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Iran and the US Avoid War for Now, but Political Sparring Will Continue

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This article was originally published by the ASPI‘s The Strategist on 9 January 2020.

President Donald Trump’s public response to Iranian missile strikes on two US airbases in Iraq suggests that he and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have reached a mutual ‘no war’ agreement. Barring any miscalculation by either side that triggers military escalation, the confrontation will continue to be played out politically, with the US maintaining its ‘maximum pressure’ campaign that seeks to force regime change through severe economic sanctions. There will be a lot of bruising ahead for Iran, but Trump will not win politically.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of AI in the Military Field

This graphic outlines the potential benefits and disadvantages of using of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the military field regarding 1) strategic decision making, 2) training and the organization of armed forces; and 3) military operations. To find out more, read Niklas Masuhr’s recent CSS Analyses in Security Policy on ‘AI in Military Enabling Applications

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020

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This article was originally published by the International Crisis Group on 27 December 2019.

Friends and foes alike no longer know where the United States stands. As Washington overpromises and underdelivers, regional powers are seeking solutions on their own – both through violence and diplomacy.

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Selected Targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

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This graphic outlines data related to four of the seven targets set out in the 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), which seeks to highlight the interdependencies between sustainable development, human development and disaster risk reduction (DRR). To find out about global disaster risk reduction efforts and more, see Tim Prior and Florian Roth’s recent CSS Analyses in Security Policy, ‘Resilience to Disaster Is No Small Measure’.

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Air Passengers, Switzerland 2009-2018

This week’s featured graphic provides an overview of the number of air passengers flying to Switzerland, 2009-2018. For an analysis of what new technologies mean for border controls in Europe, see Julian Kamasa’s recent CSS Analyses in Security Policy here.

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