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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on Vietnam’s East Sea disputes with China

July 02, 2014

"When you talk about 'all necessary measures', people's first reaction is military measures. Given China's stronger naval forces, I don't think China would see Vietnamese military actions as a major threat," Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Washington-based think

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Michael Krepon’s column on U.S. drone policy published in Arms Control Wonk

July 02, 2014

Horse cavalry gave way mechanized warfare, and tank armies are giving way to drone warfare. Drones flourish where national sovereignty is weak and international borders are extremely permeable. Since it's not a good idea for Washington to set precedents it does not want others to

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s column on Chilean President Michelle Bachelet published in Voxxi

July 02, 2014

What is immediately apparent when you meet Bachelet is a warmth and sense of humanity that captures even the most serious audience of Washington policymakers. She smiles and laughs easily.

This is a woman who delayed her departure to Washington for her first official meeting with

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The New York Times: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's embrace of targeted killings using armed drones risks putting the United States on a "slippery slope" into perpetual war and sets a dangerous precedent for lethal operations that other countries might adopt in the future, according to a report

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Wall Street Journal: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON-A panel of former national security officials issued a strong critique of President Barack Obama's drone policy Thursday, in a report certain to fuel the debate over the administration's counterterrorism program after officials this week detailed the legal rationale for

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The Washington Post: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

Targeted drone strikes have become a centerpiece of the Obama administration's counterterrorism policy, but a new report issued by a bipartisan panel of former intelligence and defense officials has concluded the approach constitutes a "slippery slope" toward a state of never-ending

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Rachel Stohl quoted in the Washington Post on CAR’s iTrace weapons tracking system

June 25, 2014

Rachel Stohl, a senior associate with the Stimson Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiatives who specializes in international arms trade, emphasized the need for programs like iTrace. Such tools - and preventive measures - can be used to reduce the likelihood of another

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Alan Romberg’s op-ed on Chinese diplomat’s visit to Taiwan published in The Hill

June 25, 2014

The director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, will visit Taiwan this week. He is the most senior People's Republic of China (PRC) official to visit the island since Chiang Kai-shek fled there in 1949, and he comes to reciprocate a visit by his Taiwan counterpart, Wang

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Alan Romberg quoted in the Associated Press on senior Chinese minister’s visit to Taiwan

June 25, 2014

But the lack of big protests doesn't mean that more Taiwanese want closer ties with China, analysts say.

"The best one could say is that a muting of protests would reflect a maturing of attitudes in Taiwan, and a greater willingness to listen and to express concerns in a less

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Johan Bergenas quoted in The National on WMD proliferation in the Middle East

June 24, 2014

"Iran's nuclear programme and the conflict in Syria, especially in light of the use of WMD, in many cases dominate and define the security dialogue in the Middle East," said Johan Bergenas, an Abu Dhabi security expert and deputy director of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative

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Allen Moore’s report on global responses to issues of mental health published in Science & Diplomacy

June 24, 2014

When a person collapses in public, strangers rush to help. When a person manifests symptoms of mental illness in public, strangers look away or cross the street. Sadly, this all-to-common response by individuals could be a metaphor for official policy in much of the world. Most

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Brian Finlay’s op-ed on public-private cooperation in global security published in ISN Zurich

June 23, 2014

Last July, a North Korean-flagged bulk carrier steamed through the Caribbean Sea en route to Wonson, DPRK, via the Panama Canal. Queuing at the Manzanillo International Terminal, Panamanian officials seized the ship on reports that it was transporting illegal drugs. They found much

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Stimson’s South Asia program hosted a workshop on “Deterrence Stability in South Asia.”

June 20, 2014

On June 18-20, Stimson's South Asia program hosted a workshop on "Deterrence Stability in South Asia" with the Carnegie Endowment, in Istanbul. During the workshop 18 rising analysts from India and Pakistan assessed challenges to deterrence stability and developed strategies for

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Ellen Laipson quoted in The Daily Star on the choices facing Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki

June 20, 2014

Ellen Laipson, president of U.S.-based security firm Stimson, sees the possibility that the current crisis may even increase support for Maliki in some quarters.

"There's a paradox right now that he might have a surge of strength," she said, at this time of a "genuine

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Yun Sun quoted in UPI on China’s deployment of a second oil rig in disputed waters

June 20, 2014

Yun Sun, a Chinese security analyst at Washington think tank Stimson Center, told Vietnam's Thanh Nien News the timing of the second rig's deployment was deliberate.

"The decision certainly suggests China's unwillingness to abandon its coercive approach," she said in an interview

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Yun Sun quoted in Eurasia Review on top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi’s visit to Hanoi

June 18, 2014

Yun Sun, an expert with the Washington-based Stimson Center, told RFA that China likely aims to discuss ways of decreasing tensions in the region and how the two sides might avoid confrontations in the future.

"China does try to at least present an image of a China willing to talk

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Joshua White’s review of “Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers” published in Arms Control Today

June 18, 2014

Since the earliest days following the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan in 1998, policymakers in the United States and Europe have struggled to envision a realistic path by which Pakistan might achieve some measure of nuclear normalization. Perhaps unexpectedly, the

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on intensifying maritime disputes in the South China Sea

June 17, 2014

"The US is committed as we can see from statements from Washington. The question is, would 'commitment rhetoric' stop China?" Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Washington-based think tank Stimson Center, told Thanh Nien News. "I personally don't think so. China is

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Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh’s op-ed on tactical nukes in Europe published in Foreign Affairs

June 17, 2014

In 1991, U.S. President George H. W. Bush decided to retire almost all the tactical nuclear weapons operated by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. His reasons were simple: these short-range weapons were militarily useless and imposed significant burdens on the armed forces in terms of

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in Defense News on the future of the A-10 jet

June 17, 2014

Keeping the A-10 requires an offset if Congress sticks with its capped budget, said Russell Rumbaugh, a defense analyst at the Stimson Center in Washington. But that doesn't mean the Air Force is afraid of pushing political buttons like the CRH, which they know remain popular on the

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