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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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Johan Bergenas is quoted in Kantipur on how illegal wildlife trade finances terrorism

February 21, 2014

Trade in blood

It was not meant to be just another international meet against illegal wildlife trade. What promised that this one would be different was mainly its much talked-about agenda: addressing the possible nexus between wildlife poaching and terrorism. Diplomats, former

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on China-Myanmar conflict over Myitsone dam is published in Asia Times

February 19, 2014

China, Myanmar face Myitsone dam truths

Debate between China and Myanmar over the suspended US$3.6 billion Myitsone hydro-electric dam project recently reached a new pitch.

A war of words between their governments erupted after China Power Investment launched a renewed public

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Stimson study quoted in Huffington Post on US military’s ability to provide stability

February 19, 2014

Beyond The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men, based on the Robert M. Edsel book, is about a time when specialized military units had a direct role in filling the gaps of governance in war-torn countries and making peace out of war. If there's anything that moment in history teaches us,

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Stimson study is cited in the New York Times on the lack of practical real-world theory applications

February 18, 2014

Professors, We Need You!

SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don't matter in today's great debates.

The most stinging dismissal of a point is to say: "That's academic." In other words, to be a scholar

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Geneive Abdo is quoted in NBC News on predictions from the Vienna nuclear talks meeting

February 18, 2014

Iran's Ayatollah 'Not Optimistic' as Nuclear Talks Resume

Six world powers and Iran met in Vienna to begin hashing out a long-term deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear program Tuesay -- but the Islamic Republic's supreme leader predicted negotiations "will lead nowhere."

Ayatollah Ali

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Geneive Abdo’s op-ed on Rouhani’s presidency and Iran’s policies published in Aljazeera America

February 18, 2014

The end of Rouhani's honeymoon.

The honeymoon that Iran's hard-liners extended to President Hassan Rouhani after his June 2013 election is coming to an end. As they have in the past, particularly during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami, the conservative factions within the state

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Stimson study on Classic Diplomacy is quoted in Sudan Vision Daily

February 18, 2014

Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Transformational Diplomacy

Many foreign affairs experts believe that the international system is undergoing a momentous transition affecting its very nature. Some, such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, compare the changes in the

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Gordon Adams’s column on the Pentagon’s budget plan and reality is published in Foreign Policy

February 18, 2014

Great Expectations

For the past three years, we have been bathed in pathos, hand-wringing, and garment-rending as the Pentagon faced declining budgets and the sequester cliff. But with the Ryan-Murray budget agreement for the next two years finalized last December and ratified in

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Johan Bergenas’ op-ed is cited in Enough Project on a new national strategy for wildlife poaching

February 18, 2014

The US Takes New, Robust Steps to Combat Illegal Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking

For the first time, the United States has announced a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking and a ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory. This new strategy aims to "ensure that

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Johan Bergenas is interviewed on ABC Radio Australia on wildlife crime

February 14, 2014

"Late Night Live" on Australia's ABC Radio recently interviewed Johan Bergenas on the topic of poaching and wildlife crime.

To listen to the interview, click here.

 

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Johan Bergenas quoted in Washington Free Beacon on national policy to combat wildlife trafficking

February 14, 2014

Obama Admin Reveals New Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

The Obama administration has unveiled a new strategy to combat wildlife trafficking that threatens endangered species and lines the pockets of some of the world's most notorious criminals and terrorist groups.

The White

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Stimson’s new program on Environmental Crime is featured in Yahoo News

February 14, 2014

New Effort to Combat Poaching, Environmental Crime is Unveiled by Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative

The Stimson Center's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative (MAB) today launches a new program on Environmental Crime.

The program represents a culmination of efforts to

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