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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on Iran’s conventional missile program; the need for a stakeholder-centric counterinsurgency doctrine; Azerbaijan’s readjusted security policy; the cutting-edge military technologies DARPA is pursuing; and the status of secession in international politics. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the factors behind the global refugee crisis; the so-called Islamic State’s presence in Pakistan; the frayed edges of international law; the contested utility of EU Special Representatives; and whether secession is justified, particularly in the case of Kashmir.
27 Sep 2016 | Security WatchIn this wide-ranging interview, NUPI’s Karsten Friis contemplates 1) whether COIN doctrine is dead, or if it merely needs to be re-conceptualized; 2) what insights we should draw from the last decade of war; 3) what does the literature and the practice of post-conflict reconstruction, peace-building and security sector reform contribute to our reframing of COIN, and much more.
27 Sep 2016 | Security WatchBy drawing on open source materials and interviews with Pakistani security officials, Tariq Parvez demystifies the so-called Islamic State´s (IS) Khorasan branch in Pakistan. He specifically examines 1) the group’s origins, leadership structure, recruiting sources and funding; 2) its ties to IS in Iraq and Syria; 3) its relationships with other Pakistani militant groups, and more.
27 Sep 2016 | CSS BlogThe illegal wildlife trade, which has been estimated at $7 billion to $23 billion a year, is the world’s fourth-largest form of transnational organized crime. So what can be done to fight this ugly form of commerce? As Romy Chevallier and Ross Harvey see it, the current degradation-income development model must be curtailed by new ones. Here are their recommendations.
Sep 2016 | PublicationsIn this report, Mathew Burrows speculates on the directions global development might take up to the year 2035. As part of his analysis, Burrows focuses on 1) how economic, social, demographic and technological forces will add “pressures” on global society; 2) how the breakdown of the post-Cold War order could lead to greater risks of sustained conflict; and 3) the alternative futures which may appear by 2035.
In today’s video, the ISS’ Tim Walker speculates on the decisions and agreements that might come out of next month’s African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development, which will occur in Lomé, Togo.