30 Nov 2015
Russian Intervention in the Syrian Civil War
What impact is Russia’s diplomatic and military intervention having in Syria? We have to wait and see, says Mark Katz. At the very least, however, Moscow’s involvement should improve the Assad regime’s prospects for survival, much to the annoyance of Sunnis in the Middle East and closer to home. More on «Russian Intervention in the Syrian Civil War»
30 Nov 2015
United Nations Security Council Reform: An African Perspective
While the majority of UN Security Council resolutions over the past ten years have focused on Africa, the continent remains conspicuously absent from its top table. Today, Marina da Silva outlines the efforts by African nations to promote Security Council reform, gain international support for greater representation, etc. More on «United Nations Security Council Reform: An African Perspective »
25 Nov 2015
21st Century Political Warfare: A Strategy for Countering Russian Non-Linear Warfare Capabilities
Indeed, how should the United States and its NATO allies counter Russia’s growing reliance on the above type of war? Daniel Dewit suggests a political warfare strategy in which 1) forces are employed covertly and with restraint, and 2) information operations and political activity have pride of place. More on «21st Century Political Warfare: A Strategy for Countering Russian Non-Linear Warfare Capabilities»
20 Nov 2015
Should AMISOM Release an Accurate Death Toll?
Our partners at the ISS believe the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) should release accurate information on the fatalities and injuries it has suffered. After all, the ambiguity surrounding AMISOM’s casualties may undermine its ability to fulfill its mandate. More on «Should AMISOM Release an Accurate Death Toll?»
13 Nov 2015
In-Fighting: A Needed Warfighting Skill
Why is it in the US Navy’s interest to develop its littoral ‘in-fighting’ capabilities? Robert Rubel believes that mastering this key skill will allow it to 1) maintain targeting-quality situational awareness (SA); 2) disrupt its adversary’s SA capabilities; and 3) demonstrate that it takes this type of warfighting seriously. More on «In-Fighting: A Needed Warfighting Skill»
6 Nov 2015
How can Societies be Defended against Hybrid Threats?
Indeed, how might defense planners come up with better strategies to protect against today’s hybrid threats? Aapo Cederberg’s and Pasi Eronen’s answers point to the patient strengthening of national capabilities, working with one’s allies to overcome capability gaps, etc. More on «How can Societies be Defended against Hybrid Threats?»
5 Nov 2015
National Dialogues: A Tool for Conflict Transformation?
Have national dialogues become an important part of conflict resolution and political transformation efforts? Susan Stigant and Elizabeth Murray believe so. They also warn, however, that this type of dialogue can be abused by leaders who want to consolidate their grip on power. More on «National Dialogues: A Tool for Conflict Transformation?»
3 Nov 2015
Building up a Peace Infrastructure for Colombia: Lessons from Implementing the Victims Law
What can both sides of Colombia’s decades-old civil conflict learn from the country’s Victims Law? Here are Silke Pfeiffer’s answers, which include 1) factoring in greater cooperation with regional and local actors, and 2) complementing existing institutional practices and narratives. More on «Building up a Peace Infrastructure for Colombia: Lessons from Implementing the Victims Law»