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Joshua T. White op-ed in War on the Rocks

October 06, 2014

The recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington must have come as a welcome reprieve for a White House consumed by chaos in the Middle East, Russian revisionism in Eastern Europe, and the spread of Ebola in Africa. Modi’s resounding electoral success in the May

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in PunditFacts on Dick Cheney’s comments on Army brigades

October 06, 2014

There is no question that the Pentagon is spending millions of dollars in the effort to destroy the forces of the Islamic State group. By one estimate, fielding 2,000 troops in Iraq and maintaining a moderate level of airstrikes could cost between $200 million and $320 million per

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Stimson 2013 report cited in South China Morning Post

October 06, 2014

Just five years ago, Myanmar's lifeline to the world ran along the Burma Road into China.

The Southeast Asian nation, one of the world's poorest, was for years heavily reliant on China as a source of investment in the most basic infrastructure.

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But China's role has been muted.

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Michael Krepon quoted in Tribune India on Modi’s visit to Washington

October 05, 2014

Washington DC has the reputation of being one heck of a tough town. With heads of state visiting it frequently, America’s capital is not easily impressed. While Narendra Modi on his maiden visit as Prime Minister made a big splash, the badshahs of the Beltway — the host of think

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Alan Romberg quoted in Correio Braziense [Portuguese]

October 05, 2014

No mercado noturno de Raohe, no Memorial de Chiang Kai-shek ou no templo taoísta de Long-shan, a vida segue seu curso sem se incomodar com o status quo político indefinido. Com 23 milhões de habitantes e a 19ª economia mais sólida do planeta, Taiwan busca equilibrar-se no cenário

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Gordon Adams quoted in Stars and Stripes on ‘war credit card’

October 03, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has been issuing dire warnings this year that the military is fast approaching a severe money crunch — a problem compounded now by the war in Iraq and Syria.

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Congress will almost certainly pay that bill using the OCO account, said Gordon Adams, an

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Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes on China’s bid to reunify with Taiwan

October 01, 2014

The timing was ominously weird. A day before tens of thousands took to the streets in Hong Kong to press for universal suffrage, an affront to Beijing’s more authoritarian rule, Chinese President Xi Jinpingsuggested that staunchly self-ruled, democratic Taiwan also join his country.

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Michael Krepon quoted in Counter Currents on international aid for Kashmir

September 30, 2014

It is not asking for alms. During natural calamities and manmade disasters people of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to get aid from the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and other international organizations, on more than one count. The United Nations is

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Alan Romberg quoted in War is Boring on shooting down spy planes

September 30, 2014

In August, a Chinese fighter jet flew a barrel roll over a U.S. Navy P-8 patrol plane over the South China Sea. This sort of aerial harassment has happened often enough that the U.S. government has a script for how to respond.

Last week, the Department of State released a new

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Stimson’s Chairman’s Forum cited in Breaking Defense on the changing US Army

September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON: “Everybody’s got to change.” That’s the message from Army Gen. David Perkins, about everything from concepts to training to weapons programs. “A couple of weeks ago, we had a meeting with the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff,” he said. “They said, ‘look, this

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Alan Romberg discusses PRC attitudes toward Cross-Strait relations

September 24, 2014

In over six years since the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou, relations between Taiwan and mainland China have reached unprecedented levels of political, economic, and social exchange. As Ma approaches the end of his term in office and Xi Jinping enters the second year of his,

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Michael Krepon quoted in Washington Post on the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear program

September 22, 2014

 — In one of the world’s most volatile ­regions, Pakistan is advancing toward a sea-based missile capability and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear warheads, according to Pakistani and Western analysts.

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“The assurances Pakistan has given the world

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Alison Giffen quoted in IRIN News on UN peacekeeping dilemmas in CAR

September 19, 2014

LONDON, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The flags flew, the bands played, green African Union (AU) berets were swapped for blue UN ones, and MISCA officially became MINUSCA. As the handover was taking place MINUSCA tweeted: “The key priority of the UN in CAR is to support the political

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Geneive Abdo quoted in US News & World Report on the Islamic State in Syria

September 17, 2014

Those who study the region agree that the Islamic State's potential access to chemical weapons would achieve one of the fundamental goals of a terrorist group.

"The strength of chemical and biological weapons is the fear factor," says Ben Connable, an intelligence analyst with the

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Alan Romberg quoted in Taipei Times on the likelihood of a US-Taiwan arms deal in the next year

September 15, 2014

There may be a new round of US arms sales to Taiwan next year, it was predicted on Friday at a Washington conference on cross-strait relations.

Experts refused to speculate on just what might be sold, but sources outside the conference said it was unlikely to include submarines

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Report co-authored by David Michel cited in Thomas Reuters Foundation

September 11, 2014

Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza. With such crises in the headlines, it is easy to forget about the structural challenges that threaten to become the foreign policy crises of the future. Among these, access to fresh water stands out. It is already contributing to many conflicts around the

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Al-Ahram on the War on Terror and post-9/11 discourse

September 11, 2014

On 20 September, 2002 - one year later - the Republican US president warned that the war on terror began with Al-Qaeda but "does not end there."

"It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated," stated Bush.

Geneive Abdo, a fellow in

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James McKeon’s primer on Scotland’s independence referendum published in World Post

September 10, 2014

The British newspapers published it on the front page, the stock markets reacted -- mostly negatively -- and the international coverage blasted off. What happened? The first poll in history showed support for Scottish independence above 50 percent, less than two weeks from the

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Michael Krepon’s column on establishing legal norms in space published in Space News

September 09, 2014

Norms are standards of proper or acceptable behavior. They establish expectations and clarify misbehavior, thereby helping to isolate, limit, and sanction bad behavior. Without norms, there are no norm-breakers. They can be codified in treaties and other legal instruments, or they

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Bloomberg News on Iran’s Khamenei and nuclear negotiations

September 08, 2014

Khamenei was hospitalized as his country and world powers try to craft a final accord meant to banish global concerns about the nature of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Iran denies charges that its civilian nuclear program is a cover to

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