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Alan Romberg quoted in The Diplomat on the prospect of reevaluating US-DPRK relations

August 18, 2014

A few weeks back, at a time when the minds of most foreign affairs watchers in D.C. were on conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, the State Department's two top diplomats in charge of North Korea policy, Glyn Davies and Robert King, testified in front of the House Foreign

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Gerson Sher’s letter in Science Magazine on “Science diplomacy and beyond”

August 14, 2014

I READ WITH interest and sympathy the Editorial “Warming U.S.-Russia relations” (C. A. Campbell, 20 June, p. 1323). I agree about the importance of science diplomacy, an endeavor to which I devoted over 40 years of my career in both the public and nonprofit sectors, specifically in

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Michael Krepon’s column on responding to Russian treaty violations published in Arms Control Wonk

August 11, 2014

Gray-haired readers of ACW will remember when the acronym RSVP was treaty-related. During the first term of the Reagan administration, arms-control opponents compiled a long list of the Kremlin's treaty violations and circumventions, real or imagined. They then commissioned studies

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Yun Sun quoted in The Myanmar Times on rising tensions in the South China Sea

August 10, 2014

"Myanmar officials have vowed privately to avoid another 'Cambodia incident'," said Yun Sun, a fellow with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

"But at the same time, they also made it clear that it will not allow Vietnam and Philippines to turn ASEAN into

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Richard Cronin named to the DOS Lower Mekong Initiative Eminent and Expert Persons Group

August 09, 2014

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

August 9, 2014

On August 9, 2014, Secretary John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong partner countries launched the LMI Eminent and Expert Persons Group at the LMI Ministerial Meeting. As a first priority,

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Johan Bergenas quoted in The Atlantic on the war against poaching

August 08, 2014

Johan Bergenas, a researcher at the Stimson Center, a D.C.-based think tank, has been a particularly vocal advocate for combating a "new threat in the terrorist hotbed of Africa." He urges conservation groups to "combat poaching, using new and inexpensive technologies to detect and

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on China’s refusal to plan for potential DPRK collapse published The Straits Times

August 08, 2014

Since Kim Jong Un became the supreme leader of North Korea in late 2011, and especially after Pyongyang undertook nuclear and long-range missile testing in 2012 and 2013, planning for North Korea contingencies (possible political turmoil and collapse) has become a popular theme for

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on American and Chinese trade interests in Africa published in The Hill

August 05, 2014

On Aug. 4, President Obama welcomed leaders from across the African continent to Washington for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. One major topic of discussion, in addition to the political and security issues, will inevitably be how to enhance U.S.-Africa economic

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Michael Krepon’s op-ed on the “myth” of nuclear deterrence stability published in Dawn

August 04, 2014

Thomas Schelling, one of the founding fathers of nuclear strategy, wrote that the essence of deterrence was the threat that left something to chance. Nuclear threats were supposed to prevent bad outcomes. If deterrence failed, there would be worse outcomes.

There were other paradoxes

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Yun Sun quoted in Reuters on the implications of Japan’s offer of six naval vessels to Vietnam

August 04, 2014

Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the South China Sea, Japan's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of a strengthening of alliances between states locked in maritime rows with China.

The used vessels, worth 500 million

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Alan Romberg interviewed for Taiwan Security Research

August 04, 2014

Rather than airing internal differences over a proposed freeze of the DPP charter's independence clause at the July 20th DPP National Party Congress, Tsai Ing-wen sent the freeze proposal to the party's Central Executive Committee for consideration. Taiwan Security Research's

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Yun Sun quoted in The Diplomat on the prospect of a defensive alliance between Vietnam and the US

August 04, 2014

The recent tactical withdrawal of a giant Chinese oil rig from waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi does not herald a change in China's strategy of staking out claims in large swaths of the South China Sea that have bedeviled the two ideologically communist allies over the past

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Michael Krepon’s column on recent deadlock in Pak-India relations published in Arms Control Wonk

August 01, 2014

Pakistan is ramping up fissile material production capabilities for military purposes while vetoing a fissile material cut-off treaty negotiation at the Conference on Disarmament. India is also increasing production capacity, but the FMCT's problems extend well beyond these two

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Yun Sun quoted in the BBC on rising maritime tensions in the South China Sea

August 01, 2014

Vietnam's Thanh Nien News quoted China security policy expert Yun Sun as saying Japan's gift could be seen as an "alignment of positions" with Vietnam that is "perceived as hostility by China".

It comes after the Philippines, which is also locked in territorial disputes with China,

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Russell Rumbaugh and Barry Blechman’s op-ed on USAF strategic agility published in Breaking Defense

July 30, 2014

The myriad of conflicts raging worldwide right now would pose a challenge to any defense strategy. From Russian aggression in Ukraine and China's belligerence in contested waters to a particularly violent flaring of the Israel-Palestine conflict and Iraq's internal chaos, these

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s op-ed on Haiti’s ongoing earthquake recovery published in Foreign Policy

July 30, 2014

On the afternoon of January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Shoddy construction compounded the scale of the devastation; many buildings collapsed on their occupants. Government figures put the dead at over 300,000, with as

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Op-ed by Owen McAleer and Ricky Passarelli published in “Bridges” for OSTA

July 30, 2014

With the release of the newest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and US National Climate assessments, the threats from climate change are in the headlines more than ever. While the broad projections of these reports are bleak, perhaps the most tangible threats are

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Geneive Abdo’s op-ed on what some fear an Iran deal could mean

July 29, 2014

BEIRUT—The extension of nuclear negotiations between Shi’a Iran and world powers over Tehran’s illicit nuclear program and the prospect of a permanent deal are fueling fear among Sunni naysayers that extends far beyond nukes. A thawing of relations with the West through continued

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Stimson’s Indian Ocean report cited in Bloomberg Businessweek

July 29, 2014

Japan’s Sasebo naval base this month saw unusual variety in vessel traffic that’s typically dominated by Japanese and U.S. warships. An Indian frigate and destroyer docked en route to joint exercises in the western Pacific.

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Japan’s involvement in Malabar underscores its

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Richard Cronin quoted in La Tercera (Chile) on the Mekong River crisis [Spanish]

July 28, 2014

Un amigo le avisó de madrugada a Den Kroloong que el río se había llevado su bote, en diciembre. Como pescador experimentado, lo había dejado atado en la ribera del Mekong, en el norte de Tailandia.

Diciembre es la temporada seca en la región, con las aguas del río normalmente tan

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