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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on Northeast Asia’s evolving security order and what the EU can do to improve it; the number of suicide bombings that occurred in 2016; how the tensions in the South China Sea might evolve over the next 2-3 years; what it will take to make a “surge in [the] diplomacy for peace” successful; and what are the key pillars of Russian strategy. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the three articles in Russian Analytical Digest #196; the possibility of an “African Spring”; what Europe can do to help preserve Tunisia´s fragile democracy; the strategic adjustments the new Trump administration might provoke in Asia; and why we collectively need to “decolonize” socio-political norms.
24 Jan 2017 | Security WatchAccording to Ilana Kricheli, Yotam Rosner, Aviad Mendelboim and Yoram Schweitzer, 2016 was the deadliest year yet for suicide terrorism. 800 perpetrators killed 5,650 people and injured 9,480 others while carrying out 469 attacks in 28 countries. Unsurprisingly, the so-called Islamic States was either directly or indirectly responsible for 70% of the suicide bombings in the world.
24 Jan 2017 | Security WatchMight the proliferation of violent and non-violent protests in sub-Saharan Africa lead to an African Spring in 2017? Eva Nolle argues that the region’s opposition movements are indeed undergoing a major paradigm shift and local people are clamoring for more power. Despite these developments, however, it’s unlikely that major protest waves will erupt, dethrone regimes, or necessarily spill-over into neighboring countries.
24 Jan 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkAs Daniel Keohane sees it, supporters of the EU should be troubled by President Donald Trump’s remark that “People, countries, want their own identity.” The quotation suggests that the new US leader will indeed try to create a sovereigntist world order that’s based on bilateral relations. The irony here, observes Keohane, is that deeper bilateralism across Europe may be the region’s best antidote to Trump’s likely agenda.
Jan 2017 | PublicationsThis inaugural issue of Cyber, Intelligence and Security focuses on the pursuit of cyberspace policies and strategies, the attempts to regulate the cyber domain, national cyber infrastructure defense, and cyber warfare. The journal’s articles specifically look at 1) the history of the US’ approach to cyber conflicts; 2) the so-called Islamic State’s online psychological operations and viral marketing; 3) the role of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity, and much more.
Our featured partner this week is the Oxford Research Group (ORG), which is an independent think tank that focuses on sustainable approaches to security and the curtailing of global violence. It supports these ends by performing recommendations-centered research and promoting wide-ranging dialogue on security-related subjects.