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; the use of coercive diplomacy in The Gambia; how contested histories are undermining the rebuilding of trust in European security; and the possibility of Europe having to plan for a future in which the US is less willing to assume a leadership role in addressing international problems.
23 Mar 2017 | Security WatchTwo years after Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to pursue a contested third term as Burundi’s president, the country’s problems have only worsened. Killings, disappearances, gender- and ethnic-based violence, and hate speech are all part of a ‘new normal’. Oh, and did we mention that Nkurunziza is actively undermining the 2000 Arusha Accords and blocking the deployment of a 5,000-person African Union civilian protection force.
23 Mar 2017 | Security WatchIn this Strategic Trends 2017 chapter, Christian Nünlist explores how different interpretations of the recent past have contributed to Russia’s disengagement from Europe’s post-1991 peace order. While the current separation doesn’t constitute a new Cold War, both parties would be wise to 1) reconstruct their shared and contested history, and 2) take stock of their missed opportu¬nities. Otherwise, the lack of trust and insecurity that presently mar Russian-European relations will continue.
23 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkBurma is "marching toward the doors of democracy,” observes Nancy Lindborg, but myriad problems remain. They include a stuttering economy, a politically potent military, Buddhist-Muslim clashes in Rakhine State, violence in Kachin and Shan States, the muted but still present voice of ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks, and perhaps most importantly, the overtly cautious political behavior of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Mar 2017 | PublicationsThis report analyzes fifteen possible courses of action that might neutralize ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria without jeopardizing wider American interests or accepting undue costs or risks. The report’s authors ultimately conclude that a five-phase plan would work best, beginning with the US and ‘acceptable partners’ securing a base of operations in Southeastern Syria, such as Abu Kamal, and then launching clearing operations along the Euphrates River Valley.
Our featured partner this week is swisspeace, which is a practically-minded organization that strives to 1) build up local and international peacebuilding capacities, and 2) shape political and academic discourses on peace policy. It accomplishes these ends by performing and publishing research analyses, conducting various types of training, and providing a common space for personal networking, knowledge transfers, and the exchange of experiences.
The belief in multilateral international governance may still exist but would abandoning it be all that bad? Indeed, would our world be more secure and prosperous if national players managed international affairs on a deal-by-deal basis? In today’s video, four University of Oxford faculty members square off in a pro-con debate on these questions and more.