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 further professionalization of international police forces; the evolution of war and conflict in Africa; the potential role of women in NATO Special Operations Forces; the military dimensions of state power in the Great Lakes region of Africa; and Europe’s indirect impact on military security in East Asia. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the ability of investment treaties to undermine human rights; NATO’s precarious solidarity; the levels of public support terrorism receives in Muslim majority countries; the prospects of an independent Iraqi Kurdistan; and the unfolding famine in Northeast Nigeria.
26 May 2017 | Security WatchGiven its arms exports, technology transfers, and arms and dual-use export controls, Europe’s impact on Asian armament and security trends is larger than you might think. The problem, as Mathieu Duchâtel and Mark Bromley see it, is that these activities are being guided by diverse commercial interests rather than coherent policies. As a result, Europe’s arms sector may be inadvertently destabilizing Asia’s current military balance.
26 May 2017 | Security WatchThe humanitarian fallout from Boko Haram’s ongoing insurgency is now huge, says the ICG. Beyond ending the violence, this text, which is the last of four on the famine threats now plaguing Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia, urges UN donors to honor their humanitarian aid pledges in full and the Nigerian government to step up its relief efforts in the country’s northeast.
26 May 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkThe title of this piece may be deliberately overheated, but Rebecca Friedman Lissner is right to remind us that there are five nuclear risks worth worrying about – 1) a nuclear first-use by the United States; 2) the possibility of inadvertent nuclear escalation; 3) a drop in the nuclear threshold; 4) a diminished ability to prevent nuclear terrorism; and 5) the weakening of international nuclear security cooperation.
May 2017 | PublicationsThis PRISM edition focuses on the complex security challenges that face Africa. The text’s contributors specifically focus on 1) the new and revised patterns of armed conflict on the continent since 2010; 2) the strategic implications of these adjustments on governance and development, population and urban growth, and technology; 3) the widespread impact of Libyan arms trafficking; 4) the present status of the Ugandan, Rwandan and Burundian Armies, and much more.
Our featured partner this week is the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre), which is a private diplomacy-oriented organization that's founded on the principles of 'humanity, impartiality and independence'. Its specific mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
In today’s video, French economist Thomas Piketty, who is the author of the highly touted “Capital in the 21st Century,” focuses on 1) the long-term dynamics of income inequality; 2) the return of patrimonial (or wealth-based) societies; 3) the existence of ‘extreme inequality regimes’ in emerging countries and the post-colonial world; and 4) the relationship between rising inequality and the changing structure of political conflict.