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 how home countries should cope with returning foreign fighters; the role Balkan fighters are playing in Syria, Ukraine and beyond; how Iran, Russia and the Taliban will shape the future of Afghanistan; the overarching trends of armed conflict from 1946 to 2016; and the benefits of economic sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the relationship between mediation and violent conflicts; how Europe can avoid another crisis in Egypt; Mexico’s worsening ‘war without a name’; post-truth politics and the securitization of fake news; and why one might want to reject globalization, beyond the familiar reasons of inequality and xenophobia.
22 Jun 2017 | Security WatchAs its title suggests, this brief highlights the number of conflicts and battlefield deaths that have occurred in the world since 1946. The text´s authors note, for example, that 1) the number of armed struggles in the world declined slightly from 52 in 2015 to 49 in 2016; 2) 14 percent fewer people died in 2016 as a direct result of violent conflicts than in 2015, and 22% fewer than in 2014; and 3) the internationalization of organized violence continues apace, which consequently makes such clashes longer lasting and more difficult to solve.
22 Jun 2017 | Security WatchThe post-truth phenomenon is a threat to liberal democracy and its institutions, argues Nayef Al-Rodhan. It’s also a deadly enemy of a fundamental element of diplomacy and international politics – i.e., communication. So, what antidotes are available to blunt this scourge? Al-Rodham’s responses include next-step fact-checking technologies, securitizing fake news, and linking scientific expertise and policy-making more tightly together.
22 Jun 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkWhat can mathematical modeling and computer simulations do to help resolve peace and security issues? According to Štefan Emrich, they can 1) accurately predict the timing, routes and sizes of migration flows; 2) anticipate and plot out pandemics; 3) model climate disruptions and their potential impact on security, and more. Obviously, decision-making tools such as these are not panaceas, Emrich admits, but our leaders have already proven themselves to be conceptually poorer without them.
Jun 2017 | PublicationsThe problem, observes Mark Katz, is that the US had one principal adversary in the Cold War and now it has many – Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS. So, how should America respond to these multiple and simultaneous challengers? To answer the question, this text initially examines the dangers the US, its allies, and its competitors all think they face, and then sets out specific guidelines that Washington should follow when dealing with its security dilemmas.
Our featured partner this week is the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), which performs research and stimulates debate on one overriding topic -- the development of a coherent, effective, and values-based European foreign policy. To fulfill this charter, the organization operates a pan-European Council, maintains a physical presence in the main EU member states, and pursues a targeted research and policy development program.
In today’s video, Stephen D King discusses his new book, “Grave New World: The End of Globalisation, the Return of History.” In particular, King reviews the initial pluses and minuses of this mammoth phenomenon, but ultimately concludes that 1) meager economic growth in the West, 2) historically unprecedented cross border capital flows, and 3) the absence of institutional underpinnings for the latter transformation have contributed to instability, inequality and more.