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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the recent prevalence of ‘gray zone’ conflicts and why they will become more frequent and complex in the future; the measured return of military conscription; what the African Peace and Security Architecture can teach Europe about developing security structures; what’s needed to reshape the US military; and the role of nuclear blackmail in the use of hard power. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the deteriorating security situation in Donbas Oblast; the potential role of safe zones in Syria; the form and substance of economic sanctions; the notion of ‘autism’ in foreign policy; and the ‘sovereign obligations’ we have in World Order 2.0.
22 Feb 2017 | Security WatchDeveloping Security Structures in Europe: Lessons Learned from the African Peace and Security ArchitectureAs Floris van der Beek sees it, the African Union (AU) is a step ahead of the EU in its development of continental peace and security structures. The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), for example, is largely operational and is one of five African examples, both positive and negative, that might help develop an effective security framework for the EU.
22 Feb 2017 | Security WatchHere’s a pithy, soup-to-nuts description of economic sanctions, courtesy of Jonathan Masters. He specifically lays out 1) what constitutes this form of punishment and when it is typically applied; 2) the sanctions processes of the UN, EU and US (in the latter case, Masters also covers how Washington’s approach changed after the 9/11 attacks); 3) the nature of extraterritorial sanctions; and 4) whether sanctions generally work or not.
22 Feb 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkWill growing tensions between Belarus and Russia lead to a new crisis in Eastern Europe? Arkady Moshes and Ryhor Nizhnikau worry about the possibility, which stems from Russia’s attempts to dampen President Lukashenko’s flirtations with the West. If things do spiral out of control, the resulting crisis will require a significantly higher level of commitment and resources from the EU. But will it actually respond?
Dec 2016 | PublicationsIn this paper, Michal Makocki and Nicu Popescu examine Russia’s post-2014 ‘pivot to the East’ and the pivot within the pivot, which specifically focuses on Russia-China relations. Our authors particularly highlight 1) the areas of convergence and divergence between Moscow and Beijing; 2) the asymmetric interests and resources both countries have at their disposal; and 3) the overarching impact the asymmetries will have on Russia’s policy in Asia.
Our featured partner this week is the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), which is an independent foreign affairs-centered think tank. Through its analyses, publications and outreach activities, it aims to develop policy ideas and inclusive partnerships that promote a more equitable world.