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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the recent prevalence of ‘gray zone’ conflicts and why they will become more frequent and complex in the future; the measured return of military conscription; what the African Peace and Security Architecture can teach Europe about developing security structures; what’s needed to reshape the US military; and the role of nuclear blackmail in the use of hard power. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the deteriorating security situation in Donbas Oblast; the potential role of safe zones in Syria; the form and substance of economic sanctions; the notion of ‘autism’ in foreign policy; and the ‘sovereign obligations’ we have in World Order 2.0.
21 Feb 2017 | Security WatchThis spring, the Swedish government is expected to revive military conscription after a seven year hiatus, thus joining its neighbor Norway and also Lithuania, which reinstated the draft after abolishing it a decade ago. So, why is conscription back on the table, at least in some Western states? Also, how can these states recruit the best conscripts and maximize their utility in the armed forces? Today, Elisabeth Braw grapples with these questions and more.
21 Feb 2017 | Security WatchIs it time to try and establish safe zones in Syria again? Esther Meininghaus and Andreas Heinemann-Grüder believe so. They specifically call for 1) a countrywide no-fly zone, except for Islamic State-controlled areas in the east; 2) a UN mandate to deploy peacekeeping forces; 3) a needs-based distribution system for humanitarian aid; and 4) preventing the creation of small-scale safe areas along Syria’s borders.
21 Feb 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkWhen it comes to burden sharing, has the US wrongly fixated on the lagging financial contributions of most NATO members? Richard Fontaine thinks so and that there are other, more meaningful measures of value beyond topline budget figures. Besides, since the 2014 Wales Summit, 20 of the 28 NATO states have increased the percentage of GDP they devote to defense. The question now, of course, is if they are spending their money wisely.
Feb 2017 | PublicationsIn this report, Maks Czuperski et al. detail the tactics and strategy that Iran, China, and Bashar al-Assad’s regime used to 1) succeed in their months-long siege of Aleppo, and 2) seriously damage the interests of the US and its allies. The methods employed included indiscriminate bombing, chemical and incendiary weapons, and unrelenting misinformation. These draconian measures, however, hardly ended Syria’s troubles, as our authors further describe here.
Our featured partner this week is the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), which is an independent foreign affairs-centered think tank. Through its analyses, publications and outreach activities, it aims to develop policy ideas and inclusive partnerships that promote a more equitable world.