24 Mar 2016
Robots for Japan’s Defence: The Key Issues
Author: Kalyan M Kemburi
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
This commentary outlines 1) why Japan may increasingly have to rely on unmanned systems for its national defense, and 2) the five organizational and operational issues the country will face if it implements this option.
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17 Mar 2016
The Human Cost of the PKK Conflict in Turkey: The Case of Sur
Author: International Crisis Group
International Crisis Group (ICG)
This briefing explores the current conflict between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and in particular reviews the human costs of their confrontation on the Sur District of the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
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15 Mar 2016
Stormy Months on the Aegean: The Refugee Deal and its Impact on Turkey-EU Relations
Author: İlke Toygür, Melih Özsöz
Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies
This analysis looks at the recent revitalization of Turkish-EU relations, which has been facilitated by the ongoing regional migration crisis.
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10 Mar 2016
The Crisis in Libya and the Rise of Jihadism and Migration
Author: Alicja Minda, Patrycja Sasnal
Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
This bulletin’s authors discuss the causes and possible consequences of the current crisis in Libya.
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A European Border and Coast Guard: What’s in a Name?
Author: Sergio Carrera, Leonhard den Hertog
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
This paper assesses the European Commission’s December 2015 proposal to set up a European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) agency, primarily to deal with the continent's ongoing refugee crisis.
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Tangled Connections between Migration and Security in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings: A European Perspective
Author: Tamirace Fakhoury
Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
This paper explores the recent policies and practices that have reinforced the EU's tangled approach to security and migration.
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Eritrea's Refugee Crisis and the Role of International Community
Author: Redie Bereketeab
Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)
This policy note analyzes the roles and responsibilities of the international community in the Eritrean migration crisis.
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A Tale of Two Buffer Zones in Syria and ISIS’ Pivot to Asia
Author: Christina Lin
Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung (ISPSW)
This paper argues that opting for Kurdish safe zones in Syria would protect more civilians and refugees from attack than Turkish-sponsored buffer zones.
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Strategic Trends 2016
Author: Severin Fischer, Daniel Keohane, Prem Mahadevan, Oliver Thränert, Lisa Watanabe
Center for Security Studies (CSS)
The 2016 edition of CSS’s “Strategic Trends” volume explores five ways in which the world’s geopolitical balance is shifting.
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