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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.
27 Apr 2017 | Security WatchLaleh Khalili has no doubts – the logistics and infrastructure of counterinsurgency are as significant as the actual fighting. Indeed, roads – and logistics provision more generally – don’t simply serve immediate or tactical military functions against opponents. They’re also instruments of social engineering, as illustrated in Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories.
27 Apr 2017 | Security WatchHave sanctions become a permanent part of the EU’s relations with Russia? As Sabine Fischer sees it, they may have helped curb the war in the Donbas region of Ukraine, but they haven’t forced Moscow to vacate Crimea or implement the Minsk Agreements. Given the sanction regime’s spotty record, the willingness of EU members to maintain them against their neighbor is more fragile than ever. That’s why it’s time for Brussels to consider a more flexible approach towards Moscow, says Fischer.
27 Apr 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkRussia is unique, says Tom Fedyszyn. It has historically used its formidable land forces to defend and expand its territories, but it has also assembled – albeit in fits and starts – naval forces equal to or greater than most of its adversaries. So, why has this traditional land power engaged in such counterintuitive behavior? Further, does recent history shed light on the Putin regime’s current and future naval ambitions? These are the questions Fedyszyn grapples with in this blog, and more.
Apr 2017 | PublicationsThe New Primacy of Partnerships: The UN, Regional Organizations, Civil Society, and the Private SectorThis paper examines the increasing number of “networks of interests” that exist in the world, with a particular emphasis on the roles of the UN, regional organizations, civil society and NGOs, and the private sector. In the case of the UN, the text analyzes its relationships with other players and outlines the best cooperation strategies it should pursue in order to adapt to an increasingly complex world.
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, Hamdullah Mohib, Anwar ul-Haq and Vanda Felbab-Brown provide Afghan and US perspectives on 1) Afghanistan’s current economic, political and security dynamics, and 2) America’s evolving interests in the country.