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This Week's Two Security Watch Series
This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the so-called genocide taboo; what the Iran nuclear agreement can teach us about dealing with North Korea; the growing international movement against killer robots; the Canadian Army’s complex relationship with “core competencies”; and the 2016 Global Militarization Index. Then, in our second SW series, we look at Turkey’s growing entanglement with terrorism; China’s 2016 Space White Paper; the rural tactics of jihadists operating in the Sahel; the changing nature of warfare in the Middle East and North Africa; and France’s currently pivotal role in Europe.
16 Jan 2017 | Security WatchIn the case of ethnic conflicts, the term “genocide” has become exceptionally important for victims and perpetrators alike. But how did this eight-letter word become so consequential? And when faced with complex conflicts that led to millions of deaths, how did one of the most urgent questions on people's minds become “should this be called a genocide or not?” Today, Alice Hu tackles these questions and more.
16 Jan 2017 | Security WatchAs Aaron Stein sees it, the Turkish government hasn’t articulated or executed a coherent strategy to counter the multi-pronged terrorism threat it now faces. Instead, Ankara has relied on military measures alone – i.e., responses that have failed to address the reasons behind the violence; heightened anti-Western populism; and led to the erosion of Turkey’s relationships with its most important allies, including the US.
16 Jan 2017 | CSS Blog NetworkHow a peace operation is funded matters, observes Paul Williams. Indeed, if you have any doubts, just look at the financing for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has recently become highly politicized thanks to the EU.
Jan 2017 | PublicationsIn this paper, Ian Ralby first explores how hydrocarbons crime, in all its forms, has become a significant threat not only to local and regional prosperity, but also to global stability and security. Ralby then highlights how combating this type of theft is made even more difficult by those who are in a position to curb it, but are too corrupt to do so.
Our featured partner this week is Chatham House (i.e., the Royal Institute of International Affairs). It’s an independent, international affairs-centered think tank and membership organization that among other things engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its own members in open debates and confidential discussions about significant developments in international affairs.