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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the lingering Responsibility to Protect (R2P) issues raised by NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya; the role of killer robots in future warfare; the relationship between undemocratic Salafism and the terrorist threat in Europe; the ongoing crisis in Burundi; and how to reestablish state authority in peace operations settings. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the hybrid nature of diplomacy in the 21st century; the first 100 days of Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev; the use of coercive diplomacy in The Gambia; how contested histories are undermining the rebuilding of trust in European security; and the possibility of Europe having to plan for a future in which the US is less willing to assume a leadership role in addressing international problems.
22 Mar 2017 | Security WatchFrom 2012 up through 2015, European Muslims accounted for 20% of the 27,000-31,000 individuals who joined violent jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. To explain this phenomenon, Fernando Reinares looks at 1) the different levels of jihadist mobilization that have occurred in EU states; 2) the self-marginalization and self-exclusion that have afflicted Muslim communities on the continent; and 3) the ability of external jihadist organizations to exploit certain Muslim congregations and religious cleavages within Europe.
22 Mar 2017 | Security WatchThe UN, African Union (AU) and ECOWAS recently averted a potential unconstitutional change of government in The Gambia. In Paul Williams’ eyes, the instrument used to ensure a smooth handover of power – the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in The Gambia (ECOMIG) – does not necessarily represent a new model of coercive diplomacy by African states. It does confirm, however, that the AU is now more willing to use military force as part of its conflict management strategies.
22 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkYes, there are those who strongly believe UN peacekeeping operations should have counterterrorism mandates. John Karlsrud, however, isn’t one of them. In his view, the idea of UN peacekeepers conducting such tasks has its problems, not the least of which is the dubious ability of UN forces to protect both themselves and civilians.
Mar 2017 | PublicationsWill Europe’s shifting energy order upset the working arrangements and infrastructure that are already in place? Well, Ellen Scholl and Kristen Westphal admit they’re worried. To prevent an uptick in commercial disputes, an increase in supply interruptions, and the overall retrenchment of the region’s energy sector, our authors believe a common and coherent set of principles is needed to secure Europe’s energy future.
Our featured partner this week is swisspeace, which is a practically-minded organization that strives to 1) build up local and international peacebuilding capacities, and 2) shape political and academic discourses on peace policy. It accomplishes these ends by performing and publishing research analyses, conducting various types of training, and providing a common space for personal networking, knowledge transfers, and the exchange of experiences.
The belief in multilateral international governance may still exist but would abandoning it be all that bad? Indeed, would our world be more secure and prosperous if national players managed international affairs on a deal-by-deal basis? In today’s video, four University of Oxford faculty members square off in a pro-con debate on these questions and more.