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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.
30 Mar 2017 | Security WatchCriminal, Religious and Political Radicalisation in Prisons: Exploring the Cases of Romania, Russia and Pakistan, 1996-2016In this article, Siarhei Bohdan and Gumer Isaev analyze how and why prisons radicalize their inmates. As part of their analysis, our authors examine existing penal practices in Romania, Russia and Pakistan in order to gauge the degree of criminalization and/or ideological transformation that occurs in their detention centers.
30 Mar 2017 | Security WatchSo, just what is freedom? Is it best defined by Isaiah Berlin's concept of non-interference, Philip Pettit’s idea of non-domination, or Nancy Hirschmann's constructivist emphasis on the ability to choose? Maria Elias gives these approaches their due, but ultimately links freedom to non-oppression. After all, “Reading freedom from the 'key' of oppression allows us to think of not only 'spaces' of freedom, but also who is free.”
30 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkWhile International Atomic Energy Agency reports have clearly identified human error as a key contributor to the Fukushima disaster, Julius Cesar Trajano confirms that East Asian states have failed to address the problem effectively. In response, organizations such as ASEAN’s Network of Regulatory Bodies on Atomic Energy (ASEANTOM) must include human factors training and development in the joint activities, technical workshops, and meetings they conduct.
29 Sep 2016 | PublicationsWhen Does a Child ´Participate Actively in Hostilities´ under the Rome Statute? Protecting Children from Use in Hostilities after LubangaWhen can an individual be held accountable by the International Criminal Court for (mis)using children in open conflicts? Indeed, where is the legal tipping point? To answer this question, Joshua Yuvaraj first analyzes the applicable portions of international law and how they were applied in the case against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, the former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots. Yuvaraj then recommends ways to plug the gaps that still exist in parts of the law.
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.