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Nate Olson’s column on public-private cooperation is published in Ideas Lab

May 30, 2014

Combating Terrorism, Illicit Trafficking Needs More Agile, Non-Regulatory Tools 

A global economy has empowered criminals and terrorists on a global scale, with growing consequences for both governments and the private sector. But U.S. exporters, in particular, can find opportunity

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Michael Krepon column on implications of Obama’s speech at West Point published in Arms Control Wo

May 30, 2014

The Obama Doctrine

President Obama has delivered another thoughtful, balanced speech, this time at West Point. His commencement address lent structure to his foreign and national-security policy decisions. It was long overdue, and essential after an exasperated, revealing response

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Yun Sun is quoted in The Straits Times on China’s pledge for a new Asian security strategy

May 30, 2014

Don't bet on China's 'Asia for Asians only' vision yet

China may not admit so, but President Xi Jinping's call at a little-known regional security forum for Asian states to take charge of Asian security is clearly aimed at eroding the United States' influence in the region.

However,

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Russell Rumbaugh’s “What We Bought” report cited in this Defense One article on the Afghan War Fund

May 28, 2014

The Pentagon and Congress Must Stop Raiding the Afghan War Fund

Last week's House action on the National Defense Authorization Act was largely an exercise in fantasy budgeting and pork barrel politics. Virtually all of the Pentagon's major cost saving initiatives were rejected, and

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The Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Diplo Pundit on security measures at the US Embassy in Libya

May 28, 2014

US Embassy Libya: Post Drawdown Soon, Marine Air-to-Ground Task Force At The Read

We understand that US Embassy Tripoli will soon be on drawdown. We don't know yet if this will be an authorized or ordered departure for personnel or temporary post closure.

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Ms. Psaki also

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Peacefare.net on US Ambassador Jones’ handling of cirisis in Lib

May 28, 2014

Undaunted

America's admirably frank ambassador to Libya Deb Jones answered a lot of questions at the Stimson Center this afternoon about Libya, where an American citizen militia leader, Khalifa Hiftar, has been whacking extreme Islamist militias he holds responsible for political

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The Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in All Voices on Libyan Gen. Hifter’s anti-Islamist campaign

May 27, 2014

General Hifter may become another "military savior" protecting Libya from Islamists

The Libyan election commission on Tuesday has slated parliamentary elections for next month. The move may be intended to defuse the crisis caused by General Khalifa Hifter's move to disband the

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Digital Journal on the struggle for legitimate governance in Libya

May 27, 2014

Op-Ed: Libyan parliament meets to confirm prime minister and government

Tripoli - The Libyan parliament met in a palace under heavy guard east of Tripoli where it approved a cabinet and the election of Islamist-backed businessman Ahmed Maiteg as prime minister.

Mohammed Samud one of

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Yun Sun’s report on “Africa in China’s Foreign Policy” is cited by Macau Hub

May 27, 2014

Angola is a priority for China in Africa

Angola is one of the priority countries for China in Africa, where it will continue to focus over the next few years, according to US research organisation Brookings.

In its recent report "Africa in China's Foreign Policy," published by

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in Congressional Quarterly News on politicization of war-related spending

May 27, 2014

War Fund Gets New Attention in Both Chambers as Budget Gimmick

A bipartisan effort in the House seeking to codify limits on requests for war-related spending may lead to an awkward vote for lawmakers as it highlights what critics say has become a slush fund for appropriators and

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in Voice Of America on the vacuum of Libyan leadership

May 23, 2014

Column: Can Anyone Save Libya?

WASHINGTON - Libya's future looked promising after its dictator was overthrown nearly three years ago.

But its recent history has been chaotic, with a succession of weak prime ministers at the mercy of militias more loyal to regions, ideologies and

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in Digital Journal on the agenda of Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter

May 23, 2014

Op-Ed: General Hifter may plan to be Libya's General el-Sisi

Tripoli - The Libyan election commission on Tuesday has slated parliamentary elections for next month. The move may be intended to defuse the crisis caused by General Khalifa Hifter's move to disband the legislature for its

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Johan Bergenas is quoted in The American Conservative on the “Nuclear Domino” theory

May 23, 2014

Iran and the "Nuclear Domino" Myth

Matthew Kroenig continues his never-ending series of articles promoting war with Iran. I'm not all that interested in his argument about Obama, but I wanted to respond to some assertions that he makes about what would happen after Iran acquired

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Ellen Laipson is quoted in Sayyid Ali(blog) on Iranian nuclear disarmament

May 23, 2014

A Former Senior CIA Analyst Meet Sayyid Ali

Currently, the U.S. intelligence assessment is that Iran has not made the decision to build a nuclear weapon, and experts say it is Khamenei, 72, who would make that call.

Paul Pillar, a former senior CIA analyst, sees the proclamation as a

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in World Bulletin on U.S. Ambassador’s support for strong governance

May 23, 2014

US ambassdor gives green-light to Libya's Haftar

The United States ambassador to Libya has given renegade general Khalifa Haftar the green-light to pursue his course as his growing power threatens to develop into a coup against the government.

Justifying the general's acts, which

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in WND on the investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks

May 23, 2014

New civil war in Libya as Benghazi probe begins

NEW YORK - A new civil war in Libya is heating up just as the House select committee investigating the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi prepares to launch, according to Libyan expatriate tribal

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in Antiwar.com on stance the Ambassador’s reaction to Gen. Khalifa

May 23, 2014

US Ambassador to Libya Defends General's Takeover

In a speech at the Stimson Center today, US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones sought to downplay the attempted military coup in Libya, arguing that Gen. Khalifa Hifter never said he "wants to be in charge," defending it as an

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum event is cited in The Washington Post on the risk of catastrophe in Libya

May 22, 2014

Libyan prime minister refuses to step down; confrontation with ex-general grows

TRIPOLI, Libya - The former general who is leading an armed uprising in Libya proposed Wednesday that an emergency government be named to resolve what may be the country's most serious political crisis

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Wall Street Journal on Libya’s offensive against Islamist militias

May 22, 2014

Rogue Libyan General Says He Has Popular Support for Counterrevolution

A rogue Libyan general's new offensive against the country's dominant Islamists opened a deep fault line in the country's messy political transition and reinvigorated the appetite on both sides to fight out their

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum event is cited in Al Monitor on renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter

May 22, 2014

US ambassador says Libyan general is going after 'terrorists'

WASHINGTON - US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said Wednesday that she would not condemn the actions of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a former officer in Moammar Gadhafi's army who has declared war on Islamic "terrorists" in

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