The Resources portion of the CSS website is the successor to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN). As in the case of its predecessor, the fundamental purpose of the Resources section is outreach -- i.e., it features the publications and analyses of CSS experts, external partners and like-minded institutions in order to promote further dialogue on important international relations and security-related issues.
Today's Security Watch Series and Features
19 Feb 2018 | Security WatchRussian Analytical Digest No 213: 2017 in Review, Perspectives for 2018
This three articles in this edition of the RAD look at 1) the Kremlin’s efforts to ensure a smooth run-up to the 2018 Russian Presidential election, noting how major challenges still lie ahead; 2) how Russia’s economic recovery during 2017 may have stalled, but that it’s too simplistic to characterize the country’s economy as stagnant; and 3) Russia’s foreign policy during 2017, including how the country sought to maintain a pivotal role in individual security crises as well as expand its international position and global alliances.
19 Feb 2018 | CSS Blog NetworkA Growing Strategic Gap between America and Europe?
The new US National Defense Strategy’s overall message is that great power competition is back, and that this will be the focus of future US efforts. As a result, America has degraded the relative importance it assigns to fighting terrorism. So what might this mean for transatlantic cooperation? In this article, Oliver Schmitt and Stéphane Taillat repond, arguing that one unintended effect may be to force Europeans to address difficult questions they have been happy to delay answering, particularly when it comes to Russia.
16 Feb 2018 | Security WatchCyber Threats: 2018 and Beyond
According to Shashi Jayakumar and Foo Siang-tse, 2017 may have been a watershed year for cybersecurity due to the number of hacks, leaks and data breaches. However, they also think 2018 will be worse. Here’s their explanation why as well as their view on what states and organizations should do to mitigate developing cyber threats.
16 Feb 2018 | CSS Blog NetworkGrievances, Accommodation, and the Decline of Ethnic Violence
Lars Erik Cederman et al highlight that ethnic civil wars have been on the decline since the mid-1990s. So what accounts for this trend? In this article, our authors respond by outlining their findings on how key factors might include 1) reductions in the political and economic discrimination against ethnic groups; and 2) government efforts to devolve power and spread democracy, which have opened up the political space for ethnic groups to pursue their interests via peaceful means.
14 Feb 2018 | Security WatchIndia´s Response to the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative
According to Christian Wagner and Siddharth Tripathi, the threat posed by China’s Belt and Road Initiative has induced significant shifts in India’s foreign policy. For instance, India has now adopted a willingness to cooperate with other states like the US within South Asia, meaning it has dispensed with its policy of viewing the region as its natural sphere of influence. Further, India is also addressing China’s challenge by intensifying its efforts to cooperate with other states across its extended neighborhood in Asia, something that could create new opportunities for Germany and Europe.
14 Feb 2018 | CSS Blog NetworkThe 2018 Nuclear Posture Review: Signaling Restraint with Stipulations
Paul Bracken contends that the Trump administration’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) brings a surprising and welcome approach to the big strategic issues facing the US. In particular, he believes the 2018 NPR does this in two ways: 1) it recognizes the return to great power rivalry; and 2) it signals to major rivals like China and Russia that the US is willing to act in response to their nuclear modernization efforts but not to enter into a new nuclear arms race.
12 Feb 2018 | Security WatchSecurity and Stability in Turkey
Fabian Merz contends that Turkey has witnessed a significant deterioration of stability and security in recent years. So what’s behind this development and what might the future hold for Turkey’s stability? In this article, Merz provides answers by looking at the driving factors that have contributed to Turkey’s current security situation, including 1) Turkey’s growing authoritarianism; 2) the 2016 military coup attempt and its aftermath; 3) jihadist terrorism related to the war in Syria, and 4) the reignition of the Kurdish conflict.
12 Feb 2018 | CSS Blog NetworkThree Views on Turkey´s Syria Intervention
This article provides three perspectives on the implications of Turkey’s military operation into Syria’s northwestern district of Afrin. More specifically, Julien Barnes-Dacey looks at how the intervention adds another messy dimension to the conflict in Syria; Asli Aydıntaşbaş focuses on what the operation means for Turkey, including its relations with the US and Russia; and Guney Yildiz outlines what the incursion means for the Kurdish-led forces in Northern Syria, the People’s Protection Forces (YPG).
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