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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the potential pitfalls of European states creating an independent nuclear deterrent of their own; the gulf that exists between the European Union’s global security strategy and its actual implementation; the links between last December’s terrorist attack in Berlin and the “Abu Walaa” recruiting network; a review of international arms transfers in 2016; and the recent ‘crowdsourcing’ of local terrorist attacks. Then, in our second SW series, we look at identity politics in Russia; China’s Kashmir policies and crisis management in South Asia; the possibility of reviving the African Union’s maritime strategy; the challenges liberal peace- and state-building efforts face in divided societies; and Ukraine´s ongoing failure to implement anti-corruption reforms.
27 Feb 2017 | Security WatchEver since Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President, European governments have been worrying about the reliability of America’s commitment to their collective security. So, in order to protect their particular interests, should European states create an independent nuclear deterrent of their own? Oliver Thränert doesn’t think so and here are his reasons why.
27 Feb 2017 | Security WatchThe two articles in this edition of the RAD zero in on identity politics in Russia and Ukraine. The first piece argues that the causes of ongoing insurgency in Eastern Ukraine are more complex than advertised, and that they are responsible for the rise of a “resistance identity” there. The second text then explores how recent Russian identity politics have been conditioned by two splits – one between the country’s ‘imperial elites’ and the peasant masses, and the other between Russia and Europe.
27 Feb 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAs Ryan Grauer sees it, organization theorists have three lessons to teach us about the nature of military power – 1) uncertainty is a prime inhibitor of effective performance; 2) organizations inevitably face more and more doubt as they grow in size and technological sophistication; and 3) to combat these rising levels of ambiguity – and improve their performance – organizations should make at least two important structural alterations, as described here.
17 Feb 2017 | PublicationsIn this report, Steven Blockmans and Sophia Russack provide concrete recommendations on how the EU should reform its internal affairs and thereby ensure that it is worthy of the continued support of its members. The proposals specifically focus on security and justice issues, socio-economic measures, and monetary policy.
Our featured partner this week is the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit and public policy-centered organization that works to enhance our understanding of military affairs, primarily through reliable research, in-depth analysis and innovative education efforts.