This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the increasingly vulnerable INF Treaty; the impact of Morocco’s current counterterrorism strategy on the Western Sahara; the dangers of offshore balancing; the role of operational partnerships in UN peacekeeping; and the role of human domain mapping in 21st century warfare. Then, in our second, more wide-ranging SW series, we look at how authoritarian regimes establish their legitimacy; whether the recent migration flows to Europe are ‘the new normal’; what internal political limitations are propelling North Korea’s latest round of ‘bad boy’ behavior; why no-fly zones or “IS-free zones” will work in Syria; and why Venezuela is indeed an “unnatural disaster.”      

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Terror Gone Viral: The Rise of Radicalism and America’s Response

In today's video, Michael McCoul first explains why there has been an apparent surge in Islamist terrorist activity in the US and how it is altering the country's security landscape. He's then joined by three experts who provide added insights on the state of US homeland security, the country's counterterrorism programs, etc. More on «Terror Gone Viral: The Rise of Radicalism and America’s Response»

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31 Aug 2015 Security Watch

A Looming Crisis of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty: Sources and Consequences

Did Russia violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF) by recently testing a new ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM)? Yury Fedorov believes so. He also thinks it spells bad news for the INF, the strategic rim stretching from the Baltic to the Black Seas, and NATO’s nuclear planning. More on «A Looming Crisis of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty: Sources and Consequences»

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31 Aug 2015 Security Watch

How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy?

Christian von Soest and Julia Grauvogel believe we need a better sense of how authoritarian regimes manipulate the concept of legitimacy to secure their rule. One option is to use the Regime Legitimation Expert Survey (RLES) and then apply it to the non-democratic regimes that existed in the post-Soviet space from 1991-2010. More on «How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy? »

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31 Aug 2015ISN Blog

Towards a More Robust ANZUS Alliance

Yes, says Benjamin Schreer, it’s time to make the ANZUS Alliance more institutionally robust and operationally effective, particularly if it hopes to weather the challenges being raised by China. Among other things, that means establishing a mutual understanding of what constitute the ‘red lines’ of Chinese behavior. More on «Towards a More Robust ANZUS Alliance»

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11 Aug 2015 Publications

Misinformation Hinders Debate on THAAD Deployment in Korea

Woo Jung and Eileen Block think that Seoul has it all wrong. Instead of worrying about Chinese objections to a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system being deployed on Korean soil, there are other factors to consider. For example, costs, feasibility and – oh, yes – North Korea’s missile arsenal. More on «Misinformation Hinders Debate on THAAD Deployment in Korea»

Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Soldiers from the 20th Infantry Regiment demonstrate Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) techniques in the snow.
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23 Jun 2015 Audio

Envisioning the Future of Urban Warfare

In this audio presentation, three practitioners discuss the future of urban warfare and how the creative arts can help us understand, anticipate and prepare for this type of violence in the 2040s and 2050s. More on «Envisioning the Future of Urban Warfare»

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Small Arms Survey

The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It 1) serves as a source of public information on all aspects of small arms production, sales and trafficking on the international level, and 2) traces the relationship between these types of arms and organized violence. More on «Small Arms Survey»