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Michael Krepon’s Op-ed in Arms Control Wonk on the Future of South Asia

November 17, 2015

Two fundamentally different nuclear futures are conceivable on the subcontinent. One is surprisingly pacific, even without conflict resolution between India and Pakistan. The other is deeply tragic – the worst case of a limited conventional war crossing the nuclear threshold. This

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Ellen Laipson’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on G-20 Summit and Paris Attacks

November 17, 2015

World leaders from the 20 top economies as well as observer states met Sunday and Monday in southern Turkey for the annual G-20 summit. The gathering had been set to focus on an ambitious agenda to promote inclusive economic growth and global trade and investment. The terrorist

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Aditi Gorur & Lisa Sharland’s Op-ed in The National Interest on Central African Republic Crisis

November 11, 2015

The kidnapping and assassination of senior political figures in Bangui in recent weeks, along with a number of violent intercommunal reprisals and attacks on peacekeepers, have sparked concerns the Central African Republic’s capital may be about to descend into yet another cycle of

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on Food Security

November 10, 2015

Expo Milan, a World’s Fair whose central theme was feeding the planet, officially closed its doors on Oct. 31, after six months that saw 20 million visitors pass through this once swampy area on the outskirts of the city’s industrial center. For Italy, the expo was a huge financial

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Ellen Laipson’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on Gulf States Forging National Identity

November 10, 2015

Since launching the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman have pursued dual and sometimes dueling objectives. Collectively the six countries profess to share the strategic goal of integrating their economic, security

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Gordon Adams’s Op-ed in Foreign Policy on Responsible Budgeting

November 09, 2015

Budget historians, remember Nov. 2, 2015: the day that disciplined defense budgeting died in Washington. On that day, President Barack Obama signed a deal to fund the government through FY 2017, a deal that threw the Pentagon another $33 billion more for defense than it received in

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Stimson’s “A Normal Nuclear Pakistan” report cited in The New York Times

November 08, 2015

With as many as 120 warheads, Pakistan could in a decade become the world’s third-ranked nuclear power, behind the United States and Russia, but ahead of China, France and Britain. Its arsenal is growing faster than any other country’s, and it has become even more lethal in recent

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Alan Romberg quoted in The Associated Press on China-Taiwan Talks

November 05, 2015

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is running into skepticism at home over his impending historic meeting with China's president, aimed at locking in the dialogue that he has built — from zero — with Beijing during his nearly eight years in office.

No deals will be signed when Ma meets

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Alan Romberg quoted in Deutsche Welle on China-Taiwan Talks

November 04, 2015

The highly symbolic meeting between Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is scheduled to take place in Singapore on November 7.

The summit will be keenly watched across the world for any hints as to the direction of the bilateral ties. The leaders of the two

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Nation on Arms Control Policy with Turkey

November 03, 2015

On Sunday, Turkish voters went to the polls and handed the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) a resounding victory, restoring to it the majority it briefly let slip in the elections of this past June. In doing so, Turkey’s voters have taken their country in a direction that

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Brian Finlay’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on Poverty

November 02, 2015

Last month, the board of governors of the World Bank gathered for their annual meeting in Lima, Peru. To much fanfare, they released new data demonstrating that for the first time, the percentage of the global population living in extreme poverty—that is, on less than $1.25 a day—has

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Michael Krepon’s Op-ed in Space News on The Martian

November 02, 2015

“The Martian” is a box office hit because it fits the tenor of the times. The film is a perfect reflection of the anti-politics-as-usual mood of the U.S. electorate and our craving for genuine heroes. Supporters of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders could join

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in South China Morning Post on China-Japan Talks

November 01, 2015

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected meet this evening for talks after the trilateral summit in Seoul.

Staff are busy setting up the conference room in the Shilla Hotel, where the Chinese delegation is staying.

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Yuki Tatsumi, senior

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David Michel quoted in Alternatives Economiques [French] on Iran

November 01, 2015

Alors que le conflit sur le programme nucléaire semble s'apaiser et que l'Iran espère une levée des sanctions internationales, une autre menace guette la République islamique : la dégradation de son environnement. 
Pollution de l'air dans les villes, sécheresses chroniques, tempêtes

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Hannah Haegeland’s Op-ed in Arms Control Wonk on the Catholic Church and nuclear weapons

October 30, 2015

What does the Catholic Church have to say about the Bomb? It is important to distinguish between the Church’s support of specific policies and her guidance on matters of faith. The Church speaks with authority on issues of faith and personal morality, while offering suggestions and

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Stimson’s “Sea Change” report cited in Council on Foreign Relations

October 30, 2015

The Indian Ocean is the world's third largest body of water and has become a growing area of competition between China and India. The two regional powers’ moves to exert influence in the ocean include deep-water port development in littoral states and military patrols. Though experts

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Geneive Abdo quoted in The Toronto Star on Syrian Migrants

October 28, 2015

Just when it seemed that Syria’s bloody civil war could get no worse, it has.

As Russian air strikes and increased fighting force more people to flee their homes, an escalating number of lives are risked and lost in the struggle for safety, and desperation is reaching new levels.

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Stimson’s “Recommendations and Report of the Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy” cited on The Hill

October 28, 2015

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, by the U.S. has been subject to substantial criticism both domestically and abroad. Those inside and outside the administration have asserted, correctly, that drones are simply a tool, not a policy. The most effective way to analyze

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Yun Sun quoted in Deutsche Welle on U.S.- China tensions

October 28, 2015

After months of observation, the United States made its move. The USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, passed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of an artificial island built by Beijing in the South China Sea.

"We are asserting the principle of global commons," Robert Daly,

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in The National Interest on Drone Papers

October 27, 2015

Earlier this month, the Intercept released “The Drone Papers,” a series of reports that provide details on the U.S. drone program in Somalia and Yemen. The papers highlight a number of aspects regarding the United States’ use of armed drones in counterterrorism operations, including

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