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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on 10 important acquisition programs that might be “distorted” because of the US Department of Defense’s budget woes; Tunisia’s growing vulnerability to the so-called Islamic State; the composition and behavior of the Syrian Democratic Forces; when, why and how refugees become receptive to militant messaging; and the potential impact of emerging Chinese surveillance and strike complexes. Then, in our second SW series, we look at what Europe can expect from Germany´s evolving migration policy; the current status of the European Parliament; the impact of Russia’s compatriot policy on Estonia’s Russian population; Europe’s current energy dynamics; and whether Russia and China are “gaming” the West.
1 Dec 2016 | Security WatchAnswering the above question is difficult, argues Kristian Berg Harpviken, because the socialization process takes place in a number of different settings, ranging from informal personal encounters to the media. What we do know is that insecurity, uncertainty and isolation provide rich loam for intolerant narratives, and that “refugee warriors” do impact inter-group dynamics when they return to their country of origin.
1 Dec 2016 | Security WatchIn this article, Gareth Winrow examines Europe’s current and future energy status through the lenses of two EU documents – the European Energy Security Strategy of May 2014 and the Energy Union Package of February 2015. Winrow concludes that 1) natural gas will remain an important part of the EU’s energy mix; 2) supply security will grow in importance; and 3) serious questions remain about shale gas extraction.
1 Dec 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkAccording to Nikolas Gvosdev and Derek Reveron, the questions the US President-elect should ask include the following. Why has the US strategically failed in Afghanistan? How can the US convince its allies to contribute more to their collective defense? Why has the US opted to isolate Russia? Can cyberspace be preserved as a civilian domain? Etc.
Nov 2016 | PublicationsThis paper sheds light on the personal experiences of foreign fighters, primarily by examining those who joined the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The paper's authors specifically focus on 1) how we conceptualize foreign fighters, including the jihadists among them; 2) what spurs these individuals to action and how they’re radicalized; 3) the actual experiences of foreign combatants on the battlefield, and much more.
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) is a research organization that focuses on current international relations, with a particular interest in the EU. As part of its charter, FIIA pursues an active publications program and organizes noteworthy domestic and international events.
Peripatetic Slavoj Zizek is many things to many people – an ideological rogue elephant, a trickster figure, an ursine iconoclast with a self-deprecating sense of humor, and a serious philosopher. In this video, Paul Taylor reviews Zizek’s ideas on the nature of contemporary violence.