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Op-ed by Rachel Stohl in Lawfare on the effectiveness of the U.S. Drone Program

May 31, 2015

On April 23, President Obama addressed the nation to reveal a tragic mistake that killed two humanitarian aid workers, American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto. In his remarks, President Obama stated that "Based on information and intelligence we have obtained, we

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Barry Blechman quoted in the Rapid News Network on anthrax protection

May 31, 2015

Pentagon officials announced on Friday, the plan to launch an investigation into the mishandling of deadly anthrax samples following the news that several other infectious samples were inadvertently sent to a lab in Australia.

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Test facilities like Dugway are intended to

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Barry Blechman quoted in the Arizona Daily Star on the future of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

May 31, 2015

Congress continues to stand in the way of the Air Force's plan to retire the A-10 - the main flying mission based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. But at the same time, the Air Force has begun training on the plane's intended replacement, the F-35. Tucson, so far, has been passed

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Barry Blechman quoted in the Navy Times on defense against biochemical warfare

May 29, 2015

The U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch of the Utah desert that has been testing chemical weapons since it opened in 1942.

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Test facilities like Dugway are intended to

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Yun Sun quoted in The Strait Times on China’s White Paper

May 28, 2015

BEIJING'S new policy paper outlining plans to boost China's military presence in Asia landed with a thud in Washington, with administration officials and analysts taking turns to either criticise the document for its messages of expansive powers, dismiss it as nothing new or simply

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon in Arms Control Wonk on Nuclear Threats

May 27, 2015

Tense situations that prompt nuclear threats occur when one (or more) of three conditions exist: when the state issuing threats feels weak in some important respects, when other means of suasion are unsuccessful, and when the stakes involved are exceptionally high. Examples abound.

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Article by Michael Krepn in Global Politics & Strategy on Nuclear Deterrence

May 24, 2015

Stability has been the holy grail of deterrence strategists since the outset of the US–Soviet nuclear-arms competition. This prize has been elusive because nuclear weapons are not stabilising.

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi and Hana Rudolph in The Diplomat on Japan’s Reaction to Nepal

May 22, 2015

On April 25, Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Less than a month later, a second, 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck on May 12, followed (as the first quake had been) by numerous aftershocks. As of Sunday, May 17, Nepal’s Home Ministry has confirmed a death toll of at least

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Op-ed by Levi Maxey and Brian Finlay in ISN on the Lessons of Ebola

May 22, 2015

By September 2014, a full nine months after the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges of assistance sat stranded in warehouses around the globe pending shipment to the region or transfer to the field. As global supply chains shut down for fear

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Op-ed by Oussama Romdhani and Ellen Laipson in The Hill on ‘a Message of Hope from North Africa’

May 20, 2015

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi arrives in Washington this week, bringing an uplifting story of his small country's achievements along the road to democracy. In its 2015 report, Freedom House gave Tunisia the ranking of "free," only the second Arab country to achieve that global

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David Michel quoted in the International Business Times on EU Refugee Plan

May 20, 2015

More than 35,000 asylum seekers have arrived on the European continent this year, fleeing war, poverty and persecution in their homelands in Syria and multiple countries around Africa. The enormous increase from just 3,500 for the whole of last year, according to United Nations

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Ellen Laipson quoted in AFP on IS Group’s Seizure of Ramadi

May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON : The Islamic State group's seizure of Ramadi represents a painful blow to the US-led war against the jihadists, raising fresh doubts about Washington's war strategy and the military strength of its partners in Iraq.

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Ellen Laipson, president of the Stimson Center

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Yuki Tatsumi Interviewed for France 24 on Japan’s Pacifism

May 18, 2015

Japan has just held its first international arms fair, something that was almost unthinkable before conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in December 2012. The arms fair coincides with the start of a parliamentary debate over bills that could see Japanese troops

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Stimson’s “A New US Nuclear Policy” report cited in Fierce Homeland Security on Nuclear Weapon

May 17, 2015

The United States should minimize the role that nuclear weapons play in its security policy because they add few military options and provide "false hopes" that can be costly geopolitically as well as in human lives, according to a new report from the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japanese Defense Reform

May 16, 2015

On May 14, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a set of legislative packages that would change the operational parameters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). During a press conferenceheld on the same day, Abe explained that these legislative changes are absolutely

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Stimson’s “Task Force On US Drone Policy” report cited in Axis of Logic on Drone Use

May 16, 2015

President Barack Obama stood behind the podium and apologized for inadvertently killing two Western hostages - including one American - during a drone strike in Pakistan. Obama said, “one of the things that sets America apart from many other nations, one of the things that makes us

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon in Arms Control Wonk on “A wobbly Nuclear Order”

May 14, 2015

The global nuclear order is becoming more dynamic and unsettled. The top tier is contracting, but at a slow pace. Newcomers feature prominently in the second tier, eclipsing the old-timers. And the newest entrants into the nuclear club either have or seem to want three-digit-sized

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Op-ed by Laicie Heeley in Breaking Defense on “Nukes or Conventional Weapons”

May 14, 2015

As the House and Senate gear up for votes in the coming days to fund the Defense Department, lawmakers are set to support a bow wave of costly nuclear weapons programs increasingly at odds with the needs of U.S. troops and the future threats that dominate their agenda.

Notably for a

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“A New US Nuclear Policy” report cited in Defense One

May 14, 2015

Pursuing the “nuclear taboo” in the name of peace. Can the U.S. make its citizens more secure by minimizing its role in the defense of American interests abroad? Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh believe so in this report from The Stimson Center just released today.

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Alison Giffen quoted in 100 Reporters on UN Sex Crimes

May 14, 2015

Activists in New York called Wednesday for the lifting of immunity for United Nations peacekeeping staff accused of sex crimes, saying the current system was permitting human rights abuses in conflict zones around the world.

The campaign by the organization AIDS-Free World, dubbed 

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