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Joshua T White co-signs letter to John Kerry on Pakistan’s religious freedom

January 15, 2015

JOHN KERRY, the American secretary of state, has been in Pakistan over the past couple of days, on a tough assignment. He had to show the proper degree of sympathy over last month's terrible massacre of schoolchildren by the Pakistani Taliban, and urge his hosts to draw the logical

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on deterrence stability

January 15, 2015

What benefits are conferred by nuclear weapons? Do they provide status? Not like in the past. North Korea and Pakistan haven’t gained status by having the Bomb. Instead, they have become more worrisome countries. Do they alleviate security concerns? Possessing nuclear weapons against

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Matthew Leatherman’s op-ed in Breaking Defense on COCOM and military pay

January 14, 2015

Imagine a business that’s restructuring costs. The idea is to restrain employee compensation and free up money for operations and investment, thus allowing the company to grow. Everyone’s familiar with the surrounding debate: leaders spotlight the need for efficiency, and workers

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Yun Sun quoted in The Diplomat on the Kachin State

January 14, 2015

The Je Yang refugee camp is crawling with youngsters. Some run down the camp’s main dirt road in stained clothes rolling along old tires while others hang from tree branches or sit in windowsills. The elderly, looking pensive and forlorn, idle crouched in doorways while able-bodied

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Ellen Laipson in German Marshall Fund on Mediterranean affairs

January 13, 2015

From December 3-5, GMF held its 10th Mediterranean Strategy Group (MSG) meeting in Naples, Italy. The theme of this meeting was the evolving role of the U.S. in the Mediterranean, addressing topics such as trade and investment, regional security, and the outlook for transatlantic
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Stimson report cited in Commonweal Magazine

January 13, 2015

This past summer the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to global security, issued the report of its task force on U.S. drone policy. It makes for depressing reading. Among other things, the report concludes that although the American use of drones for targeted killing

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Joshua T White in War on the Rocks on South Asian regional affairs

January 13, 2015

Andrew Small of the German Marshall Fund, Stephen Tankel of American University and WOTR, and Joshua White of the Stimson Center joined Ryan Evans to talk about South and East Asian regional affairs, including the complex web of relations between Pakistan, China, India, and

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Michael Krepon quoted in The Economic Times on Pakistan as a safe haven for terrorists

January 12, 2015

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has expressed serious concern over Pakistan being a safe haven for terrorists while US experts said the country's approach towards terrorist groups operating in India and Afghanistan has not changed.

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Michael Krepon, Co-founder of the Stimson Center

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Michael Krepon quoted in The Washington Post on nuclear arms in Pakistan

January 12, 2015

 — 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.

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“The assurances Pakistan has given the world

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Alan D Romberg quoted in Forbes on China-Taiwan relations

January 09, 2015

It’s got a small, passably well-off population. It’s politically stable. And it doesn’t shape international relations. So Taiwan easily gets overlooked. Sometimes you look but don’t see much either, a chronic frustration with officials bent on more publicity. But the East Asian

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Yun Sun quoted in Asia One on Chinese diplomacy

January 09, 2015

BEIJING - Expect President Xi Jinping to use 2015 to mend fences with China's neighbours after two tension-filled years that saw Beijing launching an air defence zone and deploying an oil rig to stake its maritime claims, analysts say.

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"This priority originates from the

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Alan Romberg cited in CD News [Manderin]

January 08, 2015

馬英九總統8日下午會見美國哈佛大學“費正清中國研究中心”台灣研究小組召集人戈迪溫(Steven

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Johanna Mendelson Forman op-ed in The Hill on US-Mexico relations

January 08, 2015

More than Christmas, Three Kings Day on Jan. 6 is the holiday to celebrate if you come from Latin America. Starting in Mexico and going south, the holiday — the Dia de los Reyes Magos — commemorates the New Testament story in Matthew that describes the visit of three wise men to

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Stimson reports cited in ISN on nuclear terrorism in South Asia

January 07, 2015

Since India and Pakistan conducted their nuclear tests in 1998, every danger associated with nuclear weapons – proliferation, instability, and terrorism – has been linked to the region. And despite nuclear deterrence and the modernization of nuclear forces, South Asia is a far

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on US South Asia dialog

January 07, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry is headed for the subcontinent, where his most important messages will be delivered in private and his public remarks will be as bland as possible. That’s how the game is played. Don’t expect U.S. officials to say much in public about nuclear issues

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Barry Blechman quoted in Bloomberg on the Pentagon budget

January 07, 2015

The Obama administration foresees 21st century wars fought with fewer boots on the ground and more drones in the air, while the Pentagon continues buying weapons from the last century.

 

In his Feb. 12 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said America no longer

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Yun Sun quoted in the Diplomat on China’s influence in Myanmar

January 06, 2015

Mounting local opposition to Chinese-backed infrastructure projects in Myanmar over the past few months has again led to growing scrutiny on Beijing’s influence in the Southeast Asian state.

 

Trouble surfaced once more last month in the Letpadaung copper mine in northwest

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Geneive Abdo’s op-ed in the National Interest on Bahrain’s sectarian turmoil

December 31, 2014

Shortly after the parliamentary elections in Bahrain last month, security forces raided the home of the country’s premier Shi’a religious scholar and spiritual guide for the opposition, Issa Qassem, in an act considered sacrosanct in the Islamic tradition.

The government claimed that

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Stimson’s MRC report cited in Radio Free Asia on Don Sahong Dam

December 24, 2014

Formal construction on the much-criticized Don Sahong Dam in Laos will begin early next year, according to a Lao energy official, despite a host of concerns raised during an open consultation period with stakeholders.

The controversial dam is being built by Malaysia’s Mega First

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Matthew Leatherman quoted in Sputnik News on Obama’s apporoval rating

December 24, 2014

MOSCOW, December 24 (Sputnik) The results of the Military Times poll revealing that US President Barack Obama's disapproval rating among active duty military has increased to 55 percent, while his approval rating has plummeted to just 15%, reflecting a number of factors including

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