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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on 10 important acquisition programs that might be “distorted” because of the US Department of Defense’s budget woes; Tunisia’s growing vulnerability to the so-called Islamic State; the composition and behavior of the Syrian Democratic Forces; when, why and how refugees become receptive to militant messaging; and the potential impact of emerging Chinese surveillance and strike complexes. Then, in our second SW series, we look at what Europe can expect from Germany´s evolving migration policy; the current status of the European Parliament; the impact of Russia’s compatriot policy on Estonia’s Russian population; Europe’s current energy dynamics; and whether Russia and China are “gaming” the West.
2 Dec 2016 | Security WatchWould a future US-China conflict in Asia pit the US AirSea Battle concept – now referred to as the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons – against China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities? While this characterization may be too symmetrical for its own good, Frank Hoffman and Austin Hale believe Beijing’s capabilities represent a decisive, asymmetric, and long-term threat to US interests in the region.
2 Dec 2016 | Security WatchECFR’s “China Analysis” series provides a window into the foreign policy debates within the country. The short articles in this edition focus on the “axis of convenience” between China and Russia – i.e., they look at the possibility of a newly minted alliance treaty between the two countries; Beijing’s possible role in Moscow’s military strategy; Sino-Russian economic competition and cooperation, and more.
2 Dec 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkIt’s a straightforward story, says Natalia Duarte. Illegal gold exchanges between the global North and South are fuelling violence and exploitation, but most consumers are oblivious to the problem. Worse yet, not only does illegal gold mining adversely affect a country’s tax revenues, it also involves human trafficking—particularly of children—and the perpetuation of conflict by funding armed groups. Here are the details.
Nov 2016 | PublicationsIn this paper, Bryan Clark and Jesse Sloman argue that the US military’s amphibious forces require new operating concepts and capabilities if they hope to circumvent or defeat increasingly effective coastal defenses. In response to these problems, the text’s authors lay out a new strategic approach that the US Navy and Marine Corps might follow. It emphasizes expeditionary advanced bases, preliminary raids to assure access, blockades and much more.
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) is a research organization that focuses on current international relations, with a particular interest in the EU. As part of its charter, FIIA pursues an active publications program and organizes noteworthy domestic and international events.
In today’s video, Mohamed El-Erian argues that central banks have been unable to foster high inclusive growth and durable financial stability. As a result, the global economy is nearing a crossroads. One road leads to recovery and prosperity, while the other one winds toward recession and continued instability. Here’s what El-Erian believes we must do—both individually and collectively—to ensure we take the right road.