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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the security dynamics of the Indian Ocean; the future of the German Navy in the new European security environment; the jihadist mobilization of women in Spain from 2014 to 2016; the importance of infrastructure in counterinsurgency; and the costs of Australian warships over their service lives. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the difficulties associated with tracking conflict-related deaths; conflict-driven famine in Yemen; the ‘ leader for life syndrome’ of African heads of state; the EU’s sanctions policy towards Russia; and Africa’s economic past, present and future.
26 Apr 2017 | Security Watch´There is No Life without Jihad and No Jihad without Hijrah´: The Jihadist Mobilisation of Women in Spain, 2014-16Here’s Carola García-Calvo’s intimate portrait of the jihadist mobilization of women in Spain. Based on her analysis, females who heed the radicals’ call exhibit a number of common traits – i.e., they’re typically young and single, 60% of them are Spanish, they’re not criminals, and they have a secondary-level education. Further, their limited self-radicalization indicates that the women are largely being recruited online, where they are summoned to fulfill a variety of roles within jihadist circles.
26 Apr 2017 | Security WatchWhy have political leaders remained so entrenched in Sub-Saharan Africa and what impact has their near-permanent status had on regional growth and stability? In the latter case, Claire Felter detects a strong correlation between hard-to-jettison strongmen and persistent Sub-Saharan developmental and security problems, including violent conflicts, social instability, economic downturns, and democratic backsliding. Here is Felter’s tale.
26 Apr 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkThe question is straightforward enough, says Lloyd Vasey: How can the West convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, and prevent a “cascade of proliferation”? Vasey’s answer includes special envoys, bilateral coordination and cooperation with China, a mini-Marshall Plan and a long-term security guarantee for North Korea.
Mar 2017 | PublicationsHow can non-strategic nuclear weapons holders, particularly Russia and the US, ensure these arms are not used in a conflict in Europe? This text argues one verifiable, legally-binding option could be to 1) transfer these warheads to a small number of storage facilities, and 2) develop verification procedures that would confirm the absence of deployed warheads at nearby, nuclear-capable bases. The virtue of this approach is that the parties involved wouldn’t have to disclose the number of warheads they possess, which has been a serious stumbling block in previous deterrence efforts.
Our featured partner this week is the Pacific Forum CSIS, which is a private, nonprofit foreign policy research institute that operates as the Asia-Pacific arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As part of its mission, it provides timely analyses of the strategic, political and security-centered developments that shape the Asia-Pacific region.
In today’s video, Hamdullah Mohib, Anwar ul-Haq and Vanda Felbab-Brown provide Afghan and US perspectives on 1) Afghanistan’s current economic, political and security dynamics, and 2) America’s evolving interests in the country.