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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the reliability of proxies in Syria; the dubious utility of “lessons learned” approaches to studying war; the recruiting of child soldiers in Africa; the South China Sea arbitration decision; and the ethical questions surrounding autonomous weapon systems. Then, in our SW series, we look at the EU’s role in helping precipitate the Brexit; Turkey’s current political Game of Thrones; the “three speeds” of the Venezuelan crisis; how the Ebola epidemic affected the politics and stability of the Mano River Basin; and the unfolding geopolitical impact of China in Latin America.
24 Aug 2016 | Security WatchEven though 40% of all child soldiers are active on the African continent, Anne-Lynn-Dudehefer isn’t interested in “Africanizing” a global phenomenon or “pathologizing” African conflicts. Instead, her desire in this article is to answer two questions. First, why are child soldiers recruited at all? Second, why and how do children join armed forces and violence-prone groups? The truth is that this form of recruitment isn’t always involuntary.
24 Aug 2016 | Security WatchAs Leonardo Vivas sees it, looking at Venezuela’s collapse only with an economic lens misses the point. “The current crisis can be summarized as a three-fold path toward the abyss, [with] each strand moving at a different velocity.” What Vivas is referring to is the economy; an acute political crisis that questions the ability of the “heritiers” of Hugo Chavez to rule the country; and growing international isolation.
24 Aug 2016 | CSS BlogAccording to Charles Dunlap, when it comes to lethal drone strikes the Obama administration is tripping all over itself to implement a policy that demands – with almost near certainty – zero civilian deaths in any given strike. Well, what about adopting a policy that considers the civilian casualties that are likely to occur if a strike isn’t conducted. Aren’t we equally accountable for the evil that stems from doing nothing at all?
Apr 2016 | PublicationsThis fulsome volume features multiple case studies that focus on the combined operations of US civilian and military teams abroad. The text’s authors 1) focus on what worked and didn’t work in these hybrid campaigns; 2) pay particular heed to the tasks performed by US, non-US, and mixed Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) in Iraq and Afghanistan; and 3) contemplate why, when, where, and how civilian-military teams might be deployed in the future, and to what ends.
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