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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the evolving technical and policy dimensions of missile defense in Europe; the relationship between global power distribution and warfighting in the 21st century; the roles of ideology and cultural violence in Darfur; the present status of the International Criminal Court; and the unmaking of the existing global order. Then, in our second SW series, we look at how Egypt’s youth could decide the country’s fate; Afghanistan’s uncertain future; the tensions between migration quotas and EU market access in Switzerland; the assaults by authoritarian states against civil society; and the use of “robocops” by law enforcement agencies in tomorrow’s cities.
25 Oct 2016 | Security WatchThe problem is simple, argues John Benedict. Too much effort is being spent by US national security experts on “narrow problem and solution spaces” without an adequate appreciation of the broader trends and potential shocks that could dramatically change U.S. national security perspectives. Here’s the solution to the problem.
25 Oct 2016 | Security WatchAs Olli Ruohomäki sees it, political rifts and internal tensions continue to bedevil the Afghan government. The specific problems include contending ethnic factions, uncertainties over the distribution of executive power in Kabul, the ubiquitous presence of the Taliban, the growing threat posed by foreign extremists and more. In a nutshell, the fragmentation that has marred Afghanistan in the past will continue to hobble it in the future.
25 Oct 2016 | CSS BlogArthur Boutellis’ answer to the above question is a complicated one. Counter-IED training and equipment are important, as are three-dimensional intelligence gathering capabilities, avoiding “two tier” missions, etc. Ultimately, however, what truly matters is that missions such as MINUSMA must adopt more strategic-level approaches to waging and sustaining peace.
Oct 2016 | PublicationsIn this paper, Arthur Boutellis and Naureen Chowdhury Fink contemplate whether, where, when and how counterterrorism and counter-extremism activities might be integrated into UN peace operations. The additional topics our authors cover include 1) UN mission mandates; 2) the management of relationships with host countries; 3) mission resources and capability limits, and much more.
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In today’s video, the ISS’ Martin Ewi focuses on 1) the strategic importance of Sub-Saharan Africa to the so-called Islamic State (IS); 2) the group’s expanding presence and activities on the continent; and 3) what should be done to blunt IS’ ambitions in this part of the world.