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 security dynamics of the Indian Ocean; the future of the German Navy in the new European security environment; the jihadist mobilization of women in Spain from 2014 to 2016; the importance of infrastructure in counterinsurgency; and the costs of Australian warships over their service lives. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the difficulties associated with tracking conflict-related deaths; conflict-driven famine in Yemen; the ‘ leader for life syndrome’ of African heads of state; the EU’s sanctions policy towards Russia; and Africa’s economic past, present and future.
24 Apr 2017 | Security WatchAccording to Shivshankar Menon, the maritime order in the Indian Ocean is calm but fragile, primarily because the region lacks an overarching security architecture and faces a diverse range of traditional and non-traditional security threats. So what’s needed? Well, how about maritime cooperation agreements; naval risk reduction measures; code of conduct negotiations; and the application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?
24 Apr 2017 | Security WatchIn order to support UN Sustainable Goal 16, governments have pledged to track the number of people who are killed in armed conflict and to disaggregate the data by sex, age, and cause. Too bad there’s no international consensus on definitions, methods, or standards to be used in generating the data, and that the monitoring systems run by IOs and civil organizations differ in their thematic coverage, geographical focus and level of disaggregation. Here’s what Irene Pavesi thinks should be done about these problems.
24 Apr 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkWhen it comes to violence prevention and conflict transformation, honing effective Early Warning/Early Response (EWER) mechanisms are top priorities for working mediators. But should these tools be macroscopic in scope or should they privilege community-based approaches? Here’s Steven Leach’s answer.
Mar 2017 | PublicationsThe 27 contributors to this text explore how Russia and China are negotiating their potential areas of overlap and contention in non-traditional security spheres, including Asia, Europe, cyberspace and even the Arctic. The specific topics covered include 1) shifts in arms trading and military exercises; 2) the evolving roles of missile defense and hypersonic glide weapons; 3) nuclear modernization and updated attitudes towards escalation control, and much more.
Our featured partner this week is the Pacific Forum CSIS, which is a private, nonprofit foreign policy research institute that operates as the Asia-Pacific arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As part of its mission, it provides timely analyses of the strategic, political and security-centered developments that shape the Asia-Pacific region.
In today’s video, Major General Giovanni Fungo, who is the current Commander of KFOR, first addresses a fundamental question – What is Kosovo? He then goes on to describe the multiple functions of KFOR, Kosovo’s “extremely challenging” security environment, how NATO’s Comprehensive Approach is faring in the country, and much more.