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Rachel Stohl on drones and the State of the Union address

January 26, 2015

In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made a singular reference to unmanned aerial vehicles, more colloquially referred to as "drones." During his remarks on American values, Obama said, "As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened, which is

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Joshua T White quoted in Dawn on India and Pakistan relations

January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON: India-Pakistan tensions cast long shadow over President Barack Obama’s visit, the US media reported on Sunday as a think-tank expert said that the US leader might ask New Delhi to resume dialogue with Islamabad.

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Joshua White, an analyst at the Stimson Centre, a

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The Stimson Center mentioned in Kashmir Life

January 26, 2015

An American diplomat whom India calls the mother of Hurriyat Conference, was recently in the middle of an espionage drama. But in 1991, this lady diplomat, during a secret meeting, almost convinced JKLF’s top brass to shun gun and embrace diplomacy for a lasting solution. Bilal

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Joshua T White’s op-ed on US-India relations

January 26, 2015

A mere four months after Prime Minister Modi’s landmark visit to the United States, both governments are again rushing to put the finishing touches on a leaders’ summit. This time, the adoring crowds at Madison Square Garden will be replaced by the pageantry of a US president

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Ellen Laipson in CCTV on King Abdullah’s death

January 26, 2015

CCTV America interviewed Ellen Laipson, president and chief executive officer of the global security think tank Stimson, about King Abdullah’s legacy.

To watch the clip, click here.

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Joshua White in the Wall Street Journal on India Pakistan tensions

January 26, 2015

ISLAMABAD—President Barack Obama ’s visit to India comes at a time of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, after weeks in which the two countries have traded heavy fire across a disputed part of their border in Kashmir.

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Joshua White, an analyst at the Stimson

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Joshua T White quoted in the Diplomat on US-India defense ties

January 23, 2015

As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for his visit to New Delhi next week to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defense officials from both sides have been rushing to finalize the components of what could amount to a much-needed boost in this dimension of the U.S.-India

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Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy on French colonialization

January 23, 2015

France and, by extension, Europe have put themselves between a rock and a hard place. In the French case, this situation has persisted for decades, even more than a century. While religious extremism may be the proximate motivation for the vicious slaughter at Charlie Hebdo and the

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Yun Sun on illegal logging in Myanmar

January 23, 2015

The recent escalation of tensions in northern Myanmar as the result of the Myanmar military’s crackdown on illegal logging and timber trade once again pushed the issue of Myanmar high up on China’s foreign policy priorities. Some are worried about rising armed conflict along the

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Stimson report cited in SSR resource centre

January 21, 2015

As the civil war continues in South Sudan, it is important to examine growing challenges faced by the UN mission (UNMISS) and how best to addressing them. The Stimson Center’s report “Will They Protect Us for the Next 10 Years?” Challenges Faced by the UN Peacekeeping Mission in

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Stimson report cited in Fact check

January 21, 2015

President Barack Obama largely stuck to the facts in his State of the Union address, although he did cherry-pick data and exaggerate at times to put the best spin on his accomplishments.

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Obama said his administration has “worked to make sure our use of new technology like

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Geneive Abdo quoted in LA Times on Iranian interests in Yemen

January 21, 2015

second consecutive day of violence in Yemen's capital raised fear of deepening instability in a nation regarded as pivotal to Washington’s counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.

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Iran has no interest in creating a power vacuum in Sana that would leave the capital, and

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Thanhnien News on Japan’s peacebuilding

January 20, 2015

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is promoting Japan as a postwar peace-builder as he tests the waters for a statement marking the 70th anniversary of its World War II defeat that risks irritating China and South Korea.
Japan has taken an “unwavering path” of peace since the war, Abe
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Alan Romberg interviewed in DW on the new Kuomintang chairman

January 19, 2015

Eric Chu (also Chu Li-luan), mayor of New Taipei city, stood unopposed for the party leadership on Saturday, January 17, and was elected with 99.6 percent of the total votes cast by party members, the Kuomintang (KMT) said. Shortly after his election was announced, China's

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Geneive Abdo interviewed in Echo Der Zeit (Swiss)

January 18, 2015

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Joshua T White co-signs letter to John Kerry on Pakistan’s religious freedom

January 15, 2015

JOHN KERRY, the American secretary of state, has been in Pakistan over the past couple of days, on a tough assignment. He had to show the proper degree of sympathy over last month's terrible massacre of schoolchildren by the Pakistani Taliban, and urge his hosts to draw the logical

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on deterrence stability

January 15, 2015

What benefits are conferred by nuclear weapons? Do they provide status? Not like in the past. North Korea and Pakistan haven’t gained status by having the Bomb. Instead, they have become more worrisome countries. Do they alleviate security concerns? Possessing nuclear weapons against

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Matthew Leatherman’s op-ed in Breaking Defense on COCOM and military pay

January 14, 2015

Imagine a business that’s restructuring costs. The idea is to restrain employee compensation and free up money for operations and investment, thus allowing the company to grow. Everyone’s familiar with the surrounding debate: leaders spotlight the need for efficiency, and workers

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Yun Sun quoted in The Diplomat on the Kachin State

January 14, 2015

The Je Yang refugee camp is crawling with youngsters. Some run down the camp’s main dirt road in stained clothes rolling along old tires while others hang from tree branches or sit in windowsills. The elderly, looking pensive and forlorn, idle crouched in doorways while able-bodied

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Ellen Laipson in German Marshall Fund on Mediterranean affairs

January 13, 2015

From December 3-5, GMF held its 10th Mediterranean Strategy Group (MSG) meeting in Naples, Italy. The theme of this meeting was the evolving role of the U.S. in the Mediterranean, addressing topics such as trade and investment, regional security, and the outlook for transatlantic
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