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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on ‘formless warfare’; China’s blue water navy strategy and its implications; the Islamic State’s two-pronged assault on Turkey; criminal, religious and political radicalization in prisons; and the concept of sovereignty. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Brexit and European insecurity; the fundamental threats facing NATO; the role sexual violence played in the military dictatorships of Latin America; freedom’s definitional relationship to oppression; and the difficulties of negotiating with a dis-United Kingdom.
29 Mar 2017 | Security WatchSince turning against Turkey, the so-called Islamic State has conducted 23 terrorist attacks within the country, hatched 28 plots, and provoked 100 ‘arrest events’ by Turkish security forces. As Marielle Ness’ analysis further confirms, the attacks have targeted major cities and Turkey’s border areas with Syria; they’ve primarily relied on suicide bombers or rocket attacks against soft targets; and most of the assaults have been linked to the IS command structure in Syria. Oh, and there’s more.
29 Mar 2017 | Security WatchWhy was the sexual violence perpetrated by Latin American military dictatorships during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s an off limits topic for so many years? To answer the question, Mariana Joffily reflects on the particular nature of sexual crime; how memories of political violence have taken shape over the ensuing decades; and how the legal concept of gender violence has evolved, both internationally and within Latin American countries.
29 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkWhy have anti-globalization and anti-establishment movements proliferated in advanced democracies? In this analysis, Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Federico Steinberg highlight five reasons – i.e., a spike in large-scale xenophobia; the economic decline of middle classes; a growing disenchantment with representative democracy; the deterioration of welfare states; and the dislocating effects of advanced technologies.
Dec 2016 | PublicationsThe 12 articles in this edition of AUSTRAL, the Brazilian Journal of Strategy and International Relations, focus on defense issues, particularly in Asia and South America. The topics covered include the consolidation of North Korea as a nuclear power, Sino-Brazilian energy cooperation, maritime geopolitics in South American, Bolivarian foreign policy in the 2000s, Colombia’s transition from a ‘failed state’ to an exporter of security, and much more.
Our featured organization this week is the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), which is an independent think tank that 1) focuses on original, policy-focused research; 2) provides practical advice to all branches of the Polish government; 3) contributes to wider debates on transnational relations in Europe and beyond, and more.
In today’s video, Olivier Blanchard, who served as the Chief Economist of the IMF from 2008-2015, discusses the forces that are shaping the world’s advanced economies, and the uncertainties associated with them. The latter include the legacies of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, a general decrease in productivity growth, and the rise of populism and populist policies.