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
22 Jan 2018 | Security WatchLooking Beyond Trump
In this Strategic Trends 2017 chapter, Jack Thompson argues that the election of Donald Trump, and the emergence of his America First credo, promises a world where the US will not pursue an internationalist foreign policy. As a result, Europe would do well to begin planning for a future in which the US is more skeptical of alliances and trade agreements and less willing to assume a leadership role in resolving international problems.
22 Jan 2018 | Security WatchCyber Threats to Democratic Processes
In this article, David Siman-Tov et al highlight how elections are vulnerable to cyberattacks and other information operations, and how such weaknesses leave democratic nations open to the influence of foreign powers. Our authors conclude that the threat posed by such vulnerabilities is such that nations must recognize elections as a form of critical infrastructure. Further, states must protect each competent of electoral processes – including the media, public discourse, political parties and the voting system itself – if they are to preserve the health of their democracy.
22 Jan 2018 | CSS Blog NetworkWhy Cyberattacks Don´t Work as Weapons
According to Myriam Dunn Cavelty, cyberattacks only have a limited use as instruments of destruction. Indeed, she suggests that such attacks are more suitable for causing confusion, influencing public opinion, espionage, sabotage on a local level, and – to a lesser degree – disruptive measures in ‘traditional’ military operations. As a result, fears that cyberattacks can bring a state to its knees are unfounded. However, this does not mean we can ignore the threat of cyberattacks or efforts to understand the motivations of political actors who use them.
Our featured partner this week is the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). As part of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, the Center's multi-part mission is to provide a forum for scholarship and research on international and regional affairs; encourage the in-depth examination and exchange of ideas; and foster thoughtful dialogue among students, scholars and practitioners of international affairs.