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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the evolving technical and policy dimensions of missile defense in Europe; the relationship between global power distribution and warfighting in the 21st century; the roles of ideology and cultural violence in Darfur; the present status of the International Criminal Court; and the unmaking of the existing global order. Then, in our second SW series, we look at how Egypt’s youth could decide the country’s fate; Afghanistan’s uncertain future; the tensions between migration quotas and EU market access in Switzerland; the assaults by authoritarian states against civil society; and the use of “robocops” by law enforcement agencies in tomorrow’s cities.
24 Oct 2016 | Security WatchWhat’s the status of Europe’s missile defense system? As Gustav Lindstrom sees it, the transition to a mobile defense platform and the development of other individual and collective NATO technological capabilities are good news stories. However, diverging views among European leaders and the lack of a public debate on the subject continue to hamper the formation of a consistent missile defense policy among its stakeholders.
24 Oct 2016 | Security WatchEva Nolle worries that the Egyptian government’s draconian measures to silence dissent, particularly among the country’s educated and disaffected youth, may drive the latter to align themselves with extremist groups. In order to prevent that from happening, the government must acknowledge the grievances of the young and implement specific economic reforms.
24 Oct 2016 | CSS BlogThe long-experienced authors of this blog believe that too many peace and conflict mediators approach their tasks in narrow ways. Indeed, if the latter are going to be more effective in the future, mediation researchers need to fill the conceptual and analytical gaps that remain in the discipline’s body of knowledge. Here are seven of the gaps and how the investigators should fill them.
19 Oct 2016 | PublicationsThis issue of Conflict Trends magazine focuses on building capabilities that will facilitate conflict resolution in Africa. The featured articles zero in on 1) the ongoing struggle for peace and stability in South Sudan; 2) the African Union’s (AU) newly approved Peace Fund and its potential impact on AU-UN partnerships; 3) the rise of youth activism and non-violent action in Zimbabwe, and much more.
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In today’s video, the ISS’ Martin Ewi focuses on 1) the strategic importance of Sub-Saharan Africa to the so-called Islamic State (IS); 2) the group’s expanding presence and activities on the continent; and 3) what should be done to blunt IS’ ambitions in this part of the world.