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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the global terror threat the incoming Trump administration faces; NATO’s available limited nuclear strike options; what causes nonviolent Islamist groups to turn into violent ones and vice versa; applying the concepts of sea power to the ocean of space; and what the next Sunni insurgency in Iraq will look like. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the relationship between water security, conflict and cooperation; rising protests in Africa and what they portend; the prospects for climate change cooperation in the wake of the US presidential election; the dangers of an India-Pakistan crisis; and NATO's need for a new Strategic Concept.
8 Dec 2016 | Security WatchIn this text, Jerry Hendrix and Michelle Shevin-Coetzee look at the classic naval theorists Alfred Thayer Mahan and Julian Corbett and wonder whether their ideas on sea power are applicable to outer space. While accomplishing these ends, our authors also examine what’s necessary for effective power projection in this domain, and ponder what impact the militarization of space could have on great power relations in the future.
8 Dec 2016 | Security WatchYes we should, argues Moeed Yusuf, because India and Pakistan are the only regional nuclear states in the world that are locked in an acutely crisis-prone relationship. Indeed, a tit-for-tat escalatory dynamic could easily be unleashed in a future crisis which could then lead, for example, to a breach of Pakistani and Indian nuclear security protocols by those seeking access to their arsenals.
8 Dec 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkDemocracy is now experiencing a crisis of grave proportions, argues Carl Gersham, and the reasons are primarily threefold – 1) the geopolitical power of the US and its allies has radically weakened; 2) the diminished hard power of democracies has been matched by a parallel loss of soft power; and 3) democratic states in the West continue to experience a crisis of values and will. There are, however, solutions to these problems.
28 Nov 2016 | PublicationsIn this paper, assorted experts from five leading think tanks lay out 1) their preferred US defense strategies for the future; 2) the capabilities, investments and organizational reforms the strategies would require; and 3) the costs they would entail. Although the experts’ visions for the future did vary from each other, they also agreed that the Army needed more armored brigades, fire battalions, air and missile defense batteries, and more.
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) strives to create greater awareness about the socio-economic factors that lead to more peaceful societies. It contributes to this goal by 1) developing new conceptual frameworks to define peace; 2) providing metrics for measuring peaceful states; and 3) uncovering the relationships that exist between peace, business and prosperity.
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has expanded its security commitments and tried to bring as many states as possible into a US-led liberal world order. That strategy—sometimes dubbed “liberal hegemony”—has repeatedly failed. In today’s video, Stephen Walt argues that Washington should return to its earlier strategy of “offshore balancing” and focus on three key regions: Europe, Northeast Asia, and the Persian Gulf.