Dear Patron: The Resources portion of the CSS website is the successor to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN). As in the case of its predecessor, the fundamental purpose of the Resources section is outreach -- i.e., it features the publications and analyses of CSS experts, external partners and like-minded institutions in order to promote further dialogue on important international relations and security-related issues.
This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the so-called genocide taboo; what the Iran nuclear agreement can teach us about dealing with North Korea; the growing international movement against killer robots; the Canadian Army’s complex relationship with “core competencies”; and the 2016 Global Militarization Index. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Turkey’s growing entanglement with terrorism; China’s 2016 Space White Paper; the rural tactics of jihadists operating in the Sahel; the changing nature of warfare in the Middle East and North Africa; and France’s currently pivotal role in Europe.
19 Jan 2017 | Security WatchIn this article, Chris Young focuses on the Canadian Army’s recent adoption of the core competencies concept, which highlights “the most important functions or groups of functions that define the basic purpose of the Army of Tomorrow.” After reviewing the history of the concept, Young then takes the measure of the core competency frameworks that have been adopted by the US military and others.
19 Jan 2017 | Security WatchIt may not be easy to trace the evolving nature of warfare in the MENA region, but there are worrying trends. Tony Cordesman thinks they include 1) four existing (and uncertain) wars; 2) Iran’s involvement in three major military build-ups and arms races; 3) new forms of North African and Arab-Israeli conflict; 4) the changing role of outside powers, and much more.
19 Jan 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAccording to Steven Cook, it’s unlikely that Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD), including its fighting force, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), will realize their dream of an independent Kurdish State. Iraq’s Kurds, however, may be in a far better position to press for their independence. Here are the reasons why.
14 Dec 2016 | PublicationsIn this paper, Ross Babbage examines 1) China’s maritime strategy in the Western Pacific, with a particular emphasis on its military construction projects in the South China Sea, and 2) the timid and ineffectual responses to these moves by the US and its allies. Babbage ultimately concludes that Washington and its partners need to develop a coherent strategy that will blunt Beijing’s expansionism and explains how that might be done.
Our featured partner this week is Chatham House (i.e., the Royal Institute of International Affairs). It’s an independent, international affairs-centered think tank and membership organization that among other things engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its own members in open debates and confidential discussions about significant developments in international affairs.
From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges, says Yale's Wendell Wallach. What's more, by 2034, 47% of US jobs & 69% of Chinese jobs may all be done by machines. In today’s video, Wallach explores how societies should cope with these trends and what role global governance should play in dealing with them?