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Op-ed by Geneive Abdo in Al Arabiya on Salafists in Lebanon

August 20, 2015

Once considered rising political players in Lebanese politics, the Salafists who were active in aiding the Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are now in retreat.

After three years of monitoring their activities, a recent visit to their mosques and homes showed

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Stimson’s “The Army Goes to School” report cited in St. Louis Post-Patch

August 20, 2015

While the Army has announced cuts of 40,000 troops at military bases around the country, the big installation in Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood, has dodged a major hit — for now.

But if local communities want to hedge against future troop cuts in our area, they should pay very close

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Alan Romberg quoted in Yonhap News on South and North Korea

August 20, 2015

Military tensions between South and North Korea, which were heightened dramaticlly by an exchange of artillery fire across their heavily armed border, are unlikely to grow out of control and lead to major clashes, a U.S. expert said Thursday. 

The North fired one artillery shell

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Julia Thompson quoted in Bloomberg on India and Pakistan

August 20, 2015

India and Pakistan’s top security officials will meet on Sunday to try and restart a peace dialogue that has repeatedly stalled due to terrorism and gun battles.

The worst border fighting in a decade soured ties just weeks after Narendra Modi met with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz

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Op-ed by Ellen Laipson in World Politics Review on Intelligence and Policymaking

August 18, 2015

The summer’s headlines—from how to verify the Iran deal to combatting the self-declared Islamic State to, most recently, new revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the telecom giant AT&T—all have something in common: the role of intelligence in keeping the United

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon in Arms Control Wonk on South Asia program

August 17, 2015

One way to try to have an influence on South Asia’s nuclear future is to mentor rising talent. Thanks to the Stimson Center’s funders — the Carnegie Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation and the NNSA — we do workshops with this cohort, we’re planning our first open, online course on

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Stimson’s “Reducing Sexual Exploitation & Abuse in UN Peacekeeping” report cited in Pacific Magazine

August 17, 2015

On August 2nd, gunfire erupted in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. On one side of the violence: United Nations peacekeepers sent to the Central African Republic after the 2013 collapse of the government. On the other: a group of armed men. U.N. officers had been

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Stimson’s “The Dynamics of Violence along the Kashmir Divide” report cited in The Hindu

August 17, 2015

In August 2013, exactly two years ago, 40 experts, comprising the most senior former diplomats, police officials and retired military officers, wrote a letter to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Pakistan. “The policy of appeasement has failed,” they said at a press

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Op-ed by Abhijit Iyer-Mitra in Business Standard on the Cost of War

August 16, 2015

has a very convoluted relationship with Human Rights. On one hand while technology allowed industrial scale slaughter, the advent of the digital and information ages starting in the 1970s had sharply reduced collateral damage in most wars fought by first world countries
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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in The Straits Times on Japan’s Prime Minister

August 15, 2015

Though Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement has "something for everyone", experts in the US said appeasing Japan's Asian neighbours would not be simple.

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Ms Yuki Tatsumi, senior associate of the East Asia Programme at Stimson Centre, said the US "will more likely look

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Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes on Taiwan’s Election

August 15, 2015

Taiwan’s ruling party, at odds with much of the public for strengthening relations with old rival China, faced opinion polls last month saying its 2016 presidential candidate lagged the opposition’s by about 20 percentage points. Then a minor party candidate who also favors closer

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Laicie Heeley interviewed on FOX Business regarding Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton

August 14, 2015

Laicie Heeley was interviewed on FOX Business channel regarding Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton.  

 

To view interview, click here.

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japan’s Emperor

August 14, 2015

On the eve of August 14, the eyes of the world are on what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will (and will not) say in the statement he is expected to issue to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. However, what we will hear from Japanese Emperor Akihito on August 15

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon in Kashmire Images on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 14, 2015

As numbers-based arms control wanes, norms become even more important. Norms can be clarified in Codes of Conduct or established by customary practice. The most important norm in our field is the non-use of nuclear weapons in combat.

Few expected this norm to exist after atomic bombs

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Op-ed by Johanna Mendelson Forman in The Hill on US-Cuba Relations

August 14, 2015

When Secretary of State John Kerry raises the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Aug. 14, he will officially mark the end of an era of failed foreign policy. Kerry's official actions this Friday will be historic not only for ending the more than half a century of

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Op-ed by Geneive Abdo and Yasir Zaidan Abdu in the National Interest on ISIS

August 14, 2015

A private, elite school in Khartoum tells the story of the appeal of ISIS—a story that defies years of mythologies in the West about the lure of Muslim youth to extremism.

In June, twelve students of the prestigious University of Medical Sciences and Technology left their studies and

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy on Campaign Consequences

August 13, 2015

Aach, we are already in election campaign season. A time when reason and realism fly out the window, leaving behind a disorderly cacophony of rhetoric, much of which is aimed at positioning a candidate. The foreign-policy and national security rhetoric in this campaign season,

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Yuki Tatsumi interviewed on NPR On Point on 70 Years after WWII

August 13, 2015

Seventy years after Japan’s World War II surrender, Japan is making moves to give its military more room to fight again. We’ll look at what that could mean in Asia and beyond.

Listen to this interview here.

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Michael Krepon quoted in Outer Places on US, China and Russia in Space

August 12, 2015

While science fiction fans eagerly await the upcoming new Star Wars movie, a very real war for space may be brewing down here on Earth.

Tensions are reaching new heights between America, Russia, and China over threats to satellites in outer space. Chinese tests of what experts call

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Michael Krepon quoted in Scientific America on War in Space

August 11, 2015

The world’s most worrisome military flashpoint is arguably not in the Strait of Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, Iran, Israel, Kashmir or Ukraine. In fact, it cannot be located on any map of Earth, even though it is very easy to find. To see it, just look up into a clear sky, to the

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