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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the security dynamics of the Indian Ocean; the future of the German Navy in the new European security environment; the jihadist mobilization of women in Spain from 2014 to 2016; the importance of infrastructure in counterinsurgency; and the costs of Australian warships over their service lives. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the difficulties associated with tracking conflict-related deaths; conflict-driven famine in Yemen; the ‘ leader for life syndrome’ of African heads of state; the EU’s sanctions policy towards Russia; and Africa’s economic past, present and future.
28 Apr 2017 | Security WatchAs the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) prepares to embark on major submarine and frigate shipbuilding programs, a question about the projected service lives of these systems becomes critical. Indeed, what’s preferable – a 30-year program with a planned upgrade or a 20-year operational life without an upgrade? To Alastair Cooper and James Mugg the question isn’t an esoteric one, particularly since the answer will dictate whether other parts of the RAN are optimized or not.
28 Apr 2017 | Security WatchUntil the 2000s, economists deplored the stagnant incomes, slow growth and uncertain development that marred Africa. As a result, they spent much of their time elaborating on the historical roots of these problems. So, with African economies growing for more than a decade now, and fuelling a counter-narrative of ‘Africa rising’, what do the analysts do now? Morten Jerven thinks they need to explain the development that has taken place and explore its future prospects.
28 Apr 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAccording to P K Fabian, April has been an eventful foreign policy month for Donald Trump. In fact, the President’s sparring with Basher al-Assad, Sergey Lavrov and Xi Jingping raises two questions – 1) does Trump actually have a set of core principles and convictions he subscribes to, and 2) is the neophyte President being both educated and tamed by his foreign policy establishment? Here’s what Fabian thinks.
27 Mar 2017 | PublicationsWhat are the dominant assumptions that have undergirded American grand strategy in the post-Cold War era? Are they now passé or do they merely need to be reinforced? According to Hal Brands et al, US leaders should address these questions by first interrogating and stress-testing the strategic assumptions that are currently in place, both at the global and regional levels. They should then take six specific steps to make American grand strategy and strategic planning more resilient.
Our featured partner this week is the Pacific Forum CSIS, which is a private, nonprofit foreign policy research institute that operates as the Asia-Pacific arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As part of its mission, it provides timely analyses of the strategic, political and security-centered developments that shape the Asia-Pacific region.
In today’s video, Yale University’s Timothy Snyder 1) highlights the multiple lessons he’s learned from the 20th century’s struggles with totalitarianism, and 2) wonders whether people might rely on them to combat the political illiberalism that exists today. As Snyder makes quite clear, the prescriptions range from the simple to the potentially inspiring.