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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the recent prevalence of ‘gray zone’ conflicts and why they will become more frequent and complex in the future; the measured return of military conscription; what the African Peace and Security Architecture can teach Europe about developing security structures; what’s needed to reshape the US military; and the role of nuclear blackmail in the use of hard power. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the deteriorating security situation in Donbas Oblast; the potential role of safe zones in Syria; the form and substance of economic sanctions; the notion of ‘autism’ in foreign policy; and the ‘sovereign obligations’ we have in World Order 2.0.
23 Feb 2017 | Security WatchBryan Clark thinks the United States is at an inflection point when it comes to its national security. As a result, the country needs to redesign its military and implement new ways to deter aggression. It should privilege, for example, fresh operational concepts that focus on air and missile defense, electromagnetic spectrum warfare, strike and surface capabilities, and much more.
23 Feb 2017 | Security WatchIs the concept of autism a useful tool to analyze problematic foreign policy behaviors by states? Hanns Maull believes so. To support his thesis, he defines 1) ‘foreign policy autism’; 2) provides examples of it, both as a weakness and ‘emotionally charged’ phenomenon; and 3) considers the implications of relying on the autism metaphor as an instrument of analysis.
23 Feb 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkOurs is a world of permanent uncertainty, rapid change and disruption, says Mark Leonard. We live, in short, in a world of ‘liquid security’ where 1) distinctions between foreign and domestic policy are no longer valid; 2) there is no longer a clear divide between war and peace; 3) what brought the world together is tearing it apart; 4) the era of firm security alliances is over; and 5) the world is no longer defined merely by great power balances.
Feb 2017 | PublicationsThis report questions the utility of counter-narratives to blunt the propaganda being produced by groups such as al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State (IS). After all, 1) there is no evidence to suggest that counter-narratives are effective prophylactics against violence; 2) broad counter-narrative campaigns aren’t really necessary, given that extremists’ propaganda attracts only a limited number of recruits; and 3) it’s difficult to construct effective counter-narrative campaigns when we know so little about what makes extremist propaganda work.
Our featured partner this week is the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), which is an independent foreign affairs-centered think tank. Through its analyses, publications and outreach activities, it aims to develop policy ideas and inclusive partnerships that promote a more equitable world.