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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the early conceptual development of hybrid warfare; the wisdom of updating NATO’s maritime strategy; the military tasks required by the new EU Global Strategy; how the so-called Islamic State globalized its bloody Ramadan campaign; and the economic dimensions of Russian security. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the ongoing struggle to reform the UN Security Council; the benefits Big Data can provide aid agencies; Germany’s new leadership role in the EU; the relationship between climate change and future food production; and what Europe can learn by comparing the TTP and TTIP.
27 Jul 2016 | Security WatchThe new European Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) specifies how the EU should conduct its external relations in the coming years. Okay, but what role should we expect the military to play as part of an eclectic mix of policy instruments? Today, Wolfgang Wosolsobe clarifies matters for us.
27 Jul 2016 | Security WatchAfter dodging the responsibility for years, Germany is finally taking up a leadership role in European foreign policy. However, as Josef Janning and Almut Möller see it, the familiar problem of worrying about German hegemony while also expecting Berlin to lead the way isn’t going away any time soon. That’s why it’s time to rebuild a political center where countries will willingly push for joint European solutions.
27 Jul 2016 | CSS BlogThe fear that Turkey’s Recep Erdogan would exploit the recently failed coup attempt against him (otherwise known as the “gift from Allah”) to consolidate his authoritarian rule is coming true. Jennifer Cafarella, however, has even bigger concerns. She’s worried that Ankara will soon deprioritize the fight against Daesh and start cooperating with the likes of al Qaeda to fulfill its foreign policy objectives.
Jun 2016 | PublicationsLocal Security-Making in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: The Production of Securityscapes by Everyday PracticesToo many security analyses are state-centric, argue Marc von Boemcken and his colleagues. What should be studied are the everyday security practices of dissimilar communities that abut up against each other. Indeed, that’s what our authors do in this text. They look at lower-level “perceptions of existential threat” in two countries that are almost always analyzed in geo-strategic terms.
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The deconstructionism practiced by Jacques Derrida remains controversial, as does his critique of violence. In today’s video, Gregg Lambert zeros in on the latter topic and the thinking of one of the premier French thinkers of the second half of the 20th century.