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  • 29 Apr 2016
    Nicolai von Ondarza
    The impact of Euro-sceptic parties is complex, observes Nicolai von Ondarza. Their impact on the legislative process in the European Parliament and Council has been minimal, but the recent crumbling of the European consensus is limiting the ability of national governments to compromise at the regional level.
  • 12 May 2015
    Chandler P. Atwood
    What steps should the US Department of Defense take to change its approach to military intelligence analysis? Chandler Atwood thinks the Pentagon should 1) harness the potential of big data more effectively, and 2) shift to a pattern-based form of analysis known as Activity-Based Intelligence (ABI).
  • 25 Aug 2014
    Jack A. Goldstone
    If the West is going to deal with ISIS properly, argues Jack Goldstone, then it mustn’t see it as just a terror-wielding jihadist group. It’s also a revolutionary movement that is determined to create a ‘just’ regional order, which partially means empowering its followers and making them more secure.
  • 3 Jun 2014
    Alain Bauer
    Should we be surprised by the emergence of post-Cold War terrorist organizations that don’t require state support or a nationalist ideology to sustain them? Not at all, says Alain Bauer. As he sees it, the evolution of these ‘hybrid’ groups can be traced back much further than the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • 9 May 2014
    Deepak Kumar Nayak
    The links between India’s Naxal movement and other like-minded groups are well-established. What’s more worrying, writes Deepak Kumar Nayak, is just how little attention has been paid to the movement’s connections with militants supported by Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence.
  • 14 Mar 2014
    Ross Buckley
    China is determined to shape the global financial system by establishing the Renminbi as its reserve currency. The problem, Ross Buckley explains, is that Beijing’s disputes with its neighbors are preventing it from fulfilling a necessary first step – establishing a regional sphere of monetary influence.
  • 12 Mar 2014
    Rosella Cappella
    Do states with reserve currency status hold the upper hand when it comes to maintaining their military might? Rosella Cappella believes so. To help illustrate her point – and what it might mean for the United States – she looks at how Britain once used its ‘Sterling supremacy’ as a ‘power multiplier’.
  • 5 Mar 2014
    Juan C. Zarate
    In addition to raising funds to support their war efforts, states can also pursue their objectives by waging financial warfare. Today, Juan Zarate traces the history of this type of conflict, with a particular focus on how the United States uses financial measures to exploit its adversaries’ vulnerabilities.
  • 19 Feb 2014
    Ramesh Thakur, John Page
    Nuclear weapons are inherently unusable and hugely expensive, or so argue John Page and Ramesh Thakur. As a result, they sidetrack needed investments in economic development and military systems that might actually be used.
  • 5 Feb 2014
    If you are interested in researching or just knowing more about terrorist attacks against energy infrastructures, the politics of nuclear weapons in Europe, Ukraine’s future political fortunes, effective risk communications and preparedness, and how to measure resilience and apply it in cyberspace, then you might want to read some of the recent work done by our CSS researchers.
  • 17 Dec 2013
    William H. Overholt
    Xi Jinping will spearhead the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) latest round of political and economic reforms. So which of the two types will most likely receive higher priority? According to William Overholt, economic reforms will continue to trump real political change well into the future.
  • 16 Dec 2013
    Larry Diamond
    China’s government is approaching an age that is often fatal for single party regimes. Yet, while Larry Diamond warns that a system-wide crisis could occur at any time, the fall of the Chinese Communist Party would be an unwelcome development – both at home and abroad.
  • 6 Dec 2013
    Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning
    Is democracy losing ground to more authoritarian forms of government? Not according to Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning. Their empirical and statistical analysis suggests that democracy is stagnating rather than deteriorating. You can, by the way, thank the global financial crisis for that.
  • 11 Nov 2013
    As the overall introduction to this dossier points out, this part is indeed about history and context. So, the OSCE, which currently has 57 members, is indeed the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. It has its roots in the 1973 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), which convened in Helsinki, Finland on 3 July 1973.
  • 11 Nov 2013
    As the overall introduction to this dossier points out, the OSCE is more an amalgam of processes rather than a centralized and formalized institution. In this section of the dossier, you can thus familiarize yourself with the fluid inner workings of the OSCE, which includes looking at the independent main bodies of the organization, its various missions and mandates, the role of its ‘chairman countries’, and much more.
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