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This Week at ISN 2014-04-04

This Week at ISN 2014-04-04

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This week we feature the 2014 edition of CSS’ popular “Strategic Trends” series. After highlighting the volume’s general conclusions, we will then feature individual chapters on 1) the problems Russia’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy poses for the West, 2) the EU’s eroding influence in its southern neighborhood, 3) the ‘Talibanization’ of radical Islamists in other parts of the world, 4) the gradual erosion of the US-led global security architecture, and 5) the evolving nature of US foreign policy under Barack Obama.
This week we feature the 2014 edition of CSS’ popular “Strategic Trends” series. After highlighting the volume’s general conclusions, we will then feature individual chapters on 1) the problems Russia’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy poses for the West, 2) the EU’s eroding influence in its southern neighborhood, 3) the ‘Talibanization’ of radical Islamists in other parts of the world, 4) the gradual erosion of the US-led global security architecture, and 5) the evolving nature of US foreign policy under Barack Obama.

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This week we feature the 2014 edition of CSS' popular "Strategic Trends" series. After highlighting the volume's generalconclusions, we will then feature individual chapters on 1) the problems Russia's increasingly aggressive foreign policy
 
poses for the West, 2) the EU's eroding influence in its southern neighborhood, 3) the 'Talibanization' of radical Islamists in
 
other parts of the world, 4) the gradual erosion of the US-led global security architecture, and 5) the evolving nature of US
 
foreign policy under Barack Obama. » More
31 March 2014
The Center for Security Studies has just published its annual "Strategic Trends" volume. Today, we speak to its authorsabout the themes they stress and the issues they raise throughout the text. Then for the rest of this week, we will present
 
individual chapters from this well-researched AND practical guide. » More
01 April 2014
Despite its fragile power base, Russia is likely to continue acting as a foreign policy spoiler in the years to come. According
 
to the CSS' Jonas Grätz, Western leaders will just have to accept this and learn to cope with a 'new normal'. » More
01 April 2014
The EU's influence in Northern Africa wasn't strong before the Arab Spring. And now, warns the CSS' Lisa Watanabe,
 
things are only about to get worse. That is, of course, unless Brussels develops a bolder and more coherent vision for 
 
engaging with its southern neighborhood. » More
02 April 2014
Should we expect radical Islamists in other parts of the world to copy the tactics used by the Taliban? Yes, says PremMahadevan. Those who have studied the insurgency in Afghanistan have learned a blatant truth – persistent subversion
 
coupled with steady battlefield attrition can nudge outside powers into strategic retreats. » More
03 April 2014
Emerging economies may be putting greater demands on the global energy market, but so is the European Union. Today,Iana Dreyer and Gerald Stang appraise their competing needs and the impact the latter might have on Brussels' energy
 
security policies. » More
04 April 2014
What factors will shape American foreign policy from now into the mid-term? According to the CSS' Martin Zapfe, thelingering aftermath of the financial crisis, the US public's fatigue with war, and the shale gas revolution will all make the US
 
a 'strategic pragmatist' when it comes to its external affairs. » More
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Security Watch
31 March 2014
While defense budgets continue to shrink in other parts of the world, the demand for new weapon systems continues togrow across much of the Asia-Pacific region. Today, Gordon Arthur looks at the regional market for artillery systems and
 
assesses who is locally able to build what. » More
 
01 April 2014
What explains the recent upsurge of violence in Iraq? According to Frank Gunter, there are several interrelated reasons – the Syrian Civil War, President al-Maliki's pro-Shia policies, and the general mismanagement of Baghdad's oil funds.
 
02 April 2014
Vietnam has not only enhanced the professionalism of its defense and foreign ministries, it even has a new strategicvocabulary. So, what's the next step? As Lewis Stern sees it, it's time for Hanoi to have a 'strategic' rather than
 
'comprehensive' partnership with Washington. » More
03 April 2014
The West needs to develop an information offensive that is capable of challenging Vladimir Putin's stranglehold over Russian media, writes Justin Burke. One thing he warns against, however, is recycling the self-celebrating tactics of the
 
past. » More
04 April 2014
Colombia's expertise in fighting insurgencies and drug traffickers could be easily exported to West Africa, right? Wrong,says, Mabel González Bustelo. Exporting militarized approaches to any 'war on drugs' will most likely lead to failure, as it
 
has in Latin America. » More
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Blog
31 March 2014
We've heard this question before – Are advances in unmanned systems and virtual reality making war more like avideogame, and therefore emptying the 'moral seriousness' of combatants? Not exactly, argues Adam Elkus. Today, he
 
takes on the handwringers. » More
01 April 2014
What can mediators learn from Tunisia's national dialogue process and how it is shaping the country's ongoing democratic
 
transition? For Owen Frazer, there are two key lessons – political neutrality is not a precondition for successful mediation
 
and the latter process can indeed be shaped – decisively – by external events. » More
02 April 2014
 Although the Indian Ocean is becoming an unrivaled maritime highway, the littoral states that encircle it remain strategicallyunconnected. For Anthony Bergin, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) can overcome this problem by developing a
 
comprehensive engagement strategy with the area's stakeholders. » More
03 April 2014
 Are China's assertiveness and Japan's military 'normalization' creating the conditions for another 'World War I'? Thesimilarities are more superficial than real, argues Paul Dibb. Nuclear deterrence did not exist then, nor did the level of 
 
economic and technological interdependence we see today. » More
04 April 2014
Public interest in nuclear disarmament has declined since the end of the Cold War, writes Rebecca Cousins. The British American Security Information Council's (BASIC) Next Generation Initiative aims to change that – and to reduce the role of 
 
nuclear weapons in the process. » More
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