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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the so-called genocide taboo; what the Iran nuclear agreement can teach us about dealing with North Korea; the growing international movement against killer robots; the Canadian Army’s complex relationship with “core competencies”; and the 2016 Global Militarization Index. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Turkey’s growing entanglement with terrorism; China’s 2016 Space White Paper; the rural tactics of jihadists operating in the Sahel; the changing nature of warfare in the Middle East and North Africa; and France’s currently pivotal role in Europe.
17 Jan 2017 | Security WatchThe various responses to North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations have failed to produce results, observe Sverre Lodgaard and Leon Sigal. That’s why it’s time to adopt a new approach that patterns itself after the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. In other words, it’s time to conduct broad-based negotiations that address the cumulative interests of all the parties involved.
17 Jan 2017 | Security WatchAccording to Ajey Lele, the above paper isn’t a mere factsheet or list of proposed agendas for the future. It actually sets out to establish China as a space power. However, although the seeming theme of the White Paper is to tie China’s space program to its overall national development strategy, Lele believes it’s appropriate to be suspicious about Beijing’s intentions. Here’s why.
17 Jan 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkIn this blog, Geoffrey Martin updates us on the complex politics and underreported instability that define present-day Kuwait and its neighbors. Martin specifically looks at a decade’s worth of parliamentary dysfunction, street protests, an overstressed social contract, and the political wrangling between Sunni Islamists, Shi’ites and others.
Jan 2017 | PublicationsIn this paper, Julianne Smith and Adam Twardowski examine the various policy positions the incoming Trump administration will have to take when dealing with Russia. After looking at Russo-American relations during the Obama administration and the factors that contributed to their demise, the text’s authors then focus on the “resist and deter” challenges the incoming US president will face, including the shadow war in Ukraine, NATO enlargement, next-step arms control, etc.
Our featured partner this week is Chatham House (i.e., the Royal Institute of International Affairs). It’s an independent, international affairs-centered think tank and membership organization that among other things engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its own members in open debates and confidential discussions about significant developments in international affairs.