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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the “new wars” China faces in Xinjiang and Tibet; the pressing need for a revised global non-proliferation agenda; the virtues of presence as a defense strategy; the utility of development agendas that bridge the development–security gap; and the varied nature of recent migration flows. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the demographic dimensions of unregulated migration; the probable consequences of the military coup in Turkey; how the expertise used to deal with urban street gangs might be applied to jihadists; the current status of governance, accountability and security in Nigeria; and the possibility of using an “Iran solution” to blunt North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
22 Jul 2016 | Security WatchThe mass migrations that are occurring today are not cut from the same cloth, observes Saskia Sassen. They are singular events that are being driven by an unprecedented number of factors, as illustrated by three very different migrant flows: (1) the movement of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the US; (2) the Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar; and (3) the great migration from the Middle East and the Horn of Africa towards Europe.
22 Jul 2016 | Security WatchSverre Lodgaard worries that North Korea is getting closer and closer to acquiring a de facto nuclear deterrence capability. He also thinks that past sanctions regimes have yielded few results. What’s really needed to rein Pyongyang in is a diplomatic initiative that’s inspired by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 nations and Iran.
22 Jul 2016 | CSS BlogDaryl Kimball believes there are four reasons to reject a first-use option for nuclear weapons – 1) it guarantees an escalation in violence; 2) it carries grave blowback risks; 3) it isn’t credible against nonnuclear threats; and 4) US allies or partners don’t presently depend on the threat of nuclear first-use.
Jun 2016 | PublicationsThis collection of background papers explores some of the thorniest problems mediators face in devising effective peace processes and resolving armed conflicts. The topics include 1) the role the UN plays in mediation; 2) the complex interplay between peace and justice; 3) the inclusion of women and civil society in peacemaking; 4) the normative frameworks in which mediators operate; and 5) the daunting tasks of implementing peace agreements.
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