 2016 | PublicationsThis report describes how the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014 led to political instability, resurgent violence and the further expansion of Israeli settlements. The text also contends that in order to improve his successors’ peace-making chances, President Obama should push for a new UN Security Council resolution that sets out the parameters for a two-state settlement.
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.
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has expanded its security commitments and tried to bring as many states as possible into a US-led liberal world order. That strategy—sometimes dubbed “liberal hegemony”—has repeatedly failed. In today’s video, Stephen Walt argues that Washington should return to its earlier strategy of “offshore balancing” and focus on three key regions: Europe, Northeast Asia, and the Persian Gulf.