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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the misadventures of Russia and the US in Syria; the 1956 Suez Crisis’ “curse” on NATO and the EU; history’s lessons for resolving today’s conflicts; the substantial jihadist threat that exists in the Balkans; and the role of women in the so-called Islamic State. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the growing use of clandestine offensive cyber operations by different nations; the impact of Brexit on the EU’s climate and energy policies; the potential role of (military) police in Swiss border control; the comparative difficulties of retaking Mosul; and the deliberate historical amnesia of five nations.
20 Oct 2016 | Security WatchConservative estimates suggest that in Albania, Bosnia, and Kosovo alone, Muslim extremists control more than 150 mosques and prayer rooms. In Macedonia, a battle between moderates and hardline Islamists for control over important mosques across the country has been raging for a decade. And so the story goes. As Gordon Bardos sees it, managing the security environment in Southeastern Europe is fast becoming an increasingly “heavy lift.”
20 Oct 2016 | Security WatchWhat lessons did Iraqi forces learn from their successful liberation of Fallujah from the so-called Islamic State (IS) last June? More importantly, how will those insights be used to free Mosul? Today, Zana Gulmohamad weighs in with her insights. Her biggest concern is that the large number of stakeholders jockeying for final influence over the city may make seizing it a fleeting victory at best.
20 Oct 2016 | CSS BlogIs the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea still possible? As Scott Snyder sees it, the more time Pyongyang has to expand its nuclear delivery capability, the more empty US condemnations may become and the closer North Korea will edge toward winning de facto acceptance of its nuclear status.
Oct 2016 | PublicationsIn this analysis, Thomas Wright explores the US foreign policies that will most likely define the presidential administrations of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. More specifically, Wright speculates on the particulars of a Trump regime, which would probably undermine the liberal international order that the US helped to create, and Clinton’s approach, which would be familiarly internationalist in scope.
The Carnegie Middle East Center is one of five regional, public policy-focused think tanks established and operated by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The Center specifically concerns itself with political and economic developments within the Arab World, Turkey and Iran.
The so-called Islamic State consists of three interlocked threats and is quite different from al-Qaeda, says counterterrorism authority David Kilcullen. In today’s video, he explains that if we’re going to devise a strategy that will largely neuter this group in the future, we have to understand exactly what went wrong in the years since 9/11 and admit that everyone bears part of the blame, from "reckless" George W Bush to "feckless" Barak Obama.