This week, our first Security Watch (SW) series focuses on the growing prominence of British Special Forces in "shadow warfare"; the necessity of reinvigorating NATO’s two D’s – deterrence and dialogue; the joint transatlantic response against Islamic terrorism; the importance of integrating nonviolent Salafist groups into political processes; and the growing weakness of the so-called Islamic State. Then, in our second SW series, we look at counterterrorism with “Chinese characteristics”; the legal-ethical implications of forcibly relocating the families of violent Palestinians; the EU’s failure to develop coherent policies on migration; the current political economy of Russia; and the impact of low oil prices on Azerbaijan.

 

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Deterrence in the 21st Century

In today’s video, Robert Kagan, Michael Green, Nathan Frier and Lisa Samp discuss the role of deterrence in the current international security environment. More on «Deterrence in the 21st Century »


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4 May 2016 Security Watch

Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Cooperation

There’s no question that US-EU counterterrorism cooperation has yielded more benefits than not, observe Marco Funk and Florian Trauner. Nevertheless, disagreements still remain, including those focused on data processing and protection, Washington’s Visa Waiver Program and its selective reliance on bilateral accords, etc. More on «Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Cooperation»


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4 May 2016 Security Watch

Deals without Borders: Europe’s Foreign Policy on Migration

Angeliki Dimitriadi has no doubts. If Europe hopes to resolve its problem with “irregular arrivals,” it needs a migration policy that doesn’t focus on supplying financial aid packages to partner nations. Instead, it should pursue tailored, flexible agreements that provide tangible benefits to one and all, including legalized migration. More on «Deals without Borders: Europe’s Foreign Policy on Migration»


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4 May 2016ISN Blog

Freeing Prevention From Conflict: Investing in Sustaining Peace

As the UN General Assembly prepares for its high-level debate on peace and security later this month, prevention seems to be on everyone’s minds. Given the past inability of the world body to prevent violent conflict, Youssef Mahmoud isn’t surprised. Here’s his roadmap for making this task the raison d’être of the UN. More on «Freeing Prevention From Conflict: Investing in Sustaining Peace»


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Mar 2016 Publications

The Twilight of the Oil Eldorado: How the Activity of Russian Oil Companies on the EU Market has Evolved

How important was the EU oil market – both as a source of revenues and investments – to Russian producers from 2011-2015? Further, what impact might internal and external factors have on the latter’s future position in the region? Here’s what Szymon Kardaś thinks. More on «The Twilight of the Oil Eldorado: How the Activity of Russian Oil Companies on the EU Market has Evolved»


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29 Mar 2016 Audio

The Future of France

In today's audio presentation, ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director of Le Monde, and Manual Lafont Rapnouil, Head of ECFR's Paris office, about the future of France, its place in Europe, and how it sees the world. More on «The Future of France»


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The "Harvard International Review" (HIR) is an academic magazine that appears quarterly. It provides fresh perspectives on underreported and underappreciated topics in international affairs, along with other more widely discussed issues. You can follow the HIR on Facebook and Twitter. More on «Harvard International Review (HIR)»