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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.
21 Mar 2017 | Security WatchDespite arguments to the contrary, Johannes Lang believes we should reject claims that lethal autonomous weapons will make war more discriminate, more controllable, and less risky. In fact, given the dangers these arms raise, governments should work to impose an international ban or moratorium on their development and use.
21 Mar 2017 | Security WatchThe first 100 days of Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, yielded the impression that long overdue change may be coming to one of Central Asia’s most repressive states. Before we get too excited, however, we need to remember that Mirziyoyev has inherited a system that’s designed to protect ruling elites at the expense of the population. In other words, the new president faces a long fight ahead of him.
21 Mar 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkAccording to Dennis Blasco, both the United States and China believe in peace through strength. In Beijing’s case, however, it believes a viable deterrence posture depends on 1) an active defense; 2) a Sun Tzu-like emphasis on the weak asymmetrically overcoming the strong; and 3) exercising ‘war control’, which ideally focuses on preventing the very thing it aims to contain.
Feb 2017 | PublicationsThis report gauges Russia's power by reviewing its capabilities, intentions and other factors in nine key areas. The latter include 1) the Russian military's conventional and nuclear capabilities; 2) the country's economic strengths and weaknesses, particularly in the military sphere; 3) Moscow’s soft power in the post-Soviet space and beyond; 4) the normative dimensions of Russia’s global influence; 5) the domestic challenges to the country’s strength, and much more.
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.
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.