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Rachel Stohl quoted in Vice on the foreign sale of military drones

February 19, 2015

The United States has codified how it wants to export drone warfare to the rest of the world.

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Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the nonpartisan Stimson Center think tank, notes that the new rules ironically impose stronger requirements on foreign governments than the US

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Michael Krepon’s column in Arms Control Wonk on “Discriminate Deterrence”

February 19, 2015

One paradox of nuclear deterrence has always been that whatever utility the Bomb provides is lost once the nuclear threshold is crossed, however large or small the boom. There is no bigger blunderbuss than a nuclear weapon atop a long-range missile. Smaller-yield message-senders have

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Yun Sun quoted in Financial Times on regional security in northern Myanmar

February 19, 2015

Tens of thousands of refugees crossing into China to flee renewed fighting in northern Myanmar risk catapulting Beijing into the country’s fractious political scene as it gears up for national elections late this year.

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“For China, the strategic importance of Burma

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Yun Sun quoted in the Diplomat on China and security in northern Myanmar

February 19, 2015

Clashes between Myanmar’s army and armed rebels in the northern border region is endangering the lives of civilians in the area and causing an influx of refugees into China. The current round of fighting, which has been ongoing for nearly 10 days, has displaced tens of thousands of

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Stimson report cited in The Diplomat

February 18, 2015

The United States will authorize for the first time the export of armed drones to allied nations, according to media reports. The new policy has been announced this Tuesday. The exact rules will remain classified but, according to Reuters, requests by foreign governments will be

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Yun Sun’s op-ed in Irrawaddy on the Kokang Conflict

February 18, 2015

One week before the Chinese New Year, the former leader of the ethnic Kokang National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Peng Jiasheng, launched ferocious attacks on the government military in Kokang. Peng was driven out of power during the Kokang Incident in 2009 and has since

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Elizabeth Chalecki’s op-ed in DC Geoconsortium on geo-engineering technologies

February 18, 2015

The National Academy of Sciences framed geo-engineering technologies as a “last-ditch response option” in their recent report. If the negative effects of climate change, the rising air temperatures, the changing precipitation, the prevalence of extreme weather events, and the rising

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Bloomberg on the sale of armed drones

February 18, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. has approved its first policy for selling armed drones to allies, the State Department said.

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“I like these principles for proper use in terms of establishing global norms and setting an important precedent,” said Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Foreign Policy on arms trade

February 18, 2015

Late last year, 90-some countries that signed a brand-new treatyregulating how countries should transfer weapons across borders met in Berlin, where dozens of diplomats started hashing out the details of how the new agreement will work. One country was conspicuously absent: the

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Geneive Abdo and Lulwa Rizkallah’s op-ed in The National Interest on the attack in Lebanon

February 12, 2015

The attack occurred two days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech accusing the al Nusra Front of being linked with Israel. It would not be far-fetched to interpret this Nusra Front attack as a direct response to Nasrallah’s statements and to Hezbollah’s deep

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Gordon Adams’ op-ed in Foreign Policy on the Defense Budget

February 12, 2015

Most presidential budgets are for show, though, at the very least, they offer a glimpse into how the chief executive would arrange the world of the executive branch … if he were God. The fiscal year 2016 budget request that President Barack Obama sent up (to Congress, not Heaven) on

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Yun Sun quoted in Sputnik International on China and the Islamic State

February 11, 2015

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — As the United States looks to bolster the anti-Islamic State coalition with potential allies in Asia, the largest player in the region, China, is unlikely to join, experts told Sputnik on Tuesday.

 

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"China's willingness to contribute

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Stimson event on global justice, security and governance

February 11, 2015

On Friday, 6 February, at a side event to the Munich Security Conference, The Hague Institute and The Stimson Center convened a panel discussion on “Fragile States and the Fault-Lines of Global Security and Justice” in support of the work of the Commission on Global Security Justice

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Lincoln Bloomfield in Washington Times on US Embassy in Yemen

February 11, 2015

The United States is shuttering the doors to the U.S. Embassy in Yemen and evacuating its diplomats following a violent uprising of Shia Houthi rebels that led to the resignation of the nation’s president.

 

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Had those al Qaeda attackers been able to penetrate the embassy wall,

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Michael Krepon’s column in Arms Control Wonk on UNSS

February 11, 2015

U.S. National Security Strategy reports, like the one issued by President Barack Obama on February 6th, are quickly forgotten. They do, however, provide useful temperature-taking devices. Compare, for example, the National Security Strategy report released by the George W. Bush

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Yun Sun’s op-ed in Daily Maverick on China’s trade with African countries

February 11, 2015

According to a recent John L. Thornton China Centre/Africa Growth Initiative Paper by Yun Sun, a fellow at the East Asia Program of the Henry L. Stimson Center, in 2009, China had surpassed the US as Africa’s leading trading partner.

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Johan Bergenas quoted in Washington Examiner on the Islamic State

February 09, 2015

President Obama’s national security strategy, unveiled Friday, outlined no change in strategy for dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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“It's definitely a stay-the-course approach because a long-term strategy with sustained military and economic tools is what's

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Johan Bergenas quoted in US News and World report on US National Security Strategy

February 09, 2015

Anyone looking for specific direction on what the U.S. government hopes to achieve abroad, and how it plans to achieve it, likely won't receive any more clarity as of Friday.

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“It’s not a political document, it’s a strategic document that reflects a broader strategy of smart

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Ellen Laipson quoted in Diplomatic Courier on Syria’s leaders

February 09, 2015

 

 

Although Iran has claimed that the aims of its nuclear program are peaceful, these statements have not been viewed as credible in the West. These fears worsened in 2012 after reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Iran was producing uranium

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Barry Blechman’s Op-ed in Roll Call on nuclear visions and budgets

February 09, 2015

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request continues the political gamesmanship that has plagued the U.S. government for five years. Exceeding legislated budget caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary spending by $75 billion, the president is show- boating for his

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