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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on four possible doomsday scenarios for Europe’s post-2014 policy towards Russia; the expected ‘race for Syria’ after the demise of the Islamic State; how to enhance NATO-EU cooperation; the US Army’s not-so-new Multi-Domain Battle concept; and the rapidly approaching endgame in Venezuela. Then, in our second SW series, we look at how an influential American journal analyzes US foreign policy; the nascent ‘Europe of Security’ concept; how to implement sustainable peace solutions in a volatile world; the dissimilar approaches George W Bush and Barack Obama took towards the Middle East; and the roles business and private diplomacy can play as catalysts for sustainable peace.
29 Jun 2017 | Security WatchHere we go again. There’s a buzz in the air that the US Army and Marine Corps are well on their way to developing a new concept for future war. Well, Shmuel Shmuel disagrees. What he sees in the six discernible themes of the Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) idea is an attempt to go ‘back to the future’. Indeed, one might argue that the only ‘fresh’ parts of MDB are the emphases on operationally scaled, distributed maneuver and temporary superiority, but they’re not particularly novel either.
29 Jun 2017 | Security WatchThe conflict resolution strategies of the above two US Presidents were indeed different in the Middle East. Barack Obama’s Wilsonian response to his predecessor’s neorealism led to a nuclear non-proliferation deal with Iran, the partial withdrawal of US troops from the region, and US military operations that complied with international law. But as Aneta Hlavsová sees it, Obama’s most significant impact was to shift how multiple stakeholders perceived the balance of power in the Middle East.
29 Jun 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkThe Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), which is the ‘sharp end’ of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), earned its stripes in 2013 when it helped the DRC Army defeat the Rwanda-backed M23 Rebels. These days, however, the FIB is being hamstrung by politics and renewed concerns about the role of force in peace operations. Peter Fabricius has the details here.
Jun 2017 | PublicationsIs the networked security architecture that’s materializing in the Asia-Pacific region a positive development? Absolutely, say the American authors of this text. Moving beyond isolated hub-and-spoke ties towards a more densely connected security network will save money, uphold the current regional rules-based order, and serve the interests of the US and its allies. Additionally, the burgeoning system will permit more flexible security relationships in different guises.
In today’s video, Mathieu Boulegue explores the current state and anticipated evolution of Russia’s military-industrial complex (MIC). He specifically grapples with 1) the opaque and complicated decision-making processes within the MIC; 2) the growing ‘civilianization’ of Russia’s defense industry; 3) the recent evolution of industrial strategies in the defense sector; and 4) the pending State Armament Program for 2017-2025.