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Assessing Meaning Construction on Social Media: A Case of Normalizing Militarism

As a part of the Militarization 2.0 project, this Policy Brief examines the social media content that celebrates militarism as an important aspect of everyday social media usage and the related meaning construction overlooked by policymakers. The research results indicate that while there is an abundance of militaristic content, much of this content reaches targeted audiences.

Integrated Policy Responses for Addressing Climate-related Security Risks

Climate change has far-reaching implications for human livelihoods and activities, including potential security implications. These security risks are multifaceted in nature and involve human, community, state and international security. Effective policy responses in different policy communities will be required to address these risks. As a way of strengthening their responses, many policy organizations are attempting to develop integrated policy approaches.

Strangers Across the Amu River: Community Perceptions Along the Tajik–Afghan Borders

While securing a total of 2387 kilometre river-border from the potential trespassing of traffickers, extremists and terrorists forms part of the national security agendas of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, for the border communities living along the Amu Darya and Panj rivers, concerns stem not just from these traditional threats but from broader aspects of human insecurity: access to decent livelihoods, quality healthcare and education, and adequate water for irrigation. These everyday challenges require a rethink of the question of border security.

Managing Conflict and Integration in the South Caucasus: A Challenge for the European Union

Parallel extra-regional integration projects in the South Caucasus culminated in June 2014 with Georgia’s conclusion of an European Union (EU) Association Agreement and in January 2015 with Armenia’s accession to the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union. Azerbaijan remains outside either project. The implementation of these projects risks an increase in regional fragmentation and a further destabilization of the South Caucasus, notably the protracted conflicts of Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia.

Peacekeepers Under Threat? Fatality Trends in UN Peace Operations

It is often claimed that contemporary United Nations peace operations perform their functions in increasingly dangerous environments and are therefore more likely to suffer casualties than in previous years. Yet the data on deaths among UN peacekeepers between 1990 and 2015 indicates that fatalities have not become more frequent, neither in absolute terms nor, especially, in relative terms.

The European Union’s Principled Neutrality on the East China Sea

This Policy Brief discusses the role that the European Union (EU) could play to support crisis management and international law solutions in the East China Sea. The current EU approach can be described as ‘principled neutrality’. On the one hand, it has no position on sovereignty issues, but on the other, it supports crisis management and international law solutions (at the general level of principled declarations).
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