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Yun Sun’s op-ed in Irrawaddy on border bombing in China

March 18, 2015

On Mar. 13, a Myanmar warplane reportedly dropped a bomb in the Lincang county of Yunnan Province, killing four Chinese civilians. This might mark the worst day of Sino-Burmese relations since June 1967, when Chinese embassy in Rangoon was attacked and Chinese nationals killed as a

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Russell Sticklor’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on Israel-Jordan shared water management

March 17, 2015

In late February, after several years of negotiations, Israel and Jordan signed arguably their biggest bilateral agreement since their historic 1994 peace accord: a deal for shared management of fresh water. The landmark agreement calls for construction of a new desalination plant

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Geneive Abdo and Lulwa Rizkallah’s Op-ed in the National Interest

March 17, 2015

It should be pointed out that the concept of freedom of expression means different things to different people, with some willing to limit its reach for the sake of peaceful coexistence and others believing it is limitless to the point where it can and should be offensive.

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David Michel quoted in Foreign Policy on Climate Change and Hydropower

March 17, 2015

The Hoover Dam was and is a marvel of engineering, a 700-foot wall of concrete holding back the Colorado River. Its 17 massive power turbines supply electricity for southern California and a chunk of the U.S. Southwest. But in the space of a year, the Hoover power plant will have

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Gordon Adams quoted in Bloomberg on Navy spending War Funds

March 17, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Navy has been spending funds that are supposed to be dedicated to war-fighting to repair and overhaul submarine propellers since 2010.

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“This is a totally inappropriate use,” said Gordon Adams, a former defense director for the White House Office of

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Michael Krepon’s Op-ed in Arms Control Wonk on the President, Congress and Iran

March 17, 2015

The Obama presidency has greatly disappointed supporters who view the President as being too aloof and for losing his progressive focus. The best rebuttal to these complaints is to read— or better yet watch — the President’s speech in Selma honoring those who were beaten by Alabama

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Center for Public Integrity on US arms trade

March 17, 2015

The United States remains the largest exporter of weaponry to the world, with Russia hanging onto second place and China grabbing ahold of third, according to the latest annual survey by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which ranks sales of weapons based

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Yun Sun quoted in Financial Times on the AIIB

March 13, 2015

The Anglo-American dispute over membership of a new Beijing-led development bank is one of the early chapters in the growing competition between the US and China over who will write the rules for the 21st century global economy.

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Michael Krepon quoted in Roll Call on Congress addressing Iran’s nuclear program

March 12, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t spell out an effective way to block Iran’s path to the bomb in his address to Congress. If Netanyahu were more candid, he would acknowledge the only way to achieve his aims is through military strikes rather than negotiations. In this

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Gordon Adams’ Op-ed in Foreign Policy on sequester and the defense budget

March 12, 2015

Gather ’round, children, and I will tell you a story about the defense budget…

There are two lawmakers named John McCain and Mac Thornberry who, along with many other nice men in the government, warn that our safety is threatened by an evil giant called “sequester.” You will not be

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Commission on Global Security, Justice, & Governance Hosts Member States and Experts Consultations

March 11, 2015

On 24 and 25 February 2015, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance  hosted  consultations in New York with representatives of United Nations Member States and leading experts from non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and the UN system. Commission

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Yun Sun quoted in Union Catholic of Asia News on Chinese in Syria

March 10, 2015

The central Turkish province of Kayseri lies more than 3,000 kilometers from China’s northwestern region Xinjiang. But for 500 Uyghurs resettled there in January, ethnically similar Turkey is the closest thing to home.

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“I don’t think people have a specific number as for how

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Michael Krepon’s column in Arms Control Wonk on nuclear triangles

March 10, 2015

A serious competition between two nuclear-armed rivals is very hard to stabilize. When one rival increases its nuclear capability, the other does, too. Then both rivals feel less secure – even when they possess secure retaliatory capabilities. It’s even harder to stabilize a

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Environmental Crime project featured in CCTV

March 09, 2015

The Northern White Rhino is also one of the most endangered species on the planet. There are only five left in the world and the chances they’ll reproduce naturally are remote. So science may be their only hope for survival. CCTV’s May Lee visited a safari park in San Diego,

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Michael Krepon quoted in Council on Foreign Relations on South Asia’s nuclear arms

March 09, 2015

Southern Asia is home to three nuclear powers—China, India, and Pakistan—that continue to expand and modernize their arms programs. Motivated by the need to address perceived security threats, each is seeking to expand ballistic missile and cruise missile-based nuclear delivery

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s Op-ed in the Globalist on International Women’s Day

March 09, 2015

This year International Women’s Day, which is celebrating its 100th birthday, will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

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Jenna Stern in Devex on sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers

March 04, 2015

In 2004, several allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. peacekeepers led then-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ask His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, permanent representative of Jordan and a former civilian peacekeeper, to prepare a report that

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Michael Krepon’s op-ed in Dawn on nuclear triangles

March 04, 2015

A SERIOUS nuclear competition between two nuclear-armed rivals is very hard to stabilise. When one rival increases its nuclear capability, the other does, too. Then both rivals feel less secure — even when they possess secure retaliatory capabilities. It’s even harder to stabilise a

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Lincoln Bloomfield quoted in Washington Times on Egypt and militants in Libya

March 04, 2015

The Egyptian military is preparing to attack Islamic State militants operating in Libya for a second time just as U.S. military leaders are seeking an expanded mandate to stamp out the extremist group in any country where its members reside.

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“This is a moment where Egyptians

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Michael Krepon’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on negotiating with Iran

March 02, 2015

The negotiating endgame with Iran is upon us. What terms are acceptable? 

U.N. Security Council resolutions dating to 2006 have demanded that Iran suspend its enrichment of uranium, which can be used for bomb making as well as electricity. Israel and many of its supporters in

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