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 security dynamics of the Indian Ocean; the future of the German Navy in the new European security environment; the jihadist mobilization of women in Spain from 2014 to 2016; the importance of infrastructure in counterinsurgency; and the costs of Australian warships over their service lives. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the difficulties associated with tracking conflict-related deaths; conflict-driven famine in Yemen; the ‘ leader for life syndrome’ of African heads of state; the EU’s sanctions policy towards Russia; and Africa’s economic past, present and future.
25 Apr 2017 | Security WatchCould a newly rejuvenated German Navy alleviate NATO’s maritime challenges in the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic? Magnus Nordenman believes so, particularly if Berlin focuses on honing its anti-submarine, mine warfare, and sea-based air defense capabilities. Such improvements will help blunt Russia’s current and projected military gambits, and help reestablish maritime security in northern Europe.
25 Apr 2017 | Security WatchIt’s pretty simple, says the ICG – Yemenis are starving because of war and no amount of humanitarian aid can solve the underlying problem, which includes the weaponization of the economy and the continued indifference of the international community. To prevent the 17 million people who are now “food insecure” from tipping into outright starvation, Saudi Arabia and its partners should – at a minimum – halt what promises to be a bloody battle for Yemen’s most important port, Hodeida.
25 Apr 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkIn this blog, David Olney describes how the universal ideologies of the Cold War have yielded to fragmented emotionalism and subjectivity. Well that’s not going to cut it, argues our author. If we hope to reinvigorate our current debates, we need to create a new ideology that’s both inclusive and progressive. While performing this task, we might also want to consult the writings of Nietzsche, Camus, the Roman Stoics and others.
Mar 2017 | PublicationsWhat influence, both positive and negative, has Libya’s religious sector recently had on the country’s governance and society? According to Palwasha Kasar and Zahra Langhi, most Libyans believe that the country’s religious communities have exerted a negative impact on governmental and social affairs, but they do credit some pious actors with helping Libya continue its troubled march towards peace. Here’s their story and what can be done to support them.
Our featured partner this week is the Pacific Forum CSIS, which is a private, nonprofit foreign policy research institute that operates as the Asia-Pacific arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As part of its mission, it provides timely analyses of the strategic, political and security-centered developments that shape the Asia-Pacific region.
In today’s video, Major General Giovanni Fungo, who is the current Commander of KFOR, first addresses a fundamental question – What is Kosovo? He then goes on to describe the multiple functions of KFOR, Kosovo’s “extremely challenging” security environment, how NATO’s Comprehensive Approach is faring in the country, and much more.