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Ellen Laipson’s op-ed on Tunisia after the Arab Spring is published in International Business Times

April 03, 2014

Mr. Jomaa Goes To Washington: A Breath Of Fresh Air From Tunisia's ‘Arab Spring' Revolution

When the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Mehdi Jomaa, visits Washington on Wednesday, it will be a welcome respite from the relentless bad news coming from the Arab world. Tunisia, where the Arab

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed on the Obama administration’s strategy in Asia is published in The Hill

April 03, 2014

Obama's Asia trip: Assurance is the key

In late April, President Obama visits Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia. He should make this trip an "assurance tour," focusing on convincing Asian allies and partners of his administration's unwavering commitment to peace and

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Michael Krepon’s column on the doctrine of nuclear weapons in South Asia published in Arms Control

April 03, 2014

Massive Retaliation

Massive retaliation is a siren song that appeals to states that cannot afford a nuclear competition but can afford to let an adversary cross the nuclear threshold first. It's a money-saver, and it sounds persuasive, until the threat of massive retaliation is

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on the peaceful rise of China is published in CSIS

April 03, 2014

China's Peaceful Rise: Peace through strength?

Debate over whether China's rise is and will be peaceful continues. Chinese strategic culture seems to support the idea of a "peaceful rise," not because of China's peace-loving nature, but rather because it deems fighting as inferior

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Stimson Center is cited in Gatestone Institute research on US nuclear deterrence capability

April 03, 2014

"Come Get Us"

In the latest proposed defense budget, a preview of which had been discussed a day earlier by DOD leaders at the Pentagon, on February 26, 2014, Doyle McManus of the LA Times took Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to task for not slashing the funding for the US nuclear

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Ellen Laipson quoted on CCTV news

April 02, 2014

Saudi King Abdullah meets with U-S President Barack Obama in Riyadh Friday to shore up U.S.-Saudi relations. It’s their first meeting since King Abdullah came to the White House in 2010. That was before the Arab Spring, the Iran presidential election and the Syrian Civil War.

To

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Joshua White’s commentary on the complexity of Pak-Afghan relations is published in Foreign Policy

April 02, 2014

Islamabad's (Charm) Offensive

Talk to most any Afghan, and you'll get an earful about how Pakistan has treated its smaller neighbor: the use of proxies, the tendency to see Afghan Pashtuns as pliant Pakistanis-in-waiting rather than independent political actors, and the persistent

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Stimson event on women in international security with SecAF Deborah Lee James quoted in USAF press

April 02, 2014

SecAF addresses women in national security

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James addressed the topic of women serving in combat roles during a Women In International Security-sponsored event to celebrate Women's History Month at the Stimson Center, March

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Stimson study on wildlife poaching is quoted in The Cutting Edge

April 02, 2014

End Wildlife Poaching -- and its Financial Benefit to Terrorists

Transnational criminal syndicates, terrorist organizations and Islamic extremists are increasingly turning to wildlife trafficking to bankroll their operations. Specifically, elephant and rhinoceros ivory accounts

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Michael Krepon’s op-ed on potential conflict between spacefaring superpowers published in Space Ne

April 01, 2014

Waiting for Trouble

The United States and China have no experience and no agreements to avoid or defuse incidents in space or at sea, where both countries are flexing their military capabilities. In contrast, during the Cold War, Washington and Moscow employed many channels of

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Yuki Tatsumi’s column on Japan’s diplomatic strategy between US is published in The Japan News

April 01, 2014

YUKI'S TAKE: Abe must reestablish trust with Obama

On March 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a trilateral summit with US President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in The Hague. It did not lead to a breakthrough in the tension between Abe and Park. Nonetheless,

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Stimson study is cited in Huffington Post on the administration’s OCO proposal in DoD budget

April 01, 2014

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the FY2015 Pentagon budget within the caps established in law. This exercise in reality-based budgeting is a refreshing change from the

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Josua T. White’s op-ed on US-Pakistan relations is published in Foreign Policy

March 31, 2014

Pakistan and the United States: Frenemies Forever?

Following the annus horriblis of 2011, US-Pakistan relations are finally looking up. The strategic dialogue between the two countries has resumed with a realistic scope and calibrated expectations. The defense relationship is

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Alan Romberg is quoted in Yonhap News on last week’s meeting between leaders of the ROK and Japan

March 31, 2014

Time for Seoul, Tokyo to seize summit-made chance for improved ties: U.S. pundits

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Yonhap) -- A recent meeting between the leaders of South Korea and Japan has offered a glimmer of hope for improved relations between the neighboring nations, but it's still

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Michael Krepon’s commentary on the state of nuclear non-proliferation is published Arms Control Wonk

March 27, 2014

A Wobbly Nuclear Order

Five years ago, President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a speech in Prague calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Nongovernmental organizations, including the Stimson Center, helped with blueprints for getting to zero, and distinguished

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Russell Rumbaugh’s commentary on military readiness is published in Defense One

March 25, 2014

The Myth Behind the Hollow Force

The debate about the defense budget suffers a fundamental disconnect: even as the national conversation focuses on deep cuts, the actual force remains the most awe-inspiring military force in the world. Some of that disconnect stems from blurring

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Alan Romberg is quoted in Los Angeles Times on Taiwanese students protest FTA with China

March 24, 2014

Taiwanese students protest trade pact with mainland China

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As students occupied Taiwan's legislative chamber Sunday for a sixth day to protest a free-trade agreement with China, President Ma Ying-jeou denounced the takeover as a threat to democracy.

Government

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Russell Sticklor’s op-ed on Asia in the future of Arctic development is published in The Diplomat

March 24, 2014

Japan, Korea, Singapore and the Arctic Sea Lanes

When the Arctic Council admitted a bevy of new official observer states to its ranks to great fanfare in May 2013, China and India's accession dominated the headlines. But three other key Asian nations - Japan, Singapore and South

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Rachel Stohl’s op-ed on the new US Arms Transfer Policy is published in Arms Control Today

March 21, 2014

Promoting Restraint: Updated Rules for U.S. Arms Transfer Policy

By Rachel Stohl

On January 15, 2014, the United States released a document describing its new policy governing transfers of conventional weapons. The policy revision was long overdue, as the new publicly released

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Michael Krepon is quoted in Pakistan Defence on the Pakistan-India nuclear arms race

March 21, 2014

Halting Pakistan-India Nuclear Arms Race

The two long-time South Asian rivals, India and Pakistan, are engaged in the world's most active nuclear arms race. India is estimated to have produced as many as 100 atomic weapons, and Pakistan is believed to have stockpiled a similar number

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