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 the Chemical Weapons Convention and its troubles; Chinese cyber espionage against the US and Taiwan; the role of mobility and attrition in the Islamic State’s defense of Mosul; the latter group's pronounced criminal identity; and Africa’s attempts to prevent future genocides. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the difficult defense choices facing the next French president; the cultural and political rise of Israel's Mizrahim; the politicizing of humanitarian aid; the Takfiri ideology promoted by the so-called Islamic State; and the links between food crises & violence in East, South and West Africa.
21 Apr 2017 | Security WatchIn this article, Godfrey Musali confirms that despite Africa’s continued troubles, important norms, practices and institutions have emerged since the Rwandan genocide that will ideally prevent a similar mass bloodletting in the future. Consider, for example, the African Union’s pioneering Constitutive Act of 2000, which formalized the principle of humanitarian intervention.
21 Apr 2017 | Security WatchAccording to this brief but data-intensive analysis, in 2017 the global food crisis will directly affect 70 million people cross 45 countries. In the case of Africa, the relationship between natural and man-made famine and the spread violence is unambiguous. Since the food crisis began, for example, there has been an approximate 75% increase in recorded violence in “emergency” areas and a threefold increase in “famine” areas. And so the story goes.
21 Apr 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkLoren DeJonge Schulman and Mara Karlin have one word to describe the current status of civil-military relations in the United States – fraught. Nearly two decades of (inconclusive) war, up-and-down defense budgets, the mismanagement of veterans affairs, and a growing disconnect between those who serve and the American public are just some of the stressors that now exist. Here’s the full tale.
4 Apr 2017 | PublicationsThe three articles in this issue of the CAD focus on 1) the Islamist insurgency that existed in the North Caucasus region between 2007 and 2014, and whether it could revive and spread to other areas of Russia; 2) the growth of non-“Chechen” Islamist extremism in Georgia, particularly in the southwest portion of the country; and 3) the presence of Islamic religious groups in Azerbaijan, their varying influence, and the role state authorities play in their growth and popularity.
Our featured partner this week is the Small Arms Survey, which is an independent research project that 1) serves as a source of public information on all aspects of small arms production, sales and trafficking on the international level; and 2) traces the relationship between these types of arms and organized violence.
For political philosopher Michel Foucault, violence is not only inextricably linked to power, it’s also intrinsic to questioning and truth-seeking. In today’s video, Michael Dillon explains what these associations truly mean.