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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 conceptual basis of nuclear blackmail. 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.
20 Feb 2017 | Security WatchIn this article, Nora Bensahel looks at how the US’ military dominance has led opponents to adopt ‘post-heroic’ strategies that have been lethal and effective, but also designed to avoid tipping into war. Given the Trump administration’s widely advertised ambivalence about multinational cooperation, our author expects America’s opponents to intensify their ‘gray zone’ efforts, particularly in the former Soviet space and the South China Sea.
20 Feb 2017 | Security WatchIn this bulletin, Anna Maria Dyner and Daniel Szeligowski analyze the deteriorating security situation in the Donbas region of Ukraine and its potential consequences. They conclude that Russia will continue to leverage the ongoing conflict as a way to maintain its influence over its neighbor and break existing Western sanctions. In response, EU countries will need to back Ukraine more vigorously and extend additional humanitarian aid to its people.
20 Feb 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAccording to Stefano Palestini, in Latin America there is no single, uncontested definition of democracy or what constitutes a democratic breach. To cope with this problem, regional organizations have kept their definitions imprecise, and thus made sure that public commitments to democracy remained incomplete. That’s not good, especially in an illiberal era where democratic principles must be protected, regardless of how malleable they are.
Jan 2017 | PublicationsIn this report, Aditi Gorur and Madeline Vellturo examine how local conflicts undermine the mandates and effectiveness of UN peacekeeping missions. To help deal with the problem, our authors 1) provide a framework which prioritizes the conflicts peacekeepers should address; 2) describe the ‘whole-of-mission’ approach UN missions should adopt in managing local struggles; and 3) recommend ways to strengthen the capacities and mandates of UN missions.
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.