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Alan Romberg’s op-ed on Chinese diplomat’s visit to Taiwan published in The Hill

June 25, 2014

The director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, will visit Taiwan this week. He is the most senior People's Republic of China (PRC) official to visit the island since Chiang Kai-shek fled there in 1949, and he comes to reciprocate a visit by his Taiwan counterpart, Wang

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Alan Romberg quoted in the Associated Press on senior Chinese minister’s visit to Taiwan

June 25, 2014

But the lack of big protests doesn't mean that more Taiwanese want closer ties with China, analysts say.

"The best one could say is that a muting of protests would reflect a maturing of attitudes in Taiwan, and a greater willingness to listen and to express concerns in a less

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Johan Bergenas quoted in The National on WMD proliferation in the Middle East

June 24, 2014

"Iran's nuclear programme and the conflict in Syria, especially in light of the use of WMD, in many cases dominate and define the security dialogue in the Middle East," said Johan Bergenas, an Abu Dhabi security expert and deputy director of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative

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Allen Moore’s report on global responses to issues of mental health published in Science & Diplomacy

June 24, 2014

When a person collapses in public, strangers rush to help. When a person manifests symptoms of mental illness in public, strangers look away or cross the street. Sadly, this all-to-common response by individuals could be a metaphor for official policy in much of the world. Most

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Brian Finlay’s op-ed on public-private cooperation in global security published in ISN Zurich

June 23, 2014

Last July, a North Korean-flagged bulk carrier steamed through the Caribbean Sea en route to Wonson, DPRK, via the Panama Canal. Queuing at the Manzanillo International Terminal, Panamanian officials seized the ship on reports that it was transporting illegal drugs. They found much

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Stimson’s South Asia program hosted a workshop on “Deterrence Stability in South Asia.”

June 20, 2014

On June 18-20, Stimson's South Asia program hosted a workshop on "Deterrence Stability in South Asia" with the Carnegie Endowment, in Istanbul. During the workshop 18 rising analysts from India and Pakistan assessed challenges to deterrence stability and developed strategies for

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Ellen Laipson quoted in The Daily Star on the choices facing Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki

June 20, 2014

Ellen Laipson, president of U.S.-based security firm Stimson, sees the possibility that the current crisis may even increase support for Maliki in some quarters.

"There's a paradox right now that he might have a surge of strength," she said, at this time of a "genuine

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Yun Sun quoted in UPI on China’s deployment of a second oil rig in disputed waters

June 20, 2014

Yun Sun, a Chinese security analyst at Washington think tank Stimson Center, told Vietnam's Thanh Nien News the timing of the second rig's deployment was deliberate.

"The decision certainly suggests China's unwillingness to abandon its coercive approach," she said in an interview

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Yun Sun quoted in Eurasia Review on top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi’s visit to Hanoi

June 18, 2014

Yun Sun, an expert with the Washington-based Stimson Center, told RFA that China likely aims to discuss ways of decreasing tensions in the region and how the two sides might avoid confrontations in the future.

"China does try to at least present an image of a China willing to talk

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Joshua White’s review of “Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers” published in Arms Control Today

June 18, 2014

Since the earliest days following the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan in 1998, policymakers in the United States and Europe have struggled to envision a realistic path by which Pakistan might achieve some measure of nuclear normalization. Perhaps unexpectedly, the

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on intensifying maritime disputes in the South China Sea

June 17, 2014

"The US is committed as we can see from statements from Washington. The question is, would 'commitment rhetoric' stop China?" Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Washington-based think tank Stimson Center, told Thanh Nien News. "I personally don't think so. China is

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Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh’s op-ed on tactical nukes in Europe published in Foreign Affairs

June 17, 2014

In 1991, U.S. President George H. W. Bush decided to retire almost all the tactical nuclear weapons operated by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. His reasons were simple: these short-range weapons were militarily useless and imposed significant burdens on the armed forces in terms of

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in Defense News on the future of the A-10 jet

June 17, 2014

Keeping the A-10 requires an offset if Congress sticks with its capped budget, said Russell Rumbaugh, a defense analyst at the Stimson Center in Washington. But that doesn't mean the Air Force is afraid of pushing political buttons like the CRH, which they know remain popular on the

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Michael Krepon quoted in The American Bazaar on journalistic integrity in an unstable Pakistan

June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC: A joint statement, released by some of the biggest names in worldwide Middle Eastern and South Asian foreign affairs, lauds Pakistan for its efforts to maintain journalistic integrity as it combats a growing tide of violent extremism within the country.

 "At a time

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Michael Krepon’s column for Arms Control Wonk on recent developments in Indo-Pak relations

June 16, 2014

Events on the subcontinent are moving quickly, with uncertain outcomes. In short order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a resounding mandate. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended his oath-taking, a savvy symbolic gesture of potential import. One faction of the Pakistani Taliban

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Alan Romberg comments in China Review News on Zhang Zhijun’s visit to Taiwan (Chinese)

June 16, 2014

China Review News: "American specialist Alan Romberg comments on Zhang Zhijun's visit to Taiwan: To understand people's thinking"

To read the full article (in Chinese), click here

 

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Ellen Laipson quoted in BBC News on President Obama’s reaction to the Iraq conflict

June 13, 2014

Mr Obama proclaimed in a speech to cadets at West Point that isolation is not an option and that regional aggression cannot go unchecked.

He also made clear that terrorism, particularly of the radical Islamist persuasion, is the most direct threat to US interests and security.

In

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Michael Krepon’s column for Arms Control Wonk on looming foreign policy crises

June 11, 2014

The Republican Party in the United States has adopted positions on social issues and the environment that are at odds with those of the majority of the voting public. Their signature opposition to "Obamacare" is losing ground. Both parties gerrymander and receive large sums from

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Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes article on Taiwan’s need for formal alliances

June 11, 2014

The president of Sao Tome and Principe, a small nation off the coast of Africa, is presumed to be traveling in China this month. As ordinary as that sounds, the visit by the leader of a diplomatic ally of Taiwan has set off sirens in Taipei's foreign ministry. Sao Tome may be

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David Michel in the Hindu on maritime security and trade

June 10, 2014

Despite the U.S.A desiring that India play the role of a leader in Indian Ocean region, the latter was reluctant and did not want to exercise its hegemony in the region, P.K. Ghosh, of Observer Research Foundation said on Monday.

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The conference is being conducted by U.S.

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