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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the early conceptual development of hybrid warfare; the wisdom of updating NATO’s maritime strategy; the military tasks required by the new EU Global Strategy; how the so-called Islamic State globalized its bloody Ramadan campaign; and the economic dimensions of Russian security. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the ongoing struggle to reform the UN Security Council; the benefits Big Data can provide aid agencies; Germany’s new leadership role in the EU; the relationship between climate change and future food production; and what Europe can learn by comparing the TTP and TTIP.
26 Jul 2016 | Security WatchAccording to Steven Horrel and ohers, the Russian Navy is expanding its capabilities and increasingly challenging NATO at sea. Unfortunately, the Alliance’s current Maritime Strategy, which was approved in 2011, is mired in another time and place – i.e., an era defined by lower-end missions such as counter-piracy. What NATO needs to do now, our authors conclude, is to respond to Russia’s muscle-flexing with a new strategy that emphasizes high-end naval warfighting.
26 Jul 2016 | Security WatchIn this publication, Olivier Mukarji spells out the ways aid agencies might use Big Data to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities, particularly in fragile areas beset by low-level conflicts and high degrees of mistrust. The marriage of M&E and Big D won’t work, however, unless “beneficiary validation” is part of a human-centered design.
26 Jul 2016 | CSS BlogIn this question and answer session, Stacey Philbrick Yadav largely focuses her attention on the conflict in Yemen, to include its origins; the present status of the Houthis and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; the roles being played by external actors; the dubious progress of the Kuwait peace talks, and much more.
Mar 2016 | PublicationsIn this text, Vincent Boulanin focuses on 1) the nascent debate over how to regulate the use of lethal autonomous weapons systems; 2) what direction the debate might take in the future; and 3) what the EU can do to engage more proactively in the process.
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In today’s video, Latin America experts Cynthia Arnson and Michael McCarthy update us on events in Colombia and Venezuela, including Bogota’s nearly completed peace agreement and the Maduro administration’s ongoing troubles.