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ISN Weekly Theme: Analyzing Libya

The Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution / Photo: US Navy, Wikipedia

The Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution / Photo: US Navy/Wikipedia

Maybe it’s that Beoduin-style tent he likes to pitch in the most interesting places, or maybe his fashion sense, but Colonel Muammar Gaddhafi has made it his task to keep himself and his country in the international spotlight. But what may not be apparent is Libya’s importance in the geopolitical sphere – our theme for this week.

Parag Khanna of the New America Foundation gives his views on Libya’s position on the regional and global scale in the latest edition of ISN Podcasts.

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Risk Communication in Security Policy

CSS Analysis no 62

CSS Analysis no 62

Researchers from the ISN-supported expert community on crisis and risk have just published a new policy paper.

According to Myriam Dunn Cavelty and Jonas Hagmann, the concept of risk communication has so far been applied almost exclusively in the context of technical and environmental risks.

They show how the concept can be useful for foreign and security policy, too.

You can download the paper here.

Bruce Riedel on the US Af-Pak Strategy

CIPS PodcastsBruce Riedel chaired the task force who reviewed the US strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan last winter.

The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), an ISN partner, has published a podcast of his talk at the Ottawa Roundtable on Security and Intelligence.

After a long career at the CIA and advising three US presidents to the US presidency, Riedel is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

In his talk, he presents the key conclusions of the Af-Pak strategic review released in March 2009. By the way, here is the US white paper summarizing the recommendations which came out of the review.

Riedel also outlines developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the last six months and looks at the direction US policy is likely to, or should, take.

Further ISN resources on the topic:

Detours of Swiss Foreign Policy

Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey / Photo: Wikipedia

Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey / Photo: Wikipedia

A new analysis by the ISN’s mother organization Center for Security Studies (CSS), Swiss Foreign Policy 2009: Crises and Challenges, discusses current issues of Switzerland’s foreign policy. Before the backdrop of conflicts over banking secrecy and the infamous clash with Libya, it looks at corner stones of Swiss foreign policy. Daniel Möckli especially highlights the domestically unpopular issue of a possible future EU membership.

You can download the paper here.

Costs of War: Peace Prize Politics

Obama at a town hall meeting / Photo: The Official White House Photostream, flickr

Obama at a town hall meeting / Photo: The Official White House Photostream, flickr

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama astounded critics and supporters alike, but it also highlights a gap between the way the world sees the US and the way Americans think about their own homeland.

Read more of what ISN Security Watch’s Shaun Waterman has to say in Costs of War: Peace Prize Politics.

You can also find the Dalai Lama’s acceptance speech for the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize in our Primary Resources along with Al Gore’s speech from 2007.

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