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This Week at the ISN 2014-07-11

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This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series asks if the Heavy Airlift Wing is a successful example of multinational ‘pooling and sharing’; whether the US military needs to teach more critical thinking; why Russian naval vessels have allegedly made incursions into Swedish territorial waters; whether US intelligence agencies should be immediately lambasted for their intelligence failures; and whether the US’ decision to invest in the W80-1 nuclear warhead makes economic sense. Then, in our second and more wide-ranging SW series, we look at just how influential Qatar and the UAE are across the greater Middle East; what’s the focus of al Qaeda’s new English Language publication; what the history of European geopolitics can tell us about the continent’s current troubles; whether ‘backdoor’ government access to public platforms represents a significant cybersecurity threat; and whether US airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State are legal or not.
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  /// ISN ETH ZurichInternational Relations and Security Network www.isn.ethz.ch  /// This Week at the ISNOur Weekly Content Roundup 3– 7 November 2014JUMP TO »   Editorial Plan   |   Security Watch   |   Blog   |   Video /// Security Watch  This week, our hard power-centered Security Watch (SW) series asks if the Heavy Airlift Wing is a successful example of  multinational 'pooling and sharing'; whether the US military needs to teach more critical thinking; why Russian naval vessels have allegedly made incursions into Swedish territorial waters; whether US intelligence agencies should be immediately lambasted for their intelligence failures; and whether the US' decision to invest in the W80-1 nuclear warhead makes economic sense. Then, in our second and more wide-ranging SW series, we look at just how influential Qatar and the UAE are across the greater Middle East; what's the focus of al Qaeda's new English Language publication; what the history of European geopolitics can tell us about the continent's current troubles; whether 'backdoor' government access to public platforms represents a significant cybersecurity threat; and whether US airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State are legal or not.   Pooling and Sharing That Works: The Heavy Airlift Wing at Five   3 November 2014 The Heavy Airlift Wing of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) Program has just turned 5 years old. Today, Jan Joel    Anderson explains why he thinks this initiative is a textbook case of effective 'pooling and sharing' by eleven European   nations and the United States. » More Qatar and the UAE in a Changing Middle East   3 November 2014  Are Qatar and the UAE becoming major players in the Middle East? Lisa Watanabe isn't so sure. Qatar's influence has   waned after its controversial backing of the transnational Muslim Brotherhood. The UAE, in turn, owes much of its success   to an emerging geo-strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia and Egypt. » More Two Faces of Critical Thinking for the Reflective Military Practitioner   4 November 2014 Christopher Paparone thinks that the United States military's approach to education and training has a problem – it leans   too heavily on what he calls 'logico-scientific paradigms'. As he sees it, the approach needs to be complemented by more   reflective and interpretive practices. » More  Al Qaeda's Resurgence Focuses on Indian Subcontinent   4 November 2014 Thomas Joscelyn isn't surprised that al Qaeda's recently-launched English-language magazine focuses on the Indian   subcontinent. If anything, the first edition of Resurgence is just the latest attempt to heat up Jihadist sentiments and   activities across South Asia. » More Russian War Games in the Baltic Sea Region: the Swedish Case 5 November 2014 What explains the recent spate of 'foreign underwater activities' in Sweden's territorial waters? Justyna Gotkowska thinks   that Russia is deliberately exposing the gaps in Stockholm's military capabilities in order to intimidate both policymakers   and publics in the Baltic Sea region.» More The Geopolitics of Europe: 1815-2015 5 November 2014 What lens should we use to interpret Europe's history over the last two centuries? According to Nayef Al-Rodhan and   others, using a geopolitical one isn't enough. Instead, we need to use a 'meta-geopolitical' lens that accounts for strengths   and capabilities that go far beyond a state's military prowess. » More  Should the United States' intelligence agencies be lambasted for failing to anticipate the emergence of the so-called   Islamic State? Not really, says Phil Walter. We have to remember that the success of any intelligence organization is   linked to the relationship it has and the direction it receives from its customers. » More Cybersecurity: A New Regime on Government-Compromised Encryption 6 November 2014 Do today's encryption standards represent a threat to cybersecurity, especially if they limit