This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series examines the US military’s predilection for limited strike operations; the modernization of the Chinese Navy’s surface fleet; the ethical implications of artificially enhancing a soldier’s ability to fight; the need to overhaul the US’ defense acquisitions processes; and the consequences of the recent Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we look at Burundi’s current political crisis and the risks it presents; the political interference being directed against the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia; the fears shared by Russia and the US over Syria; how Kazakhstan is preserving its ties with Russia while continuing to forge its own national identity; and the role that culture plays in democratic transformations.

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American Decline: Global Power in the 21st Century

In this video, LSE Professors Michael Cox, Danny Quah and Peter Trubowitz discuss the future reach of US power, particularly given the country’s complex domestic politics and a changing global order. More on «American Decline: Global Power in the 21st Century»

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29 May 2015 Security Watch

A Fateful Triangle: the United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in Yemen

What have been the main consequences of the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels? Asbed Kotchikian thinks they include 1) the return of AQAP to its former strongholds; 2) an obvious uptick in Saudi-Iranian tensions; and 3) the addition of yet another layer of complexity to the US’ relations with Tehran. More on «A Fateful Triangle: the United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in Yemen»


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29 May 2015 Security Watch

Are There Cultural Obstacles to Democratisation?

Culture is a neglected but important determinant of democratic transformations, or so argue Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Gèrard Roland. Their research suggests that states with ‘individualist’ cultures tend to democratize far earlier than those based on hierarchy and order. More on «Are There Cultural Obstacles to Democratisation? »


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29 May 2015ISN Blog

A Good Year (So Far) for Europe’s Separatists

What lesson can the likes of Catalonia learn from the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) recent success in the UK general election? The answer, according to the CSS’ Matthias Bieri, is that the opportunities Europe’s separatist movements now have to shape national-level politics has never been greater. More on «A Good Year (So Far) for Europe’s Separatists»


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6 May 2015 Publications

Russian Analytical Digest No 167: Russia, Europe and the Far Right

This issue of the CSS’ Russian Analytical Digest looks at how Russia perceives US foreign policy, how it is trying to promote an alternative to US global dominance, and how it is finding common cause in this and other ambitions with far-right political parties in Europe, particularly in Hungary and Italy. More on «Russian Analytical Digest No 167: Russia, Europe and the Far Right»


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12 May 2015 Audio

Crisis in Global Governance

In today’s audio presentation, four experts discuss the results of the Council of Councils' 2015 "Report Card on International Cooperation," which takes stock of ongoing efforts to deal with a range of global problems. More on «Crisis in Global Governance»


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