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Dear Patron: The Resources portion of the CSS website is the successor to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN). As in the case of its predecessor, the fundamental purpose of the Resources section is outreach -- i.e., it features the publications and analyses of CSS experts, external partners and like-minded institutions in order to promote further dialogue on important international relations and security-related issues.

This Week's Two Security Watch Series

This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the lingering Responsibility to Protect (R2P) issues raised by NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya; the role of killer robots in future warfare; the relationship between undemocratic Salafism and the terrorist threat in Europe; the ongoing crisis in Burundi; and how to reestablish state authority in peace operations settings. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the hybrid nature of diplomacy in the 21st century; the first 100 days of Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev; a possible new model for African coercion; how to rebuild trust in European security; and how domestic controversies within the US are impacting its policies toward Europe.

Video: Polarization and the Subversion of Democracy in Latin America

In today’s video, Milan Svolik investigates how democracies collapse into authoritarian rule. What particularly intrigues him is the method now used to precipitate change. No, it’s not old-fashioned military coups. Instead, democratically elected leaders have learned to stage-manage elections in order to engineer nonviolent ‘democratic reversals’. A prime example of this type of executive takeover, or so Svolik believes, is Venezuela.

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