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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the early conceptual development of hybrid warfare; the wisdom of updating NATO’s maritime strategy; the military tasks required by the new EU Global Strategy; how the so-called Islamic State globalized its bloody Ramadan campaign; and the economic dimensions of Russian security. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the ongoing struggle to reform the UN Security Council; the benefits Big Data can provide aid agencies; Germany’s new leadership role in the EU; the relationship between climate change and future food production; and what Europe can learn by comparing the TTP and TTIP.
29 Jul 2016 | Security WatchTowards Self-Sufficiency? Economics as a Dimension of Russian Security and the National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation to 2020Russia’s economic weaknesses shouldn’t be confused with outright fragility, argues Richard Connolly. The country remains an important source of natural resources, it has the seventh largest manufacturing sector in the world, and it has nearly $400 billion in foreign exchange reserves. Given these strengths and others, Moscow’s plans to reduce its vulnerability to external geo-economic pressures just might work.
29 Jul 2016 | Security WatchLike many others, Richard Higgott believes that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are the products of politics as much as economics. What that actually means is that 1) the trade deals aren’t multilateral enough, and therefore too protectionist for their own good; and 2) Europe should pay heed to the Asia-Pacific region’s experiences with sub-optimal regional trade deals.
29 Jul 2016 | CSS BlogFethullah Gulen stands accused of recently attempting to topple Turkish President Recep Erdogan from power. Well, is Gulen a guiltless religious modernizer or a guilty conspirator? James Dorsey isn’t so sure that’s the only question to ask here. The one that intrigues him is how Gulen stopped being a “cherished ally and weapon” and became a pariah.
2016 | PublicationsDespite many lower-level successes, coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq ultimately failed to accomplish their core objectives. So, what four broad lessons should the future leaders of similar operations learn from these two frustrating experiences? Here are Nathan White’s recommendations.
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