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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 role of nuclear blackmail in the use of hard power. 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.
24 Feb 2017 | Security WatchPaul Bracken thinks it’s a good time to revisit the Cold War idea of nuclear blackmail. After all, 1) nine countries have The Bomb now, so the opportunity for blackmail is greater than ever; 2) the cautious, risk-avoiding behavior of the Cold War may no longer apply to our current nuclear age; and 3) it’s important that we’re able to distinguish between nuclear blackmail and blackmail in a nuclear context, which is something quite different.
24 Feb 2017 | Security WatchOperating an international order that’s premised solely on respect for sovereignty and a complementary balance of power system is no longer appropriate, argues Richard Haass. Indeed, today’s circumstances call for an updated operating model — call it World Order 2.0 — that includes not only the rights of sovereign states but also those states’ obligations to others. Here’s what such a world would look like.
24 Feb 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAs Wolfgang Lehmacher sees it, Europe’s cross-border terrorist threat requires 1) a “homeland security alliance” that spans across the entire region; 2) the leveraging of advanced digital technology; and 3) a common European anti-terrorism strategy that’s based on consolidated funding. Absent these measures, there is little chance that countries with long and highly permeable coastal borders will be able to manage the protection challenge by themselves.
15 Feb 2017 | PublicationsFacts are facts – ethnic, political and sectarian rivalries; jihadist groups; criminality and heavy-handed security policies are turning Pakistan's biggest city into a pressure cooker that's about to explode. According to this report, feuding politicians will have to set their conflicts aside or Karachi's law-and-order crisis may indeed reach the bursting point.
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.
In today’s video, Umio Otsuka and Peter Roberts 1) review China’s recent naval expansion and modernization, and 2) speculate on how they expect the country’s maritime power to evolve up through 2030. This evolution, it’s important to remember, involves four components of naval power – the navy, coast guard, merchant marine and fishing fleet, which in the last case operates as a Chinese maritime militia.