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 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.
5 Dec 2016 | Security WatchThe incoming Trump administration faces serious counterterrorism challenges, argues Bruce Hoffman. A strengthening global al-Qa`ida network poses the most serious long-term threat, but what if the group reconciles at some point with the so-called Islamic State. With a large cohort of foreign fighters trained in Syria and Iraq and a global network of affiliates usually at these two organizations’ disposal, the West’s future may be troubled indeed.
5 Dec 2016 | Security WatchThere aren’t many examples of actual water wars, but violent international water-related confrontations do occur, and frictions over water can fuel internal conflicts within countries. In these cases, David Michel thinks it‘s the limited access to decision-making and inequitable allocation of costs that typically generate water-related conflicts, not the paucity of the resource itself. That’s why treaties and cooperative governance mechanisms continue to matter.
5 Dec 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkIn the case of the new Trump administration, Volker Perthes believes there are five fundamental questions that researchers and policymakers need to address. For example, does Trump’s election actually represent a defeat for liberalism? Will personalized, charismatic and populist forms of politics supplant the analytical, fact-based approaches of the past? And will transactionalism indeed muscle out multilateralism?
Nov 2016 | PublicationsDoes China’s confrontational behavior in the East and South China Seas prove it has a deliberate, well-articulated doctrine that’s designed to lockout other powers from these areas? Beijing denies that such a doctrine exists, but Steven Jackson thinks he’s got the proof, even if it’s incremental.
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.
From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges, says Yale's Wendell Wallach. What's more, by 2034, 47% of US jobs and 69% of Chinese jobs may all be done by machines. In today’s video, Wallach explores how societies should cope with these trends and what role global governance should play in dealing with them?