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Ellen Laipson quoted in Bloomberg View on Iranian behavior after the deal

July 31, 2015

The intelligence assessment provided to Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal has a hole: It fails to examine the intentions of Iran's regime to actually comply with the agreement over time.

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Ellen Laipson, a former vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, told me

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Op-ed by Julia Thompson in The National Interest on deteriorating India-Pakistan relations

July 30, 2015

The ceasefire agreement reached between India and Pakistan in November 2003 is now unrecognizable, with firing growing steadily since late 2012. Monday's attack on a police station in the Punjabi town of Gurdaspur, signals a new uptick in violence. The Pakistani press has blamed

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Op-ed by Ellen Laipson in World Politics Review on think tank’s role in shaping U.S. policy

July 28, 2015

Washington is in full gear for an intense 60-day debate over the Iran nuclear deal, and one important feature of the discussion is the contributions made by diverse civil society organizations. It's one of those moments where information and analysis are in high demand, highlighting

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon in Arms Control Wonk on Republican support for the Iran nuclear deal

July 27, 2015

How much has the Republican Party on Capitol Hill lost its equilibrium? Just hear the histrionics about the Iran deal - a deal which has the unanimous support of the UN Security Council and every U.S. ally and friend around the world save one: the Government of Israel. A deal that

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Japan News on the future of Japan’s national security policy

July 25, 2015

With Japan's House of Representatives passing a legislative package that is critical for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's national security agenda, the bills now go to the House of Councillors for consideration and a vote. There is little doubt that the bills will be enacted by the end of

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Op-ed by Matthew Leatherman in the Watertown Daily Times on education’s role in the Army

July 25, 2015

Military family forums rarely make news.

Yet an idea raised by Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army's chief of staff, at a 2013 family forum is likely to resurface soon with the potential to ripple across the U.S. economy. Elected officials "better start paying attention to the

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette on Japanese military division

July 25, 2015

For the first time in 70 years, Japan, a pacifist nation, will send its soldiers to fight overseas.

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But, as Yuki Tatsumi of the Stimson Center warns, "The division within Japan will remain long after the legislation is enacted, and is likely to come back to haunt the Japanese

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Op-ed by Yun Sun in The Irrawaddy on Chinese interference in Burma illegal logging case

July 25, 2015

On Wednesday, the news that Burma had sentenced 153 illegal loggers from China to life imprisonment was splashed across Chinese media. The Chinese Embassy in Rangoon verified on the same day that the actual sentence was 20 years in prison, but launched "solemn" representations over

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Interview with Laicie Heeley on Ring of Fire on the Iranian nuclear deal

July 24, 2015

Last week, history was made when the United States announced that we had reached an agreement with Iran - along with five of our allies - to end economic sanctions against the country in exchange for Iran agreeing to scale down their nuclear capabilities. The deal has been attacked

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Chairman Lincoln Bloomfield Jr. interviewed by Fox Business on the Iran deal

July 24, 2015

Former Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield on Saudi Arabia's concerns over the Iran nuclear deal.

To watch the full interview click here.

 

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on US-Japan alliance

July 24, 2015

Between July 12-19, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, the Japan Self-Defense Forces' (JSDF) chief of Joint Staff, visited the United States at the official invitation of his U.S. counterpart, General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his stay, he visited U.S.

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Yun Sun quoted in China Daily USA on China’s role in the AIIB

July 24, 2015

The "father" of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank said he was motivated by three factors in bringing the concept to reality.

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Sun Yun, a Chinese foreign policy expert, said that the AIIB has evolved in response to international input.

"AIIB provides us with an

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Alan Romberg quoted in CRNTT Hong Kong on the Taiwan issue (Chinese)

July 24, 2015

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Ellen Laipson interviewed at the Aspen Security Forum on “Iran & the Bomb”

July 23, 2015

Is there still time to prevent Tehran from going nuclear? This panel addresses the threat of a nuclear Iran along with other security threats of a similar game changing nature and how best to counter them.

Watch the full "Iran & the Bomb" discussion here

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Johan Bergenas quoted in PRI on Kenyan anti-poaching initiatives

July 21, 2015

Winding up a hill in southern Kenya, a tracker dog is guided by a scent - past thorned bushes and through brush.

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"Their insurances, their connections, their income is so large that it should probably take some time to really try to squeeze these guys to make this law a

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Michael Krepon interviewed in KCRW on Congress’ Iran vote

July 20, 2015

Listen to the full interview here

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon in the Arms Control Wonk on Congress & the Iran deal

July 20, 2015

A "free" vote on Capitol Hill is one without negative consequences. Republicans and Democrats can line up with party activists and showboat without risk because they will be unsuccessful. Hard decisions can be sidestepped and political posturing is easy when negative consequences are

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon & Melanie Campbell in The National Interest

July 20, 2015

The United Nations Security Council votes on Monday [July 17] on the Iranian nuclear limitation agreement. The timing of this resolution-well before the Congress votes up or down in mid-September- has been met with a wave of indignation on Capitol Hill.

Some Democrats have joined

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Stimson’s “Drone Task Force Report” cited in the Washington Examiner

July 20, 2015

The United States has a problem unique to history's greatest powers. Our wars are often too cheap. Air campaigns like the 2011 campaign in Libya, the ongoing one against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and the drone strikes that periodically target militants in Pakistan, Yemen,

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams & Richard Sokolsky in Lawfare on security assistance & governance - Part II

July 19, 2015

In the first part of this article, we suggested that the success of U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs would depend heavily on the extent to which they were embedded in a broader strategy to improve governance in recipient countries. Effective, efficient, accountable,

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