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BFAD Matthew Leatherman moderated “Education in a Military Community” outside Ft. Bragg

December 05, 2014

BFAD adviser Matthew Leatherman moderated an event titled "Education in a Military Community" just outside the gates of Ft. Bragg on December 3rd. As the Fayetteville Observer reported, "General Ray Odierno's presence loomed large at a forum at Cumberland County's headquarters

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in Radio Taiwan International on future of cross-strait relation

December 04, 2014

US experts have begun considering possible developments in the future of cross-strait relations… that’s in light of the ruling Kuomintang’s (KMT) massive defeat in Taiwan’s recent municipal elections. Some commentators say the recent elections are an indication of how voters will

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Stimson’s BFAD report cited in Roll Call on the next secretary of defense’s need

December 04, 2014

One theory for why Chuck Hagel stepped down as secretary of Defense is that President Barack Obama wanted someone who would be a better salesperson for increasing Pentagon spending. If that’s the case, the president has crafted the wrong job description for the individual who will be

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Alan D. Romberg quote in Focus Taiwan on China’s stance on Taiwan

December 04, 2014

Washington, Dec. 3 (CNA) China is likely to take a stronger position on Taiwan following the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party's victory in the Nov. 29 local government elections, U.S. experts said Wednesday.

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Alan Romberg, director of the East Asia program at the

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Gordon Adams quoted in Foreign Policy on defense authorization bill

December 03, 2014

After months of bartering between the House and Senate Armed Services committees, a massive, $585 billion measure that would authorize funding for the country's defense for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1 is finally available for public scrutiny. It's also a window into the

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Gordon Adams quoted in Defense News on Ash Carter’s relation with the defense industry

December 03, 2014

WASHINGTON — As Washington waits for the White House to nominate Ash Carter as the next defense secretary, questions remain as to how he would ultimately run the department, and how he would operate under an executive branch that famously likes to call the shots.

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in VR World on KMT losing the election

December 03, 2014

The ruling party Kuomintang’s (KMT) dramatic loss during Taiwan’s municipal elections –including the mayoral race in the capital Taipei —  on Nov. 29 worried Taiwanese businessmen who are working in China or dealing business with Chinese counterparts now that the rival party

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in Taipei Times on DPP’s Wu leaving for Washington

December 02, 2014

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday left for Washington to discuss the political and economic implications of his party’s huge success in the nine-in-one elections. Wu said he is to join a discussion on Capitol Hill, where participants

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Joshua T. White interviewed in Dawn on conflict in Pakistan

December 02, 2014

Q. The Jamaat-i-Islami seems to be changing tact; they’ve ditched the more extreme Munawar Hasan in favour of the more statesmanly Sirajul Haq and now are looking to move away from their traditional role of being the party the establishment turns to for expression of street power. Do

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Gordon Adams quoted in The Fiscal Times on graft in army helping Islamic State

December 01, 2014

The Pentagon is asking Congress for $1.2 billion to train and equip the bedraggled Iraqi Army in the coming year in the battle against ISIS – but just finding the soldiers to train may pose a major challenge. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi disclosed Sunday that his country’s

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on Pakistan’s health and demography

December 01, 2014

A recent trip to Pakistan gave me reasons for hope as well as despair. Pakistan still has what it takes to succeed, as is evident from the vitality of its black economy. But governance will fail without leadership, revenue generation and internal security. Progress is evident on the

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in Time on Taiwan Election

December 01, 2014

Ma Ying-jeou is having a bad week. Taiwan’s President went into this weekend’s local elections battered, his approval ratings low. Then on Saturday his party, the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), got thoroughly trounced, losing ground across the island, including key mayoral posts in

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in the China Post on US relations with Taiwan after Taiwan’s elections

December 01, 2014

WASHINGTON--The United States will continue to improve its relations with Taiwan after Taiwan's local elections concluded Saturday, according to a scholar at the Washington -based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia at the

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Alan D. Romberg interviewed in Central News Agency on Beijing’s relations with the DPP [Chinese]

November 30, 2014

(中央社記者廖漢原華盛頓29日專電)美國兩岸學者容安瀾今天表示,相信中國大陸不會改變兩岸關係和平發展的對台政策,未來幾個月將思考如何處理與民進黨的關係。

華府智庫史汀生中心(Stimson

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Rachel Stohl cited in Khaleej Times on new standards to regulate arms trade

November 29, 2014

The signatory countries of the Arms Trade Treaty [ATT] will huddle together in Berlin to prepare for the ATT’s entry into force on December 24, 2014.  Of the global arms trade, the top five importing countries are in the South and West Asian region — India, China, Pakistan, UAE and

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Yun Sun quoted in Geopolitics on a US-Vietnam alliance

November 26, 2014

The recent tactical withdrawal of a giant Chinese oil rigfrom waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi does not herald a change in China’s strategy of staking out claims in large swaths of the South China Sea that have bedeviled the two ideologically communist allies over the past

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Barry Blechman op-ed in Foreign Policy on a nuclear deal with Iran

November 25, 2014

An agreement would have been preferable, of course. But it's not all bad news out of Vienna right now. The decision to extend until July the deadline for negotiations with Iran over the country's nuclear program is, essentially, a step in the right direction. And making these talks a

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Aditi Gorur op-ed in World Politics Review on crisis in South-Sudan

November 25, 2014

JUBA, South Sudan—South Sudan is in crisis. Following the outbreak of a civil war almost a year ago, the country has been devastated by widespread violence that is both politically and ethnically motivated. The international community’s ability to stop the violence rests in large

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