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Brian Finlay quoted in this PolitiFact feature on chemical weapons in Syria

July 21, 2014

Brian Finlay, managing director at the Stimson Center, a private defense policy group, said a total guarantee is never really possible.

"So long as Syria, or any other country for that matter, has a modern agricultural industry, a mining industry, produces paints and inks, or even

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Alan Romberg interviewed by The Diplomat on recent developments in cross-strait relations

July 21, 2014

The Diplomat's Kelwin Choi recently sat down with Alan D. Romberg, distinguished fellow and the director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, to discuss cross-Strait relations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the East China Sea.

What is the significance

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Ellen Laipson’s op-ed on recent political developments in Afghanistan and Iraq published in The Hill

July 18, 2014

There's been a brief break in the storm clouds over Baghdad and Kabul this week; both countries' struggles to form governments after elections achieved minor progress with the election of a parliament speaker in Iraq and an agreement to audit election results in Afghanistan. But the

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Richard Cronin quoted in Financial Times on the Mekong River crisis

July 18, 2014

International strategic experts say that all adds up to a worrying situation in a region now confronting fresh tensions as China and nearby countries make territorial claims to islands in the South China Sea. "It's right up there with the South China Sea as a longer-term threat to

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Stimson’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in Al Jazeera op-ed

July 18, 2014

Echoing Jabar, a report released on June 26th by the Stimson Center, a Washington DC think tank, concludes that extremist groups have only grown in influence. Indeed, the "blowback" from drones is "a potent recruiting tool for terrorist organisations" in places like Yemen and

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Yun Sun quoted in AFP on Chinese economic engagement in Latin America

July 18, 2014

Despite China's growing investments in the region, it will be hard for Beijing to dislodge the United States in Latin America, said Yun Sun, East Asia expert at the Washington-based Stimson Center think-tank.

"US-Latin America long-standing, traditional ties will not be easily

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Geneive Abdo featured in the CFR’s presentation on the Sunni-Shia divide [Video]

July 17, 2014

An ancient religious divide is helping fuel a resurgence of conflicts in the Middle East and Muslim countries. Struggles between Sunni and Shia forces have fed a Syrian civil war that threatens to transform the map of the Middle East, spurred violence that is fracturing Iraq, and

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Michael Krepon’s column on the decline of bipartisanship in Congress published in Arms Control Wonk

July 17, 2014

One of the pleasures of living in the Charlottesville, Va. area is that Lew Dunn and I meet monthly for lunch, where we discuss Lew's latest photography projects, my obsessions with mosses and ferns, and the Bomb. We agree much more than we used to (Lew worked for President Reagan; I

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BFAD’s brief on the FY15 Overseas Contingency Operations request cited in Roll Call

July 17, 2014

Zakheim was responding in part to a brief by the Stimson Center, which pointed out that the OCO was shrinking, but not as fast as the United States was pulling out troops. The argument goes round and round - some contend that the military has already been "reset."

Congress is

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in Foreign Policy on the FY15 OCO Budget Request

July 17, 2014

The Stimson Center's Russell Rumbaugh said he thought Winnefeld offered a very robust defense of what Rumbaugh calls the "retainer model," where the Pentagon's $500 billion base budget covers the costs of just having a Defense Department, but if it's required to go out and do

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Stimson’s “Lessons Learned for Stabilization in Syria” report cited in Foreign Policy

July 16, 2014

Lessons learned tend to be hortatory in nature. CNN's Fareed Zakaria informs us that the Iraq War offers five lessons, including "bring enough troops," while participants in a recent think tank "lessons learned" event on Ukraine conclude that "the West ... ought to be more proactive

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Johan Bergenas quoted in The National on recent sanctions against Pangates International Corporation

July 16, 2014

Johan Bergenas, an Abu Dhabi security expert and deputy director of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Centre think tank, said that the Middle East had been the site of a wide range of illicit proliferation activities through front companies that provided

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s op-ed on Brazil in the aftermath of the World Cup published in The Hill

July 15, 2014

Two routs of Brazil in one week, first with the German soccer team and then with the Dutch, can only be viewed as a metaphor for the limits of soft power. The final blow this past Saturday was the Netherlands team trouncing Brazil in a poorly defended game, and a palpable sense of

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Stimson’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in The Hill

July 15, 2014

Should the U.S. use an expanded campaign of drone strikes in Iraq to help push back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)? Among the many issues this question raises is the practical one: Are they effective in reducing attacks?

On the surface it would seem that they are, in that

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Defense News on the export of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

July 14, 2014

For years, the United States has maintained a technological edge in the world of unmanned systems. But with more nations taking the plunge on indigenous drone capabilities, industry and experts alike are looking to the US government to change a longstanding policy that

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Owen McAleer’s briefing on climate change driven conflict in the Niger River Basin published in WPR

July 14, 2014

West Africa's Niger River Basin has been the location of many high-profile conflicts in recent years, including the decades-long violence in the river's delta region and the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, and another Islamist insurgency in neighboring Mali. However, another form

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Stimson’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in Toronto Star Editorial

July 14, 2014

To those living under their shadow, drones are sci-fi killers, shooting hellfire from the skies and making people prisoners in their own homes. To the United States government, which uses them to fight terrorism in dangerous areas of Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, they're

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Sofía Sebastián’s op-ed on resurgent ethnic tensions in Bosnia published in CNN World

July 11, 2014

The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States' and Europe's attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian War, political divisions between the three major ethnic groups continue to

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on Japanese development assistance in Vietnam

July 11, 2014

It is obvious that Japan is trying to win as many friends as possible to counter, and perhaps isolate China, analysts say.

"Japan's actions are understandable, since all claimant countries suffer from Chinese assertiveness," said Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the

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BFAD report on Overseas Contingency Operations request cited in Gordon Adams’ Foreign Policy op-ed

July 10, 2014

Everybody fiddles with their budget from time to time. How will we pay for the new car? Or that summer spike in the gas bill? What about that unanticipated bail expense, from before Colorado legalized pot? Even federal agencies do the same thing. What about that extra expense for

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