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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on China’s command and control options for its budding SSBN force; how to win the peace in post-ISIS Syria and Iraq; the particulars of Russia’s new foreign policy concept; the future of Jihadism in Europe; and how we continue to misunderstand the sources of religious violence. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Russia’s “heavy metal” diplomacy since 2014; the 10 conflicts to watch out for in 2017; the role of women in nonviolent movements; the importance of ideas, identities and values in the MENA region; and the application of transnational justice in Southeast Asia.
13 Jan 2017 | Security WatchThese days, too many people tend to 1) conflate religious violence with terrorism; 2) assume the principal source of the brutality is “religious” in nature; and 3) focus their attention on violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. According to Adam Garfinkle, these conflations are “unfortunate” because they dumb-down a truly nuanced phenomenon.
13 Jan 2017 | Security WatchWhen the UN declared that the 1990s was going to be the “Decade of International Law,” optimism spread about the future of world peace. At the same time, a new chapter in transnational law opened up. Its backers believed that putting the perpetrators of mass atrocity crimes on trial would promote human security. Well, the evidence on the latter point remains inconclusive, argues Sorpong Peou, particularly in the case of Southeast Asia.
13 Jan 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkThe public discourse on migration is comprised of numerous and often competing narratives which end up illustrating the phenomenon’s complexity. However, too many of these narratives are framed at the state or regional levels. That’s why in today’s blog Kate Sullivan focuses on the number and experiences of the people who are actually on the move.
Dec 2016 | PublicationsKaliningrad Oblast is typically thought of as an environmental disaster zone or a heavily militarized thorn in Europe’s side. The authors of this report know that this federal subject of Russia is more significant than that, as they confirm here. They basically explore the why and how of the new governance model Moscow is trying to apply to the oblast, which is partially being driven by 1) the Putin administration’s desire to rein in Kaliningrad’s local elites and population, and 2) Russia’s military strategy in the Baltic region.
Our featured partner this week is the NATO Defense College (NDC), which has a three-part charter – 1) to enhance the effectiveness and cohesion of the NATO Alliance; 2) to foster strategic-level thinking on political and military issues; and 3) to function as a major center of security-oriented education, study and research.
In today’s video, Attorney General Jeremy Wright explains the UK’s position on how international law applies to self-defense. In particular, he discusses the concept of 'imminence' and, for the first time, outlines the legal considerations UK leaders would address before taking defensive actions against an imminent attack.