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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the global status of nuclear armaments; why US special operations forces failed to prevent the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Philippines; and China’s preemptive missile strike capabilities. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the European Commission’s proposed regulation on risk-preparedness in the energy sector; China’s counterspace strategy; and the risks and benefits of drawing lessons today from Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War.
17 Jul 2017 | Security WatchAccording to Shannon Kile and Hans Kristensen, global nuclear weapon inventories have shrunk from a peak of nearly 70,000 warheads in the mid-1980s to 14,935 today. However, the pace of reductions is slowing and all nine nuclear-weapon possessing states are modernizing their arsenals.
17 Jul 2017 | Security WatchImproving Cooperation among EU Member States in Handling Electricity Crises: Lessons for the Regulation on Risk-preparednessWill the European Commission’s proposed regulation on risk-preparedness improve EU member state cooperation on electricity crises? To find out, the authors of this article examine 1) the barriers preventing better cooperation among EU states; 2) the electricity crisis that hit South East Europe in early 2017; and 3) what both of these mean for provisions of the European Commission’s proposal.
17 Jul 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAccording to Alexandra Sarlo, ongoing efforts by the Baltic States to eliminate questionable Russian-language media sources may backfire. Such moves may just look like the suppression of information and perspectives the Baltic governments simply don’t like. So what can be done? Sarlo contends a better approach may be for the Baltic countries to 1) increase the number of credible media sources for Russian speakers; and 2) help train their populations to identify media bias.
Jul 2017 | PublicationsWhat were the consequences of the 2006 Lebanon War for Israel and Lebanon? This collection of essays seeks to answer this question by looking at 1) the lessons the Israel Defense Forces learned from the conflict; 2) media discourse about the war in Israel between 2006 and 2016; 3) changes in the political environment in Lebanon over the last decade, and much more.
Our featured partner this week is the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). The main objectives of the Institute are to 1) promote greater awareness and understanding about international politics, and 2) help spread democratic freedom and social justice.
Is war likely to happen in Asia over the next decade? In this video, a panel of experts tackles this question by reviewing the possible implications of China’s rise and its potential displacement of the US, historic regional rivalries, the forces driving Beijing to expand its military power at sea, and much more.