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Gordon Adams’ op-ed in Foreign Policy on Iran and the US administrations

April 15, 2015

One of the things that struck me about George W. Bush’s foreign policy was that it was clear and consistent, both in goals and in implementation. In policy, you knew what he was for; you knew what he was against. The themes were clear: nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and

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Michael Krepon’s column in Arms Control Wonk on the Iran Deal, critiques and rebuttals

April 14, 2015

Critics are trying to have it both ways: The Obama administration’s framework agreement is bad because it fanaticizes improved Iranian behavior. Or the agreement is bad because it won’t change Iranian behavior. Both critiques are wide of the mark. This agreement has a narrow but

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on energy security in the Caribbean

April 10, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement of $20 million in financing for private investment in Caribbean clean energy projects at a meeting yesterday with the region's leaders in Kingston, Jamaica, comes at a good time: After a lost decade during which easy access to cheap

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Geneive Abdo broadcasted in C-SPAN on combating violent extremism

April 10, 2015

Mbarka Bouaida outlined Morocco’s political history and her country’s efforts in combating violent extremism. She also discussed the U.S.-Moroccan Strategic Dialogue, which took place during her visit to Washington, D.C. Following her remarks, panelists focused on the influence of

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Matthew Leatherman quoted in Defense News on the Better Buying Power

April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — After months of expectation, Pentagon officials ordered the implementation of Better Buying Power 3.0 Thursday afternoon.

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Matthew Leatherman, an adviser to the Stimson Center, called the the Better Buying Power series of reforms more "realistic" than other

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Debra Decker’s op-ed in The Hill on increasing security and trade in the Americas

April 09, 2015

When President Obama visits with Caribbean leaders April 9 in Jamaica and then attends the Summit of the Americas in Panama, trade and security issues should top his agenda.

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Shannon Dick’s op-ed in ISN on security threats in Africa

April 09, 2015

For nearly two years, the Central African Republic (CAR) has been plagued by armed violence, with the civil war between the rebel coalition and government forces claiming the lives of thousands of victims and displacing millions more. Armed groups sustain their activities in part by

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Yun Sun quoted in Deutsche Welle on rebel casualties in Myanmar

April 09, 2015

Myanmars umstrittene Minderheitenpolitik führt seit Jahrzehnten immer wieder zu Kämpfen zwischen verschiedenen ethnischen Milizen und den Regierungstruppen. Es geht um das Maß an Autonomie, das die Zentralregierung zugesteht und die Minderheiten fordern.

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Die Spannungen in

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Geneive Abdo’s op-ed in The National Interest on Arab opinion of the Iran Deal

April 07, 2015

As the White House claims a well-deserved victory over the nuclear deal with Iran, Washington must also realize that Arab states and societies view the agreement as a reflection of a fundamental shift in the power dynamics of the Middle East.

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Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes on North Korea and Iran

April 06, 2015

Israel and Republicans in the U.S. Congress now share common cause with North Korea on one critical topic: they hate the nuclear deal that  negotiators from the U.S. and five other countries have struck with Iran.

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Scott Snyder at the Council on Foreign Relations told South

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Michael Krepon’s column in Arms Control Wonk on the Iran Deal

April 06, 2015

The framework agreement reached by the United States and its negotiating partners with Iran is a significant accomplishment, imposing substantial constraints on Tehran’s ability to make nuclear weapons. If it is finalized, only one other executive agreement dealing with nuclear

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Gordon Adams and Matthew Leatherman quoted in Defense News on OCO

April 06, 2015

WASHINGTON — The presence of the overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund is preventing needed reforms to the defense budget, a panel of experts said April 3.

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Gordon Adams, a former top defense official at the Office of Management and Budget and now a distinguished fellow

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Alan Romberg cited in Taipei Times on Beijing’s actions

April 06, 2015

Unless Beijing significantly reduces the size and scope of its military threat, Washington will feel compelled to approve major new weapons sales to Taiwan “at various times in the future,” a report from the Carnegie Endowment said.

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Written by 10 authors, including Carnegie

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David Michel quoted in Climate Central on hydro projects

April 06, 2015

As investments in wind and solar power climb, backing major hydropower projects may be seen as a risky bet in a warming world, as studies show that reservoirs may be major sources of methane emissions and climate change itselfcould make rain and snowfall less certain in some … Read More »

Debra Decker’s op-ed in Weekly Gleaner on Obama visit in Caribbean

April 06, 2015

When President Obama visits with Caribbean leaders April 9 in Jamaica, broad trade and security issues should top his agenda. Trade growth in the Americas can drive jobs and development - a good thing for everyone. But security issues in one country can haunt its trading partners and

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Alan Romberg quoted in Korea Herald on North Korea nuclear issue

April 03, 2015

A tentative deal that six world powers have reached with Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear program is unlikely to rekindle U.S interest in resolving the North Korean nuclear standoff, American experts said Thursday.

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Alan Romberg, a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center, also

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Yun Sun cited in China Daily on the AIIB

April 03, 2015

New Asian investment institution has had countries lining up at the door for membership

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Sun Yun, a fellow at the East Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, says more attention should be paid to the challenges posed by the way the bank is run.

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Barry Blechman’s op-ed in Tribune News Service on the Iran Deal

April 03, 2015

President Barack Obama's strategy to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons has worked. Ignoring siren calls over the past five years to try to destroy Iran's nuclear infrastructure through air strikes, the president knit together an effective, global sanctions regime that

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Bloomberg on the Iran Deal

April 03, 2015

Eighteen months after picking up the phone to Barack Obama with an historic message of reconciliation, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has secured the outline nuclear agreement he expects to end his country’s isolation.

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“The real prize is sanctions being lifted, not a

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Barry Blechman quoted in Voice of America on the Iran nuclear deal

March 31, 2015

As a deadline nears for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the talk centers around centrifuges, enriched uranium, and heavy-water reactors.

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The design of the centrifuges is also important, according to Barry Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a Washington research

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