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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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Gordon Adams quoted in Newsmax on the new Republican congress

November 05, 2014

After the election drubbing suffered by his Democrats, President Barack Obama will face a Republican-controlled Congress critical of his foreign policy -- and which could rebel against any eventual Iran nuclear accord.

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Lawmakers "might try to pass something that increases

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Stimson drones report cited in Prop [Slavic]

November 05, 2014

Tento systém je veľmi rýchly, veľmi presný a pracuje s malým hlukom. Ako oznámila štátna čínska spravodajská agentúra Xinhua, zbraňový systém je zostrojený na to, aby ničil neozbrojené malé drony, ktoré lietajú vo výškach pod 500 metrov a rýchlosťou menej ako 50 metrov za

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Ellen Laipson’s blog featured in Fikra Forum on Tunisia’s path to a new order

November 04, 2014

International observers have praised Tunisia’s October 26 elections as a remarkable achievement. The turnout – over 60 percent – was higher than anticipated, both citizens and the security forces behaved well, and the Ennahda Party conceded victory to their rival, Nidaa Tounes, early

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on Reagan, Gorbachev and Reykjavik

November 04, 2014

(Note to readers: This is the second half of a review of Ken Adelman’s Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold WarThis review will also appear in The Nonproliferation Review. The first half appears here.)

Ronald Reagan, the unreconstructed Cold Warrior and

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The Challenges of Chemical Weapons Proliferation and Use event promoted in Roll Call

November 03, 2014

Amb. Robert Mikulak, permanent U.S. representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, joins others at the Stimson Center to discuss the challenges surrounding chemical weapon proliferation.

To see more events click here.

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Arctic Commercial Shipping and the Strategic Significance of the Northern Sea Route report cited

November 02, 2014

Oceanic shipping through the Arctic Circle isn’t likely to have much impact on global transport and investments in harbors, including the deepening of the Port of Savannah, a new report suggests.

There has been plenty of buzz about whether shipping along the fabled Northwest Passage

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Stimson Center Drones Policy Report and Recommendations cited in Times Union

October 31, 2014

Last year I saw the powerful play by George Brant, GROUNDED, in New York City and suddenly understood that even though the pilots of American drones “fly” the planes from desks in the US, they too can become victims of drone warfare. I’m excited that this much acclaimed play is now

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Stimson’s Escalating Shi’a-Sunni Conflict event reviewed in POMED

October 29, 2014

The Stimson Center’s Middle East Program hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Stimson Center office in Washington on the role of state actors in creating, perpetuating, and exacerbating underlying causes of sectarianism between Shi’a and Sunni

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Rachel Stohl Selected as One of 50celebrating50 Campaign on the Arms Trade Treaty

October 28, 2014

Rachel Stohl, senior associate with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center, was selected as one of the 50 heads of governments, public figures, U.N. officials, and non-governmental experts to celebrate the 50th ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade

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Stimson Center cited in Huffington Post on poaching

October 27, 2014

With everything else going on in the world right now you might ask why I am writing a blog post about elephants and rhinos. It's because despite everything else filling the news, elephant and rhino poaching is a crisis that needs to be addressed right now. So what is going on and

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on East Sea dispute

October 27, 2014

Hanoi and Beijing have pledged to try and get their bilateral ties back on an even keel after China’s placing of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters sparked off deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam a few months ago.

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“Given all that has happened in the [East] Sea this year, Beijing
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