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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on ‘formless warfare’; China’s blue water navy strategy and its implications; the Islamic State’s two-pronged assault on Turkey; criminal, religious and political radicalization in prisons; and the concept of sovereignty. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Brexit and European insecurity; the fundamental threats facing NATO; the role sexual violence played in the military dictatorships of Latin America; freedom’s definitional relationship to oppression; and the difficulties of negotiating with a dis-United Kingdom.
27 Mar 2017 | Security WatchFormless Warfare: An Innovative Concept to Gather More Information, Analyze it Faster, and Strike HarderArtificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, and global drone proliferation all point to the future possibility of ‘formless warfare’, argue Michael Kim and Charles Schultz. This type of conflict, if it indeed comes to pass, will feature a new warfighting system that links intuitive, deep learning forms of AI with drones that function both as munitions and platforms.
27 Mar 2017 | Security WatchThe UK’s pending exit from the EU is stoking a general sense of uncertainty about the latter’s future, as is US President Donald Trump’s ambivalence about European defense commitments. For Daniel Keohane, however, these wellsprings of doubt are a call to arms. France, Germany and the UK must continue to work closely together if they hope to sustain Europe’s security well into the future.
27 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkIn this review of Afshon Ostovar’s “Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards,” Behnam Ben Taleblu reminds us that conflict has been the lifeblood of the IRGC. Indeed, violent struggle was not only crucial to the Guards’ origins and evolution, it continues to animate its institutions and vindicate its worldview.
Mar 2017 | PublicationsIn this paper, Almut Möller and Dina Pardijs ponder whether the EU should shift towards a flexible, deliverables-centered form of collective cooperation. Needless to say, opinions are divided on the option. While some member states believe greater elasticity will help overcome policy deadlocks, others view it as a direct assault against a cohesive union. At present, it appears the pro-flexibility faction is slowly introducing a more Schengen-like form of cooperation.
Our featured organization this week is the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), which is an independent think tank that 1) focuses on original, policy-focused research; 2) provides practical advice to all branches of the Polish government; 3) contributes to wider debates on transnational relations in Europe and beyond, and more.
Global water resources are becoming critically stressed in historically unprecedented ways. Indeed, by 2025, the UN predicts that 1.8 billion people – 22% of the global population – will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity. In today’s video, Joshua Busby and Michael Tiboris discuss what such deprivation might mean for global security and stability.