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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 South China Sea arbitration decision; 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.
26 Aug 2016 | Security WatchIn this transcript, Robert Sparrow focuses on the ethical and security issues surrounding “killer robots” – i.e., weapon systems that independently determine who should live or die. He ultimately concludes that such weapons should be banned because they are “mala en se” (evils in themselves). In other words, the ethical foundations for such systems just don’t exist.
26 Aug 2016 | Security WatchChina’s Advance in Latin America: Geostrategic Implications for Europe, the US, and the Region ItselfMikael Wigell believes China’s growing presence in Latin America could 1) unleash greater regional integration; 2) increase Brazil’s strategic interest in its neighboring countries; and 3) permit the area to pursue greater autonomy from the US and Western institutions. Here’s how Europe and the US should respond.
26 Aug 2016 | CSS BlogThe head of the Russian Armed Forces wants his leading military theorists and specialists to develop a soft power strategy. This may sound like an oxymoron, but Ryan Bauer reminds us it’s not. The strategy’s goal wouldn’t be to project Russia’s values or make the country more attractive to others. Instead, it would try to counter foreign assaults directed against the Russian Federation.
Jul 2016 | PublicationsThe Framework Nations’ Concept and NATO: Game-Changer for a New Strategic Era or Missed Opportunity?Diego Ruiz Palmer believes NATO should develop a military strategy that functions just below the Alliance’s Strategic Concept and that reflects Europe’s current security environment. As he sees it, the Framework Nations’ Concept (FNC), which Germany first proposed, fits the bill. It could, for example, create “coherent forces” and much more.
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