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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the further professionalization of international police forces; the evolution of war and conflict in Africa; the potential role of women in NATO Special Operations Forces; the military dimensions of state power in the Great Lakes region of Africa; and Europe’s indirect impact on military security in East Asia. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the ability of investment treaties to undermine human rights; NATO’s precarious solidarity; the levels of public support terrorism receives in Muslim majority countries; the prospects of an independent Iraqi Kurdistan; and the unfolding famine in Northeast Nigeria.
25 May 2017 | Security WatchAccording to Gérard Prunier, Africa’s Great Lakes region has “the most impressive politico-cultural network of permanent states on the continent.” Indeed, the areas now marked off by Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi were long ruled by complex administrative structures that governed well, but increasingly used their armed forces to shape and control states. These forces, however, were not ‘cookie cutter’ versions of each other, nor are they that way today, as Prunier explains here.
25 May 2017 | Security WatchOK, so how close are Iraqi Kurds to establishing their own independent state in Northern Iraq? In this article, Gallia Lindenstrauss and Adrien Cluzet analyze the myriad factors that have to be addressed if a truly autonomous or South Sudan-like homeland is to appear. In all cases, our authors are confident that such an entity would be pro-Western, have a favorable attitude towards Israel, and remain lukewarm to the idea of creating a Greater Kurdistan
26 May 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkVladimir Putin’s government has thus far designated over 150 Russian NGOs as foreign agents. For the seeming ‘crime’ of receiving external funding, these organizations have been subjected to crippling fines, onerous lawsuits, and even liquidation. The problem, observes Saskia Brechenmacher, is that this obvious attempt to cower and quarantine civil society isn’t unique to Russia. More than 60 countries, including Egypt and Ethiopia, have harassed civic activists and criminalized dissent.
May 2017 | PublicationsIn this text, Raeesah Cassim Cachalia and Albertus Schoeman 1) examine South Africa’s post-apartheid experience with violent extremism; 2) assess the threats today’s militants pose to the country; and 3) provide eight recommendations on how both the government and civil society might deal with a problem that is still limited, but which could exploit conditions that are getting worse in South Africa and have been known to lead to extremism in other countries.
Our featured partner this week is the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre), which is a private diplomacy-oriented organization that's founded on the principles of 'humanity, impartiality and independence'. Its specific mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
As global wealth and influence flow from west to east, Asia’s growth is increasingly being tied to global integration. However, in the US this process of easternization is often portrayed as a threat to American jobs and security. In today’s video, Gideon Rachman considers whether there’s an alternative to this zero sum assessment of US-Asia relations.