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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.
25 Aug 2016 | Security WatchIn Li Mingjian’s opinion, China’s reaction to the recent South China Sea arbitration decision was familiar enough – i.e., it was marked by “non-participation, non-recognition, non-acceptance and non-compliance.” Nevertheless, Mingjian believes the decision is a game changer that adds a troublesome fourth “T” to Beijing’s foreign policy agenda – Taiwan, Tibet, trade and now territorial (and maritime) disputes.
25 Aug 2016 | Security WatchBeyond the Disease: How the Ebola Epidemic Affected the Politics and Stability of the Mano River BasinThe Mano River Basin covers Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Between 2013 and 2015, it’s also where the Ebola virus infected 28,388 people and eventually killed 11,298 of them. In this article, Ibrahim Al-Bakri Nyei grapples with the most fundamental questions that relate to this epidemic, including the socio-economic conditions that permitted it to spread, and the political-security threats that the virus posed to the above countries.
25 Aug 2016 | CSS BlogYes, the so-called Islamic State plunders ancient sites and then attempts to sell its ill-gotten gains on the collector’s market. In fact, the group has an Antiquities Division that levies a 20% tax on all looted items and even issues permits to preferred excavators. Today, Matthew Gault describes what governments and museums are doing to fight what is both a moral and practical problem.
2016 | PublicationsBecause of war’s inherently interactive nature, victory often depends on which side is able to recognize the gaps in its performance most quickly and then adapt accordingly. In this article, Francis Hoffman does an uncommon thing. He explores how the US military tried to close strategic-level gaps in Afghanistan, particularly in its late 2009 (and beyond) surge.
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