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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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Gen. John Allen at Stimson Chairman’s Forum quoted in Washington Post on US options in Afghanistan

February 24, 2014

U.S. examines Afghanistan option that would leave behind 3,000 troops

One of the four options President Obama is considering for a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond this year would leave behind 3,000 troops, based in Kabul and at the American installation at Bagram, U.S.

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Yun Sun is quoted in The Wall Street Journal on foreign investment in Myanmar

February 24, 2014

Myanmar Farmland Gets Closer to Vision as Economic Engine

A field littered with roaring tractors and herds of cows ambling in the distance doesn't look like the future of Myanmar's economic reforms.

But as the company behind the Japanese-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone prepares

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Barry Blechman is quoted in Bloomberg on the Pentagon budget plan

February 24, 2014

Pentagon Budget Stuck in Last Century as Warfare Changes

The Obama administration foresees 21st century wars fought with fewer boots on the ground and more drones in the air, while the Pentagon continues buying weapons from the last century.

In his Feb. 12 State of the Union

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Stimson report cited in Government Security News on the new White House strategy on wildlife crime

February 24, 2014

White House issues strategy to combat wildlife trafficking

When the White House recently announced a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, it was coupled with a second main component. The strategy laid out a set of goals to strengthen global cooperation to combat the

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Alan D. Romberg participating in ASIA Society panel on military confrontation in the East China Sea

February 24, 2014

How China and Japan Might Avoid Military Confrontation in the East China Sea

For over a year, the situation in the East China Sea has attracted global attention. Media across the world have wondered whether Japan and China are on the verge of an armed conflict. Think tanks (including

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Gen. John Allen at Stimson’s Chairman’s Forum is quoted at Military.com on the war in Afghanista

February 24, 2014

Allen: US Generals Must Improve War Planning

The former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said Friday the U.S. military should start scripting the end of wars before generals plan an invasion.

"We have plans that we write that have various phases to them. We have the

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Yun Sun is quoted in The Irrawaddy on risky financial development in Burma

February 24, 2014

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup

Permanent cancellation of the huge Myitsone hydroelectric dam on the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State could be very expensive for Burma, an analyst has warned.

The Naypyidaw government will face "legal, financial and diplomatic consequences," said Yun

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed on US-Japan relations is published in The Japan News

February 21, 2014

The myth of pro-Japan Republicans

On February 12, the White House announced that President Obama will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April. The announcement prompted Japanese media to question what the decision to add Seoul to Obama's tour means for

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