Security & Defence

North Korea and the Non-proliferation Regime (ARI)

Mitchell B. Reiss. ARI 155/2009 - 16/11/2009.

In this review of the implications of North Korea’s behaviour during 2009 on the Non-proliferation Regime, it is stressed that if North Korea cannot be deterred from its nuclear ambitions this will deliver a serious blow to the international non-proliferation regime. It will also damage the likelihood of a successful outcome at next year’s NPT Review Conference.

Narco-belligerents Across the Globe: Lessons from Colombia for Afghanistan? (WP)

Vanda Felbab-Brown. WP 55/2009 - 28/10/2009.

With the great increases in insecurity in Afghanistan and the overwhelming sense that the counter-insurgency in Afghanistan is not being won, analysts and policymakers are looking for analogies to understand the conflict’s dynamics and devise counter-measures. One of the analogies that analysts are turning to is the counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency campaign in Colombia.

National Security Strategies: The Italian Case (WP)

Federica Di Camillo and Lucia Marta. WP 39/2009 - 20/10/2009.

Italy does not have a National Security Strategy (NSS) in the strict sense of the word, ie, a single governmental document for the medium-to-long term identifying the main security threats and response guidelines at a strategic level. Instead, it has several documents on the institutional responsibilities for the external (military) and internal (civil) dimensions of security.

Geopolitics 2.0 (ARI)

Matthew Fraser. ARI 144/2009 - 14/10/2009.

An entirely new form of virtual weaponry is transforming the dynamics of geopolitics.

Russia’s New National Security Strategy: Towards a ‘Medvedev Doctrine’? (ARI)

Javier Morales. ARI 135/2009 - 25/9/2009.

A new Russian National Security Strategy was approved on 12 May, replacing the 2000 National Security Concept.

The UNIFIL II Mission in Lebanon: Italy’s Contribution (ARI)

Lucía Marta. ARI 125/2009 - 4/9/2009. Go to Spanish version

Italy has contributed to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since 1979 and is the first contributor to UNIFIL II since 2006.

North Korea and the New Security Paradigm (ARI)

Mitchell B. Reiss. ARI 95/2009 - 4/6/2009. Go to Spanish version

A new crisis has emerged on the Korean peninsula as a result of North Korea’s latest nuclear tests.

European Security and EU-Russian Relations (ARI)

Manuel de la Cámara. ARI 76/2009 - 14/5/2009. Go to Spanish version

The Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev, has proposed a comprehensive review of the so-called ‘European Security Architecture’. The goal, according to the Russian President, is to negotiate a new wide-ranging Pact in the form of a Treaty to cover the Euro-Atlantic Area.

Spain and the G-20: A Strategic Proposal for Enhancing its Role in Global Governance

Elcano Royal Institute. 8/4/2009. Go to Spanish version

This paper explores the role Spain can and should play in the institutions engaged in global governance in the current context of financial crisis and reconfiguration of international power centres. After briefly analysing Spain’s relative position in the world –on the basis of economic and other criteria– the study suggests the path it should follow to boost its influence in the world. The paper points out Spain’s comparative advantages, the areas where it could contribute most, and the shortcomings that make it difficult to translate Spain’s economic weight into greater political influence at the global level.

Somalia: From Stateless Order to Talibanisation? (ARI)

Bjørn Møller. ARI 42/2009 - 13/3/2009.

The withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops by the end of January 2009 puts an end to foreign intervention in Somalia.