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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Bloomberg on Abe’s bid to boost U.S. ties

November 13, 2014

Clutching a makeshift white flag, Tetsuei Tamayose picked his way between fly-covered corpses of Japanese soldiers to surrender to U.S. troops on Okinawa in July 1945. He was 11 years old and destitute.

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A win by Onaga would affect the alliance, said Yuki Tatsumi, senior

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Geneive Abdo’s op-ed in the National Interest on ISIS

November 13, 2014

AMMAN, Jordan—For many in the West, it seems abhorrent that anyone would voluntarily join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, it is only through support from local Iraqi communities that the militants have been able to conquer cities, such as Mosul, while waiting at

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Yun Sun quoted in TIME on the APEC summit closing

November 12, 2014

On Nov. 9, the eve of President Obama’s arrival in Beijing for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a bright moon climbed across a dark sky. This took months of staging: to clear the air for arriving dignitaries, the government closed factories, cut traffic and

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Richard Cronin quoted in Voice of America on US’s opposing to the AIIS

November 12, 2014

The U.S. has expressed reservations about the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, but some experts say opposing the newly established bank may not a wise choice for Washington.

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However, Richard Cronin, director of Southeast Asia Program in the Stimson Center,

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Stimson drones task force member Rosa Brooks quoted in Yahoo News on a drone strike in Yemen

November 11, 2014

In late November of last year, at a coffee shop across from the White House, a soft-spoken Yemeni civil servant, filled with righteous indignation, held an unusual meeting with two of President Barack Obama's national security aides — and quickly put them on the

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Gordon Adams quoted in the Reflector on midterm results

November 11, 2014

The President of the United States must have dreaded the results more than anyone as Republicans took hold of the Senate and maintained their control of the House of Representatives last week. His final attempt at reviving his presidency and getting things done in Washington seems to

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Stimson Center cited in First Post on soured Indo-US ties

November 11, 2014

Now in the news for being investigated by the FBI for possible espionage, ex-American diplomat Robin Raphel came into sharp focus for the first time in October 1993. This was after a “background briefing” for journalists from South Asia in which she triggered a diplomatic explosion

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Stimson’s “Costing Nuclear Weapons” report cited in Gatestone Institute

November 11, 2014

It has been 33 years since the U.S. last embarked on a nuclear modernization program.

Both the Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of Defense have called for a debate over what the future costs of the nuclear deterrent enterprise should be and what investment is needed to keep the

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Yun Sun quoted in Huffington Post on US-China cooperation on the Grand Inga Dam project

November 11, 2014

Historically, Africa has been a land of opportunities for warring superpowers attempting to secure their political influence and economic profit. Recently, however there seems to have been a shift in the dynamics of African economic development. For the last two decades, the G2

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in Forbes on China’s approach to Taiwan

November 11, 2014

China could just take Taiwan by force with its 2.29 million troops and 2,800 aircraft, ending debate about whether the democratic, self-ruled island is part of Chinese territory. But that move would park an enraged, rebellious population just offshore and anger the major countries

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Yun Sun quoted in The Irrawaddy on Kyaukphyu SEZ

November 10, 2014

The development of a special economic zone (SEZ) around Kyaukphyu in Myanmar’s Rakhine State could move closer to reality before the end of the year with the naming of tender winners for the development of factories, new housing and infrastructure.

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Yun Sun, a China foreign

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on nuclear dangers

November 10, 2014

What can the Obama Administration hope to accomplish to reduce nuclear dangers during the last quarter-pole of this presidency, especially after being drubbed in the mid-term elections? Quite a lot, actually.

The big “get” remains a nuclear deal with Iran that leaves Tehran far more

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Alan D. Romberg op-ed in the Hill on Obama and Xi Jinping meeting

November 10, 2014

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet for a full day of bilateral consultations on Nov. 12. Many observers have set the goal as maximizing "win-win" cooperation and "managing" areas of disagreement. Perhaps this is realistic, and indeed these should be among

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Yun Sun op-ed in the Interpreter on Uighur refugees in Southeast Asia

November 06, 2014

In recent years, growing domestic Uighur unrest has led to a rising threat to China's national security and internal stability.

For Beijing, the foreign policy dimension of the Uighur issue has manifested in two areas: the handling of the Uighur diaspora and refugees, and the

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Gordon Adams quoted in the Washington Times on Republican Senate takeover

November 06, 2014

Republican insiders say legislation already is in the works to pressure the White House into expanding the war against the Islamic State and increasing pressure on Russia and Iran, as the GOP takeover of the Senate provides neocons and war hawks with their first bully pulpit since

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Yun Sun quoted in China Daily on US-China trade deficit

November 06, 2014

The United States' trade deficit with Chitna reached an all-time high of more than $35 billion in September, representing 80 percent of the US' total trade gap of $43 billion, according to US Commerce Department data released Tuesday.

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Yun Sun, a fellow at the Henry L. Stimson

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Gordon Adams op-ed in Foreign Policy on midterm elections

November 05, 2014

"They" say elections rarely turn on foreign policy. And mid-term elections, "they" say, are almost never a referendum on the president. Well, take that, whoever "they" are. This election turned on foreign policy big time. But not the way you might think. Foreign policy was not on the

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Ahram online on US-Iran nuclear deal

November 05, 2014

Ongoing high-level talks between Iran and the United States aim to reach a deal on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme before 24 November.

 

The threat posed by militant groups might push the parties to achieve a final agreement.

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Nevertheless, Geneive Abdo, nonresident

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Stimson’s chemical weapons event cited in Roll Call on Syria’s chemical arms

November 05, 2014

Months after surrendering the last of its declared stockpile of chemical warfare agents, Syria has yet to fully come clean to the international community about the scope of its chemical weapons program, a key U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

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As a CWC member state, Syria is

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Gordon Adams quoted in the Washington Times on the GOP votes on an Iran nuclear deal

November 05, 2014

Republicans controlling both houses of Congress will have new license to pressure the Obama administration on foreign and national security policy, but congressional sources and analysts say it remains unlikely the GOP will have the power to play spoiler if the White House decides to

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