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Michael Krepon’s op-ed on cross border nuclear security in South Asia is debated

March 04, 2014

India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Race

2012‐13 saw the initiation of a new category of publications entitled the IPCS Debate Series, which invites opposing arguments on issues of note. This particular compilation consists of commentaries by Indian and Pakistani analysts in response

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Russell Rumbaugh is quoted in Gnomes National News Service on Defense budget considerations

March 04, 2014

3 Things to Consider With the New Pentagon Budget

The budget the Defense Department will release Tuesday could be the most consequential in recent memory for all involved: troops may lose their jobs, the military could feel the strain from a full withdrawal of all forces in

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Alan Romberg is quoted in The Politic regarding a perceived threat to democracy in Taiwan

February 28, 2014

Turmoil in Taiwan

In June of last year, Ker Chien-Ming, a high-ranking Taiwanese politician in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was charged with embezzlement. The Taiwan High Court found Ker not guilty, but the prosecutors decided to appeal the decision. Upon hearing rumors of

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Yuki Tatsumi is quoted in Voice Of America on North Korea, Japan, diplomatic relation (Korean)

February 28, 2014

North Korea, Japan, Consultation on War Remains Switches the Atmosphere

North Korea and Japan reach a consensus on having Red Cross Conference on next week; however, there are many obstacles have to overcome. Experts expect two countries will negotiate on Japanese war remains in

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Gordon Adams’ column on a new DoD budget plan is published in Foreign Policy

February 28, 2014

The New Defense Budget Plan

It's budget season in Washington. Every year at this time I am hopeful that the Pentagon might finally escape Wonderland and wake up. And every year at this time, I am disappointed -- but not surprised -- when it does not.

Although the Pentagon won't make

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Stimson research cited in a Brattleboro Reformer editorial on military spending cuts

February 28, 2014

Our Opinion: Military spending out of control

In the years since September 11, 2001, the growth in military spending has gone virtually unchecked, soaring from $287 billion in 2001 to $530 billion last year. And that's before accounting for the primary costs of the Iraq and

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Mona Yacoubian participates in Belfer Center panel on Syrian crisis

February 28, 2014

Experts on Syrian Crisis: How to End the Bloodshed

On September 24, the Belfer Center and the Institute of Politics co-sponsored a discussion on the state of the ongoing crisis in Syria. "The Syrian Tragedy: Ending the Bloodshed" was moderated by Kennedy School Professor Meghan

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Yun Sun is quoted in The Wall Street Journal on bilateral relations between China and Myanmar

February 27, 2014

Chinese Official Pays a Visit to Myanmar's Opposition

YANGON, Myanmar-China's vice minister for foreign affairs was warmly welcomed at the headquarters of the opposition National League for Democracy this week, where he visited in the hopes of furthering ties with the

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Johan Bergenas is quoted in Orange County Register on the link between terrorism and poaching

February 27, 2014

Royce calls for ending ivory and rhino horn trade

WASHINGTON In 2007, poachers slaughtered 13 rhinos for their horns. Last year, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed.

The numbers are shocking. But perhaps more shocking is that the poaching increasingly is driven by criminal syndicates

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Richard Cronin and Yun Sun are quoted in Voice Of America on impacts of China’s dam construction

February 27, 2014

China Mekong Dam Project Generates Growing Controversy

China has the greatest number of dams in the world, though its plan to construct a dam on the cross-border Mekong River is increasingly creating controversy. In 2011, the government in Burma, also known as Myanmar, halted the

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Brian Finlay’s essay on proliferation policy published by Center for International Trade & Security

February 27, 2014

Meeting proliferation threats with capacity building assistance

In 2014, the international community will mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1540 by the UN Security Council. The mandate of that resolution reflected growing concern over the widening

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Russell Sticklor’s essay on Asian interest in Arctic energy resources is published in The Diplomat

February 27, 2014

Asian Giants Look to the Arctic

After a lengthy courtship, China and India formalized their relationship with the Arctic Council in May 2013 by gaining admission as official observer states. In the months since, both countries have been actively seeking influence with the Council's

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Yuki Tatsumi is quoted in Voice Of America on Japanese arms exporting (Chinese)

February 27, 2014

Japan's revision of policies to promote arms exports arms sales (Chinese)

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Michael Krepon’s op-ed on what budget cuts mean to US nuclear weapons is published in Politico

February 26, 2014

The Threat to America's Nukes

The wages of austerity are coming due for America's military. On Monday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a major downsizing of the US Army. He wants to retire the A-10 Warthog fleet of ground-support aircraft and the venerable U-2 manned spy

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Gordon Adams interviewed on PBS NewsHour about proposed Department of Defense budget cuts

February 25, 2014

How will proposed military savings affect strategy and security?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented a plan to reshape the nation's military after more than a decade of war. Measures include cutting active-duty rolls, eliminating certain technology and making adjustments to

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Gordon Adams is quoted in The Washington Post on the Pentagon’s budget-trimming plan

February 25, 2014

Pentagon blueprint would cut Army size as military adjusts to leaner budgets

The Defense Department on Monday proposed cutting the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, slashing a class of attack jets and rolling back personnel costs in an effort to adjust a department buoyed by a

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Russell Rumbaugh interviewed on NPR regarding the debate over a smaller U.S. military (audio)

February 25, 2014

Debating Hagel's Call For A Smaller U.S. Military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to downsize the military, shrink the US Army to the lowest levels since before World War II. We'll look at what that would mean.

It's "time for reality," said U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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Gordon Adams is quoted in Los Angeles Times on proposed cuts to Pentagon spending

February 25, 2014

Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft

Though both Democrats and Republicans have warned of the danger of deep cuts in defense, neither party has been able to spare the Pentagon budget from sharp declines as Congress grapples with pressure to reduce federal

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Mona Yacoubian policy brief on Syria diplomacy published by Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center

February 25, 2014

A strategy to rescue diplomacy on Syria

The Syrian crisis is rapidly turning into a humanitarian and security nightmare with regional and possibly global implications. The conflict is now firmly entrenched in a military stalemate. While "stalemate" conveys a sense of stasis, the

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum is highlighted in USA Today on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

February 24, 2014

How not to repeat the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Over the years, U.S. commanders in Afghanistan have paid close attention to the failed Soviet Union experience in that country as they developed their own campaign plans.

The Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979 in order

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