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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.
30 Nov 2016 | Security WatchIn this backgrounder, Genevieve Casagrande lays out the composition and operational behavior of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which the US created in late 2015 to fight alongside the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and others against the so-called Islamic State. As part of her analysis, Casagrande also identifies the largest and most influential groups operating within the SDF.
30 Nov 2016 | Security WatchClaiming the Diaspora: Russia´s Compatriot Policy and its Reception by [the] Estonian-Russian PopulationIn this in-depth and empirically-based case study, Kristina Kallas looks at Russia’s external compatriot policy (known as Russkiy Mir) and its reception by the Russian-speaking community in Estonia. Kallas particularly focuses on Russia’s claims on the Russophone population in the Baltic State and the reactions and perceptions of Russia’s hegemonic ambitions by the Estonian-Russians themselves.
30 Nov 2016 | CSS Blog NetworkWell, the updated data Sam Perlo-Freeman provides here isn’t encouraging. For example, post-1975 military spending in Asia, Oceania and East Asia has grown consistently; post-1995 African outlays have surged, largely because the continent’s economies have improved; and the Middle East remains a buyer’s market. Sadly, the news isn’t any better in the other parts of the world.
21 Nov 2016 | PublicationsThis report explores 1) the waves of protests that have hit the hydrocarbon-rich southern part of Algeria since 2013, and 2) how the authorities there have tried to maintain a tenuous peace by relying on handouts and repression. To ensure a prolonged peace, however, the text’s authors contend that the Algerian state needs to clarify its policies, communicate more effectively with local protestors, and address underlying governance issues.
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.