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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the clearance of unexploded ordinances created by UN peacekeeping operations; the lessons learned from the 1995 international intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and how the US, South Korea and Japan can enhance the deterrence capabilities in the face of North Korea’s developing nuclear program. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the Trump administration’s preparations to end the Iran nuclear deal and what this means for trans-Atlantic relations; the 30 July Constituent Assembly vote in Venezuela; and Russia’s Border Dispute with Belarus.
14 Aug 2017 | Security WatchWhen a UN peacekeeping force is deployed in battle, what are the UN’s responsibilities in terms of the post-combat clearance of unexploded ordinances (UXOs)? According to Antonio Garcia, the answer to this question is insufficiently clear, even though it has taken on much greater significance since the introduction of UN tactical offensive operations. For example, Garcia contends this means that even when such operations are achieving their tactical aims on the battlefield, they may be creating humanitarian hazards for local populations and increasing the threat of the proliferation of improvised explosive devices.
14 Aug 2017 | Security WatchJack Thompson and Oliver Thränert argue that President Trump´s administration is laying the groundwork for the US to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. However, they suggest that if the US were to end its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, it would severely damage transatlantic relations and the nuclear non-proliferation regime. As a result, Thompson and Thränert urge European governments to talk with Trump’s most influential advisers and convince them that a unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA will leave the US isolated.
14 Aug 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAccording to Nathalie Tocci, an unprecedented alignment of factors has converged to make European defense integration a real possibility for the first time. For instance, she suggests that the prospect of Brexit, Donald Trump´s election in the US, and a greater focus on defense by the European Commission and Germany have all contributed to talk about a European defense union. In response, Tocci here looks at 1) what such a defense union could consist of; and 2) how Italy should position itself in the process of such a union´s formation.
3 Aug 2017 | PublicationsThis paper examines the potential applications of big data by national security communities, with a particular focus on this technology´s possible use by Australia. The topics covered include 1) how to tackle the problem of the sheer size of the data available; 2) key trends in big data, such as the convergence of big data and machine learning; 3) the potential security applications of entity recognition and tracking as well as predictive analytics; 4) the limitations and risks of using big data for security purposes, and more.
Our featured partner this week is Saferworld, which is an independent, internationally-oriented organization that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. In pursuing these ends, it 1) performs research and analysis that is designed to improve multi-level policies and practices that help build lasting peace, and 2) works with those negatively affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security.
How can nonviolent movements and civil resistance campaigns work with peacebuilding practitioners to prevent conflict? To help answer this question, the four experts in this video discuss 1) what the theories of nonviolence and of negotiation share in common; 2) the complementary practices that are shared by approaches to civil resistance and peacebuilding, and more.