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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on Georgia’s bilateral relations with NATO; Russia’s employment of hybrid warfare; and why the conflict in Afghanistan remains locked in a stalemate. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the reasons for the recent rebound in foreign direct investment into Russia; China’s cyber warfare strategy; and why Bertrant Badie thinks international relations is the science of human suffering.
26 Jul 2017 | Security WatchMore than two years have passed since Russia’s annexation of Crimea. However, Tony Balasevicus argues that NATO has still not developed a strategy to counter the “New Generation Warfare”, or hybrid warfare, doctrine Moscow has employed in Ukraine. In response, Balasevicus here 1) examines the underlying philosophy of this doctrine by reviewing Western, Chinese and Russian approaches to the theory of hybrid warfare; and 2) highlights that a key element of the Russian approach is its innovative integration and coordination of military forces and state policy tools.
26 Jul 2017 | Security WatchHow does China use cyberspace operations to advance its national interests and strategies? To answer this question, Jake Bebber looks at 1) the central role of information operations in China’ competition with the US; and 2) Beijing’s strategic use of international norms and institutions in cyberspace. Bebber also examines how the US can respond to China’s cyber strategy, and what he describes as Beijing’s wider effort to work through the American built political, information, and economic system in order to supplant it.
26 Jul 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkIn this blog, Jean Pierre Darnis argues that recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy consists of an interesting combination of pursuing French national interests and multilateralism. For example, Darnis suggests that Macron is 1) seeking internal labor reforms to strengthen French-German ties with an aim to boost Paris’ ability to set the European agenda; and 2) adopting a more multilateral or ‘EU-ordinated’ approach even in key areas of French interest such as Africa, with the goal being that the EU will serve as a “power multiplier” for the country.
3 Jul 2017 | PublicationsIs maritime trade warfare still a relevant strategy and tactic in the twenty-first century? After reviewing the history of such warfare and the arguments for and against its viability, Christopher McMahon the answer to this question is a complex one. There now exist many obstacles to employing this strategy in a manner that would strangle an enemy’s economy effectively or prevent the movement of military supplies. However, history also shows that, given just the right circumstances and time, maritime trade warfare can still work.
Our featured partner this week is SAGE International Australia (SIA), which is an independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to deepening the understanding of global strategic and political issues. It aims to advance knowledge on international security trends and conflict resolution by providing high quality research, analysis and policy debate and advice.
How are scholars and researchers worldwide holding governments to account for their local and international commitments to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, as outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 1325? In this video, the directors of five WPS institutes respond to this question by discussing the work of their organizations, particularly in the UK, the US, Norway, Australia and across Africa.