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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on Iran’s conventional missile program; the need for a stakeholder-centric counterinsurgency doctrine; Azerbaijan’s readjusted security policy; the cutting-edge military technologies DARPA is pursuing; and the status of secession in international politics. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the factors behind the global refugee crisis; the so-called Islamic State’s presence in Pakistan; the frayed edges of international law; the contested utility of EU Special Representatives; and whether secession is justified, particularly in the case of Kashmir.
28 Sep 2016 | Security WatchAccording to Aleksandra Jarosiewicz, a shifting international environment and growing concerns over domestic stability have prompted the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan to sidle up to Russia and open up its cooperation with Iran. Today, Jarosiewicz describes the early consequences of these decisions.
28 Sep 2016 | Security WatchCurrent crises have fueled the widespread belief that they embody a broader problem with international law (IL). Katja Creutz, however, doesn’t agree. If IL now seems more of an inconvenience for states than a tool for cooperation, it’s because of problems that go beyond this body of law’s making.
28 Sep 2016 | CSS BlogWell, for one thing they’re “incredibly difficult” to manage, say Sam Ghatak, Aaron Gold and Brandon Prins. Indeed, in transnational affairs territorial disputes are the most conflict-prone, the most fatal, the most likely to escalate into inter-state warfare, and the most difficult to resolve. Here are the reasons why.
2016 | PublicationsIn this paper, Joshua Rogers first lays out the “causal pathways” that exist between civil wars and the changes in political and state institutions that inevitably follow. He then provides an organizing framework to explore the conditions under which different pathways predominate over others.