the intelligence gathering and   law enforcement activities of government agencies? It's a question that Chris Bronk believes highlights the newfound   power of the global IT industry, especially in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations. » More W80-1 Warhead Selected For New Nuclear Cruise Missile   7 November 2014 Was the United States Air Force right to select the W80-1 warhead for its new nuclear-capable cruise missile? Not   according to Hans Kristensen. He thinks that the enormous cost of this weapon will deprive America's military of more   essential conventional capabilities.» More The Intervention against the Islamic State under International Law   7 November 2014  Is the US-led air campaign against the so-called Islamic State permissible under international law? When it comes to   assisting Iraqi forces, Natalino Ronzitti believes that Washington and its allies are on solid ground. However, it's a different   story for airstrikes in Syria. » More /// Blog Why Russia's 'Strong State' Political System Still Remains a Better Option for the Country than Western-Style Democracy   3 November 2014  Andrei Tsygankov not only thinks that the West is overlooking the benefits of Russia's 'strong state' model of governance,   he also believes that abandoning the model for Western-style democracy is incompatible with existing 'facts on the   ground'. » More The Sovereign Nation-State as a Contributor to Terrorism   4 November 2014 When it comes to terrorism, do Western states forget an inconvenient truth? Strobe Driver believes so. This type of    violence has been caused by them, either directly or indirectly, since at least the end of World War I. » More The Effect of Firearm Laws on Firearm Manufacturing Location 5 November 2014 Jurgen Braeur and others think we need to educate ourselves better about the inner workings of the firearms industry.   Being more knowledgeable may not prevent gun-related violence, but it should enable policymakers to develop more   effective ways to stop weapons from falling into the wrong hands. » More Mediation Perspectives: Time to Build Bridges between Tribes in South Sudan   6 November 2014 How can South Sudan manage the 'ethnic fallout' from its civil war? Josef Bucher argues that the country's dividedcommunities need to accomplish three tasks – formally recognize each other, establish their independence from military-political elites, and rebuild systems of internal accountability. » More Taiwan's Ten Thousand Double-Edged Swords   7 November 2014 Was Taiwan's recent procurement of the Ten Thousand Swords missile system a smart move? Che-Yu Ou doesn't think   so. As he sees it, this particular purchase will only aggravate the 'security dilemma' that exists between Taipei and Beijing.   » More Anatomy of an Intelligence Failure   6 November 2014  /// Video Warfare beneath the Waves: The Undersea Domain in Asia  In this video, four analysts discuss 1) the growing competition for undersea military capabilities in Asia, 2) what it might mean for the current territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, and 3) how it might affect the military posture of  the US and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region. » More  Terrorist Financing Networks in the Middle East and South Asia  In this video, Amit Kumar, who is a Fellow for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at Georgetown University's Center  for National Policy, 1) compares the in's and out's of terrorist financing networks in South Asia and the Middle East, and 2) explains what governments can do to craft effective counter-financing strategies. » More  Why China Will Become a Global Military Power In this video, Oriana Mastro focuses on China's geopolitical strategy and how its burgeoning military capabilities might impact global security. She concludes that Beijing isn't interested in being a global military power at this time but 'emerging trends' may soon dictate otherwise.» More   /// Multimedia Content  Here is a selection of this week's additions to the ISN » Digital Library: Publications » More /// Azerbaijan: A Growing Problem for the West » More /// Strengthening US-Indonesia Defense Ties » More /// New Ways of War: Is Remote Control Warfare Effective? » More  Videos » More /// Rebuilding the Gaza Strip: Obstacles and Opportunities » More /// Why it is So Difficult to Resolve Intractable Conflicts » More /// Reflecting on the End of the Cold War » More  Audio / Podcasts » More /// Voices of the Next Generation with Kalev Leetaru on Big Data » More /// The Future of Guantanamo Bay » More /// If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities » More  Interact with us:Contact us: International Relations and Security Network ETH Zurich Leonhardshalde 21, LEH 8092 Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41 44 632 07 57 / 40 25 Disclaimer: The ISN is a service of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). Read the ISN Disclaimer here. Unsubscribe: If you would like to change or cancel your  newsletter subscription profile with us, please do so here.
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