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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.
29 Sep 2016 | Security WatchDARPA is the US Department of Defense’s fast-track innovation hub, particularly when it comes to cutting edge technologies. Today, Paul Calhoun explores the breakthrough research being done in three particular areas – disaggregated capabilities, hypersonic strike weapons, and directed energy systems – and the “realm of the possible” they represent.
29 Sep 2016 | Security WatchThe EU Special Representatives: A Dwindling but Resilient Resource at the Service of EU Foreign and Security PolicyEU Special Representatives have served Brussels’ interests for 20 years now, although in decreasing numbers. That’s too bad, argues Erwan Fouéré, because the envoys continue to play a valuable role in the fulfilling the EU’s foreign and security policy. The seeming problem is that they’re not effectively anchored within the EU institutional system, particularly the EEAS.
29 Sep 2016 | CSS BlogAccording to Luis Simón, most discussions on European strategy currently revolve around 1) bringing security to Europe’s immediate neighborhood, and 2) how to balance the EU’s attention and resources between Eastern Europe, North Africa/Sahel, and the Levant. While these preoccupations are understandable, Simón doesn’t think they’re global enough. Here’s why.
Sep 2016 | PublicationsIn this numbers-providing paper, Mireille Widmer and Irene Pavesi analyze global, regional and national trends in violent deaths, specifically within the context of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Among other things, their results show 1) a marked increase in the annual number of direct conflict deaths, and 2) a continued high incidence of violence-related deaths in countries that are not affected by open conflict.