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.


“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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Yun Sun quoted in AsiaOne on concerns over China-led infrastructure bank

August 31, 2014

The United States has raised concerns with China over its recently proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), questioning whether the lender would ensure that its projects meet global standards for good governance and environmental protection.


Said Ms Yun Sun, a

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Bloomberg on Abe’s policy on women working

August 31, 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a struggle to find enough female politicians to meet his own target on promoting women in a cabinet shakeup this week that will also expand the defense and security portfolio.


“If he can’t increase the number of women in his cabinet, it looks

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Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project Information Sheet cited in World Mic

August 30, 2014

The news: Extremists flying the banner of the Islamic State have some serious hardware, ranging from captured Iraqi munitions to armored Humvees originally purchased by the United States. But one item recovered from an IS safehouse by moderate rebels contains instructions to create

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Brian Finlay quoted in Tampa Bay Times on use of tear gas

August 29, 2014

Law enforcement officers in Ferguson, Mo., used tear gas extensively in the wake of the police-shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed African-American. The conflict in Ferguson led one PolitiFact reader to ask us to check the accuracy of a social-media meme now

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Rachel Stohl’s op-ed on the need for a global response to the arms trade published in ISN Zurich

August 21, 2014

On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine. While the specific details of the crash remain unclear, it is believed that the commercial airliner was struck by a surface-to-air antiaircraft missile of Russian origin, presumably fired

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James McKeon’s op-ed on the prospect of nuclear disarmament in an independent Scotland

August 20, 2014

On September 18, the residents of Scotland will determine whether to remain in the United Kingdom or become independent for the first time since 1707. On the surface, this referendum seems to only affect those living in the United Kingdom, but a more detailed look reveals an issue

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VIDEO: Yuki Tatsumi joins a C-SPAN panel on South Korea-Japan issues

August 19, 2014

AUGUST 19, 2014

South Korea-Japan Issues

Panelists talked about some of the unresolved historical issues between South Korea and Japan, including Japan's occupation of Korea from 1910-1945.

"South Korea-Japan Tensions Undermine Allied Security Interests" was a panel of the Heritage

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s column marking 100 years of the Panama Canal published in VOXXI

August 18, 2014

One hundred years after the opening of the Panama Canal, the waterway is again the subject of a new controversy as Chinese investors seek to create an alternate path between the seas through Nicaragua.

Ironically, the original 1897 plans to construct this path between the seas were

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