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    Is the Concept of Terrorism Still Useful?

    Jarrod Hayes argues that there is nothing analytically distinctive about the tactics, perpetrators and psychology of ‘terrorism.’ As a result, he thinks scholars and policymakers should stop using the term, particularly since it tends to undermine our efforts to tackle political violence. More

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    Russia after Putin

    Will the eventual departure of Vladimir Putin lead to a transformation in Russia’s political culture? Neil Thompson doesn’t think so. That’s because the Russian President has created a ‘deep state’ that self-aggrandizing political elites will want to preserve. More

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    The Future of NATO Missile Defense

    NATO’s missile defense program remains controversial. Its critics think it’s too costly, undoable and unnecessary. They also believe it’s still a major source of friction between the Alliance and Russia. But are the naysayers right? Here’s what Roberto Zadra and Bruno Rösli had to say at a recent CSS Evening Talk. More

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    Promoting Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and Peace Processes

    Should Switzerland continue to encourage a greater role for women in the above activities? Of course, says Cordula Reimann, but more can be done. She wants the country to lead by example in international forums, specifically by appointing more women as peace mediators and advisors. More

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    Conventional Prompt Global Strike

    What’s the main objective of the US’ Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS) Program? Also, what escalatory risks does the program pose, particularly when it comes to China’s nuclear forces? The answers to these questions can be found in today’s podcast with James Acton. More

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    Carnegie Middle East Center

    Our featured partner this week is the Carnegie Middle East Center, which is located in Beirut, Lebanon. More


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Information Control and Strategic Violence

In this video, Anita Gohdes explores 1) how government oversight and surveillance of the Internet can be used to support state violence and repression; 2) how the Assad regime has used its control of information as an instrument of repression in the Syrian Civil War; and 3) the difficulties of documenting violent deaths in today's conflicts. More on «Information Control and Strategic Violence»

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23 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Is the Concept of Terrorism Still Useful?

Jarrod Hayes argues that there is nothing analytically distinctive about the tactics, perpetrators and psychology of ‘terrorism.’ As a result, he thinks scholars and policymakers should stop using the term, particularly since it tends to undermine our efforts to tackle political violence. More on «Is the Concept of Terrorism Still Useful?»


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23 Jan 2015 Security Watch

Russia after Putin

Will the eventual departure of Vladimir Putin lead to a transformation in Russia’s political culture? Neil Thompson doesn’t think so. That’s because the Russian President has created a ‘deep state’ that self-aggrandizing political elites will want to preserve. More on «Russia after Putin»


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23 Jan 2015ISN Blog

The Future of NATO Missile Defense

NATO’s missile defense program remains controversial. Its critics think it’s too costly, undoable and unnecessary. They also believe it’s still a major source of friction between the Alliance and Russia. But are the naysayers right? Here’s what Roberto Zadra and Bruno Rösli had to say at a recent CSS Evening Talk. More on «The Future of NATO Missile Defense»


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2014 Publications

Promoting Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and Peace Processes

Should Switzerland continue to encourage a greater role for women in the above activities? Of course, says Cordula Reimann, but more can be done. She wants the country to lead by example in international forums, specifically by appointing more women as peace mediators and advisors. More on «Promoting Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and Peace Processes»


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6 Jan 2015 Audio

Conventional Prompt Global Strike

What’s the main objective of the US’ Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS) Program? Also, what escalatory risks does the program pose, particularly when it comes to China’s nuclear forces? The answers to these questions can be found in today’s podcast with James Acton. More on «Conventional Prompt Global Strike»


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The Carnegie Middle East Center is one of four regional, public policy-focused think tanks established and operated by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. More on «Carnegie Middle East Center»