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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the reliability of proxies in Syria; the dubious utility of “lessons learned” approaches to studying war; the recruiting of child soldiers in Africa; the uncomfortable relationship political progressives have with military intervention; and the ethical questions surrounding autonomous weapon systems. Then, in our SW series, we look at the EU’s role in helping precipitate the Brexit; Turkey’s current political Game of Thrones; the “three speeds” of the Venezuelan crisis; how the Ebola epidemic affected the politics and stability of the Mano River Basin; and the unfolding geopolitical impact of China in Latin America.
23 Aug 2016 | Security WatchThe ´Lessons Learned´ Trap and How to Avoid It: Drawing from the Israeli Armoured Experience, 1948-1973Believing in “lessons learned” can lead you astray, argues Damien O’Connell. You can misunderstand them, you can be misguided by them, and you certainly can misuse them. It also seems that modern militaries are particularly vulnerable to these “self-inflicted wounds,” as illustrated by the history of Israeli mechanized forces up through the Yom Kippur War.
23 Aug 2016 | Security WatchOğuzhan Göksel believes a more balanced account of Turkish politics and power struggles is needed in the West. What we’ve seen thus far are narratives that have been shaped by the established soft-power of the Gülen Movement, the reductionist tendencies of the Western media, and an acute Erdoğan phobia. In contrast, the complex tale Göksel weaves is truly a Game of Thrones.
23 Aug 2016 | CSS BlogIf there's a Russian leader whose reputation has been unequivocally rehabilitated during the Putin era, observes Matthew Dal Santo, it’s Tsar Nicholas II. Indeed, “bloody Nicholas” has become the “Tsar-Martyr” whom the Russian Orthodox Church declared a saint in 2000. So, what’s going on here? Is it an attempt to knit the country's history together again, and declare that the aberrant 1917 revolution is finally over?
4 Aug 2016 | PublicationsEach year, the US Department of Defense details the funding requirements for the American Armed Forces’ “big ticket” acquisition programs. This study uses the most recent data available to summarize the status of eighty separate programs that fall under eight procurement categories.
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