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Yuki Tatsumi’s column on Japan’s diplomatic strategy between US is published in The Japan News

April 01, 2014

YUKI'S TAKE: Abe must reestablish trust with Obama

On March 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a trilateral summit with US President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in The Hague. It did not lead to a breakthrough in the tension between Abe and Park. Nonetheless,

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Stimson study is cited in Huffington Post on the administration’s OCO proposal in DoD budget

April 01, 2014

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the FY2015 Pentagon budget within the caps established in law. This exercise in reality-based budgeting is a refreshing change from the

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Josua T. White’s op-ed on US-Pakistan relations is published in Foreign Policy

March 31, 2014

Pakistan and the United States: Frenemies Forever?

Following the annus horriblis of 2011, US-Pakistan relations are finally looking up. The strategic dialogue between the two countries has resumed with a realistic scope and calibrated expectations. The defense relationship is

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Alan Romberg is quoted in Yonhap News on last week’s meeting between leaders of the ROK and Japan

March 31, 2014

Time for Seoul, Tokyo to seize summit-made chance for improved ties: U.S. pundits

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Yonhap) -- A recent meeting between the leaders of South Korea and Japan has offered a glimmer of hope for improved relations between the neighboring nations, but it's still

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Michael Krepon’s commentary on the state of nuclear non-proliferation is published Arms Control Wonk

March 27, 2014

A Wobbly Nuclear Order

Five years ago, President Barack Obama was preparing to deliver a speech in Prague calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Nongovernmental organizations, including the Stimson Center, helped with blueprints for getting to zero, and distinguished

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Russell Rumbaugh’s commentary on military readiness is published in Defense One

March 25, 2014

The Myth Behind the Hollow Force

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 disconnect stems from blurring

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Alan Romberg is quoted in Los Angeles Times on Taiwanese students protest FTA with China

March 24, 2014

Taiwanese students protest trade pact with mainland China

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As students occupied Taiwan's legislative chamber Sunday for a sixth day to protest a free-trade agreement with China, President Ma Ying-jeou denounced the takeover as a threat to democracy.

Government

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Russell Sticklor’s op-ed on Asia in the future of Arctic development is published in The Diplomat

March 24, 2014

Japan, Korea, Singapore and the Arctic Sea Lanes

When the Arctic Council admitted a bevy of new official observer states to its ranks to great fanfare in May 2013, China and India's accession dominated the headlines. But three other key Asian nations - Japan, Singapore and South

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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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