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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the misadventures of Russia and the US in Syria; the 1956 Suez Crisis’ “curse” on NATO and the EU; history’s lessons for resolving today’s conflicts; the substantial jihadist threat that exists in the Balkans; and the role of women in the so-called Islamic State. Then, in our second SW series, we look at the growing use of clandestine offensive cyber operations by different nations; the impact of Brexit on the EU’s climate and energy policies; the potential role of (military) police in Swiss border control; the comparative difficulties of retaking Mosul; and the deliberate historical amnesia of five nations.
19 Oct 2016 | Security WatchHistory may not repeat itself, argues Matthew Burrows, but it can provide examples of what does and doesn’t work. To illustrate his point, today Burrows focuses on the attempts to resolve seven highly complex conflicts in the past, including two in the Middle East, and identifies seven prerequisites for ultimate success.
19 Oct 2016 | Security WatchIf Switzerland were to face a refugee crisis similar to the one recently experienced by Germany, the Swiss Border Guard (SBG) corps would be supported by country’s (military) police. The latter would provide a “number of relevant capabilities,” observes Lisa Wildi, but their deployability would also be limited.
19 Oct 2016 | CSS BlogIn this interview, Northwestern University’s Elizabeth Shakman Hurd discusses her new book, Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion. Among many other things, the text focuses on the “foreign religious interventionism” of present-day governments, which involves supporting “moderate” religious practices and suppressing “intolerant” ones.
Oct 2016 | PublicationsIn this report, Shuja Nawaz details 1) Pakistan’s post-2014 efforts to create a national security policy that will blunt the influence of militant and terrorist groups within the country, and 2) the impact civil-military relations are having on the process. As Nawaz sees it, the imbalance of power between political institutions, civil entities and the military is responsible for the dubious counterterrorism and militancy efforts we’ve seen in Pakistan thus far.
The Carnegie Middle East Center is one of five regional, public policy-focused think tanks established and operated by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The Center specifically concerns itself with political and economic developments within the Arab World, Turkey and Iran.
The so-called Islamic State consists of three interlocked threats and is quite different from al-Qaeda, says counterterrorism authority David Kilcullen. In today’s video, he explains that if we’re going to devise a strategy that will largely neuter this group in the future, we have to understand exactly what went wrong in the years since 9/11 and admit that everyone bears part of the blame, from "reckless" George W Bush to "feckless" Barak Obama.