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Richard Cincotta quoted in Science Now on human population growth

October 27, 2014

An asteroid impact that wiped out hundreds of millions of people would barely slow down human population growth. That’s one of the surprising results of a new computer model, which still finds that there may be a couple of things we can do to keep our numbers in

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Op-ed by James Mckeon published in BASIC on US-UK Mutual Defense Agreement

October 27, 2014

“The great alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom is rooted in shared interests and shared values,” President Obama proclaimed with UK Prime Minister David Cameron by his side. “And it’s indispensable to global security and prosperity.” Indeed, the United Kingdom

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Gordon Adams quoted in the Hill on GOP’s ISIS-sequester link

October 26, 2014

Will automatic spending cuts known as the sequester hamper the U.S. effort against fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?

A growing number of congressional Republicans say the spending cuts, set to return next year, will threaten the fight against

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Stimson Center 25th anniversary gala cited in Kyodo News International

October 24, 2014

Former U.N. high commissioner for refugees Sadako Ogata was recognized Thursday for her contribution to strengthening global security by a major Washington think tank.

The Stimson Center bestowed the Pragmatist and Idealist Award upon Ogata, as well as Ashton Carter, a former U.S.

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Ellen Laipson’s blog in Fikra Forum on Tunisia’s democratic growing pains

October 23, 2014

From a distance, Tunisia’s upcoming elections appear to be a positive culmination of steady progress from the revolt of late 2010 to the establishment of a constitutional democracy. Tunisia is the last “Arab Spring” country standing, and its capacity to weather the challenges of

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on arms control and nuclear treaties

October 20, 2014

A standard hawkish critique of the practice of arms control and the pursuit of nuclear disarmament is that treaties pave the way to perdition. It’s senseless, in this view, to seek to override divergent national interests and political cultures. Arms control and reduction initiatives

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Alan Romberg’s Calm on the Surface, Paddling Like Hell Underneath cited in Herald Today [Chinese]

October 20, 2014

(本報訊)兩岸關係近來氣氛詭異,尤其在APEC馬習會確定落空之後,馬最近頗有「道不同不相為謀」的兩岸對抗味道。華府智庫「史汀生中心」(Stimson Center)

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Russell Rumbaugh article in National Defense University Press on combatant commanders

October 20, 2014

The U.S. military today fights jointly. A joint commander—reporting to the Secretary of Defense—commands all Service components during military operations. And as a key sign of this jointness, combatant commanders no longer come solely from a single Service as they once did. In fact,

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Trib Live on demand for commercial drones

October 20, 2014

Picture this: A major hurricane or earthquake strikes a U.S. city, resulting in millions of dollars in damage. Before insurance companies can settle claims for ruined cars and houses, they need damage assessments to calculate their payouts, but sending adjusters into a potentially

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Yun Sun op-ed in Asia Times on gas trade between Myanmar and China

October 14, 2014

Since the Sino-Myanmar natural gas pipeline commenced fuel deliveries in late July 2013, the 793-kilometer energy transportation route has operated well below its total capacity. The underutilization has resulted in an estimated annualized loss of 1.7 billion yuan (US$280 million)

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Ricky Passarelli letter to the editor in the Washington Post on using water for peace

October 12, 2014

The alarming use of water as a weapon by the Islamic State is sadly part of a greater trend: diminishing water resources as a source of manipulation and conflict [“For Islamic State, water is a weapon,” front page, Oct. 8].

In the Niger River Basin, where Boko Haram has gained

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Michael Krepon column in Arms Control Wonk on Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi

October 11, 2014

The recent trips to the United States by Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi provide ample evidence of India’s and Pakistan’s divergent trajectories. Nawaz arrived with no fanfare, a known commodity in familiar trouble back home. He delivered a lackluster speech at the

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien Daily on China building military airstrip on flashpoint island

October 09, 2014

Vietnam has yet again condemned China after the latter completed a runway for military aircraft on an island in the East Sea (the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea) over which Hanoi claims sovereignty.

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“The relatively low level of intensity of tension created by the
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Stimson Center cited in Defense World on the increase in Asian naval capability

October 09, 2014

In an interview with Defenseworld.net, Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events talks about the upcoming IMDEX 2015 and the return of two strategic conferences – the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) and the Asian edition of the prestigious International

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Joshua T. White op-ed cited in the Diplomat on the Afghan Army

October 08, 2014

A few curated defense and security links from around the Internet:

In a troubling development, the Afghan army’s death rate spiked by 30 percent, suggesting that the country’s military remains ill-equipped for the host of security threats the country faces. Additionally, as U.S. and

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Stimson’s “Letters from the Mekong” cited in Radio Free Asia on Mekong dams

October 08, 2014

A new study has called for standardized transboundary impact assessments on all planned hydropower dam projects on Southeast Asia’s Mekong River amid concerns over the threat they pose to the environment and tens of millions of people who rely on the waterway for their

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Joshua T. White op-ed in War on the Rocks

October 06, 2014

The recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington must have come as a welcome reprieve for a White House consumed by chaos in the Middle East, Russian revisionism in Eastern Europe, and the spread of Ebola in Africa. Modi’s resounding electoral success in the May

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