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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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Yun Sun’s op-ed on the effects of US energy independence on China is published in The Hill

March 21, 2014

US energy independence: Disaster or blessing for China?

With revolutionary shale gas and shale oil technologies, the US is, as President Obama said in his State of the Union address in January 2014, closer to energy independence than ever. How such independence affects China has

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Russell Rumbaugh’s commentary on military readiness is published by Council On Foreign Relations

March 20, 2014

An Un-Hollow Force: Readiness in the FY15 Budget Request

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

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Gerson Sher is quoted in The Globe and Mail on the Crimea crisis and Iran’s nuclear program

March 19, 2014

Crimea crisis clouds Iran nuclear talks

The crisis in Crimea cast a shadow Tuesday over another important international impasse: the talks in Vienna aimed at an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities.

The negotiations between Iran and six world powers came just hours after

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Russell Rumbaugh is quoted in Defense News on Special Ops training of foreign troops

March 19, 2014

In Game of Strategy, SOCOM Outsmarting Conventional Military

Of the three primary missions the Defense Department expects to tackle in the coming decade - protect the homeland, work with allies to increase global security, and prepare for a major conflict - at least one is being

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Gordon Adams is quoted in Defense News on DoD’s $26 Billion extra budget request

March 18, 2014

DoD's Extra $26 Billion Fund a 'Long Shot'

WASHINGTON - The White House has yet to send the US Congress a line-by-line breakdown of its fiscal 2015 $56 billion Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative (OGSI) - of which $26 billion is earmarked for the Pentagon. But Congress'

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Gordon Adams’ column on caused conflicts by Russia is published in Foreign Policy

March 18, 2014

Don't Poke the Russian Bear

American policymakers don't get it; the politicians don't get it; Fox News certainly doesn't get it; the advocates for various flavors and colors of democracy don't get it. And in not getting it, they are pushing the United States down the road to

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Gordon Admas is quoted in Defense News on the Pentagon budget bill

March 14, 2014

Rep. Visclosky: 'Impossible' To Move Pentagon Spending Bill With Only OCO 'Placeholder'

WASHINGTON - A key US House member warned Thursday the Obama administration's withholding of a war-funding request could hinder passage of the chamber's 2015 military spending bill.

Rep. Pete

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Russell Rumbaugh is quoted in Inside Defense on the Pentagon modernization spending

March 14, 2014

New Weapons Spending Holds 'Steady' Across Latest Five-Year Spending Plan

March 12, 2014 The Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 budget plan forecasts weapon system modernization spending to grow over five years from $153.4 billion to $188.7 billion, according to newly released budget

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Gordon Adams, Russell Rumbaugh are quoted in National Defense on domestic politics and DoD budget

March 13, 2014

Pentagon Push for More Money Looks Like a Losing War

The Pentagon's budget request for next fiscal year has been slammed for being awkward, confusing and in violation of the law.

Pundits' sneering aside, the only opinions that matter to the Defense Department are those of

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Russell Rumbaugh interviewed on Federal News Radio on readiness and DoD budget cuts (audio)

March 13, 2014

In Depth Show Blog

Critics of the new budget request say the Army is a big loser and readiness will take a big budget hit. But not everyone agrees the White House's numbers are bad for readiness and the Army. Russell Rumbaugh is director of Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense

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Bill Durch and Jim Schear’s op-ed on peacekeeping in West Bank is published in Foreign Policy

March 12, 2014

Boots on the Ground

Will U.S. peacekeepers be heading to the West Bank?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently stirred controversy when he suggested that a U.S.-led NATO force might backfill Israeli soldiers as they withdraw from Palestinian areas under a two-state peace

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Russell Rumbaugh’s analysis on the 2015 defense budget is highlighted in Foreign Policy

March 11, 2014

FP's Situation Report

Meanwhile, Stimson's Russell Rumbaugh posts an analysis of the new defense budget, arguing that it does in fact "prioritize readiness" despite fears of a hollow force and that, despite what everyone thinks, the Army does just fine in this budget.

To read the

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Russell Rumbaugh’s analysis on the 2015 DoD defense budget is highlighted in Politico

March 11, 2014

Morning Defense

MORE MONEY DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN A MORE READY FORCE, writes The Stimson Center's Russell Rumbaugh: "Though the specter of a hollow force has been raised, this year's president's budget clearly sides on readiness and should dismiss fears of a hollow force," Rumbaugh

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Richard Cronin and Yun Sun are quoted in Voice Of America on Chinese dam construction (audio)

March 11, 2014

Dams Under Debate in China, Burma and Elsewhere

Welcome back. I'm Caty Weaver.

Today on the show: concerns and disputes about dam building projects in Asia.

A major environmental group is worried about possible harm from a dam planned in Laos on the Mekong River. The dam would

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Gordon Adams is quoted in Al Jazeera on US military spending cuts

March 10, 2014

Analysis: Trimming US military might

With tensions running high between the US and Russia over the latter's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has advised his Russian counterparts to be cautious.

"Let's keep the tensions down,

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David Michel is quoted in The Guardian on serious air pollution in Iran

March 10, 2014

Iran's government steps up efforts to tackle pollution

This winter, as the smoke of around 4.2 million car exhausts settled over the city, pension-age Ali wheeled his pushcart onto a congested roundabout in south Tehran's Shoosh Square and pulled a blackened surgical mask over his

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Stimson event is featured in National Iranian American Council on Hassan Rouhani’s presidency

March 10, 2014

Rouhani Faces Increasing Challenges on the Domestic Front

Washington, DC - Even as Iran's moderate president negotiates with the West after eight years of conservative rule, hardliners in the country have escalated human rights abuses in part to undermine moderates, according to the

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Yun Sun and Hana Rudolph’s op-ed on Russia and China on disputed islands is published in Defense One

March 07, 2014

Why Russia and China Won't Join Forces Over Disputed Islands

On the sidelines of the Sochi Olympics, speculation brewed saying that China and Russia might enter into an agreement regarding their territorial disputes with Japan. Russian President Vladimir Putin's summit meetings with

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