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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the clearance of unexploded ordinances created by UN peacekeeping operations; the lessons learned from the 1995 international intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and how the US, South Korea and Japan can enhance the deterrence capabilities in the face of North Korea’s developing nuclear program. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the Trump administration’s preparations to end the Iran nuclear deal and what this means for trans-Atlantic relations; the 30 July Constituent Assembly vote in Venezuela; and Russia’s Border Dispute with Belarus.
16 Aug 2017 | Security WatchWhat lessons should we draw from the international intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the mid-1990s and the process that led to the Dayton Peace Agreement? Ultimately, David Harland believes that this case demonstrates that foreign intervention in conflict is always fraught with cost and risk, even when the resources are enormous, the place is small, the sides are exhausted and the solution is largely agreed by local actors, neighboring countries, foreign sponsors, and the world´s most powerful nations.
16 Aug 2017 | Security WatchIn this Q and A, Phil Gunson looks at the implications of Venezuela´s 30 July Constituent Assembly election for democracy in the country. More specifically, he discusses 1) why the vote cannot be described as free, fair or democratic, 2) the extensive powers now held by the Constituent Assembly; 3) why the vote may lead to splits within the government; 4) why Venezuela´s ongoing political conflict could morph into a low-intensity civil war; 5) the reaction of regional and international powers to the July vote, and much more.
16 Aug 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkWhat might Germany´s federal elections, which are scheduled for September, mean for the EU? How does Europe feature in the election campaign? To answer these questions, Christel Zunneberg here reviews what the political parties´ election manifestos say about how to reshape four core EU policy areas: common security and defense, migration, finance, and trade. Zunneberg also highlights that while the SPD, Die Grünen, Die Linke and the FDP all approve of a Europe of multiple speeds, Angela Merkael’s Christian Democrats(CDU) do not.
7 Aug 2017 | PublicationsIn this monograph, W Seth Carus examines the history of biological warfare and related weapons development programs. The three sections of the paper focus on 1) the period between prehistory and 1900, highlighting how resort to biological warfare in this era was rare; 2) the years from 1900 through 1945, which saw the emergence of state biological weapons programs, the most significant use of such weapons and initial international efforts to control them; and 3) biological weapon development during the Cold War and uses of biological agents by state and non-state actors up to the present day.
Our featured partner this week is Saferworld, which is an independent, internationally-oriented organization that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. In pursuing these ends, it 1) performs research and analysis that is designed to improve multi-level policies and practices that help build lasting peace, and 2) works with those negatively affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security.
How can nonviolent movements and civil resistance campaigns work with peacebuilding practitioners to prevent conflict? To help answer this question, the four experts in this video discuss 1) what the theories of nonviolence and of negotiation share in common; 2) the complementary practices that are shared by approaches to civil resistance and peacebuilding, and more.