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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on four possible doomsday scenarios for Europe’s post-2014 policy towards Russia; the expected ‘race for Syria’ after the demise of the Islamic State; how to enhance NATO-EU cooperation; the US Army’s not-so-new Multi-Domain Battle concept; and the rapidly approaching endgame in Venezuela. Then, in our second SW series, we look at how an influential American journal analyzes US foreign policy; the nascent ‘Europe of Security’ concept; how to implement sustainable peace solutions in a volatile world; the dissimilar approaches George W Bush and Barack Obama took towards the Middle East; and the roles business and private diplomacy can play as catalysts for sustainable peace.
28 Jun 2017 | Security WatchFor Kevin Koehler it’s quite simple. Much remains to be done to encourage greater coordination, deconfliction and information sharing between NATO and the EU. The forty-two steps outlined in the common conclusions to the 2016 Warsaw Joint Declaration are a promising start, but more must be done, including countering hybrid threats and addressing the instability in Europe’s southern neighborhood.
28 Jun 2017 | Security WatchOK, so what works when trying to prevent conflict and sustain peace? Kate Sullivan, Marina Caparini and Gary Milante give pride of place to 1) the meaningful inclusion of marginalized groups, sectors or levels of engagement; 2) overcoming or mitigating structural inequalities, including corruption and the abuse of power; 3) pursuing ‘comprehensive’ approaches, especially those that build trust and social cohesion; and 4) relying on arts- and technology-based interventions.
28 Jun 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkThe so-called Islamic State’s meteoric rise to power in Syria and Iraq was partially due to its creative use of social media to distribute propaganda and recruit new members. Well, irony of ironies. The homicidal group has now issued an official ban on social media activities by all its fighters. In this blog, Bryan Price and Muhammad al-`Ubaydi explain why.
21 Jun 2017 | PublicationsThe authors of this report question two assumptions that often taint European debates on migration and terrorism – 1) refugees are vulnerable to downstream radicalization and recruitment, and 2) refugee flows provide an unchecked ‘backdoor’ for terrorists. In both instances, the authors continue, a more nuanced approach is necessary, as they elaborate here.
In today’s video, Mathieu Boulegue explores the current state and anticipated evolution of Russia’s military-industrial complex (MIC). He specifically grapples with 1) the opaque and complicated decision-making processes within the MIC; 2) the growing ‘civilianization’ of Russia’s defense industry; 3) the recent evolution of industrial strategies in the defense sector; and 4) the pending State Armament Program for 2017-2025.