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Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in WND on the investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks

May 23, 2014

New civil war in Libya as Benghazi probe begins

NEW YORK - A new civil war in Libya is heating up just as the House select committee investigating the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi prepares to launch, according to Libyan expatriate tribal

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in Antiwar.com on stance the Ambassador’s reaction to Gen. Khalifa

May 23, 2014

US Ambassador to Libya Defends General's Takeover

In a speech at the Stimson Center today, US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones sought to downplay the attempted military coup in Libya, arguing that Gen. Khalifa Hifter never said he "wants to be in charge," defending it as an

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum event is cited in The Washington Post on the risk of catastrophe in Libya

May 22, 2014

Libyan prime minister refuses to step down; confrontation with ex-general grows

TRIPOLI, Libya - The former general who is leading an armed uprising in Libya proposed Wednesday that an emergency government be named to resolve what may be the country's most serious political crisis

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Wall Street Journal on Libya’s offensive against Islamist militias

May 22, 2014

Rogue Libyan General Says He Has Popular Support for Counterrevolution

A rogue Libyan general's new offensive against the country's dominant Islamists opened a deep fault line in the country's messy political transition and reinvigorated the appetite on both sides to fight out their

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum event is cited in Al Monitor on renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter

May 22, 2014

US ambassador says Libyan general is going after 'terrorists'

WASHINGTON - US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said Wednesday that she would not condemn the actions of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a former officer in Moammar Gadhafi's army who has declared war on Islamic "terrorists" in

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in AFP via Yahoo News on the challenge of stable governance in Libya

May 22, 2014

US ready to help back Libya elections

Washington (AFP) - The United States is ready to help organize new elections in Libya in hopes of ushering in a more stable government, US officials said Wednesday amid growing concern at the political turmoil.

Libya's electoral commission said

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Michael Krepon’s column on upcoming choices in Pakistan is published in Arms Control Wonk

May 21, 2014

Pakistan's Choice

Pakistan has been failing for a long time. There have been periods of economic growth, backed up by foreign patrons - mostly the United States and increasingly China - but for the most part, Pakistan's economy and internal security continue to slide. Successive

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Benjamin Self op-ed on Japan and diplomatic balance in East Asia published in World Politics Review

May 21, 2014

Japan's Complicated Regional Dance

For decades Japan has patiently fostered maturity and order in its relationships with its neighbors, expecting that time and deepening interdependence would yield behavior constrained by a set of mutually agreed rules-in short, that Japan and its

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Yun Sun is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on China’s waning economic investment in Myanmar

May 20, 2014

Myanmar Moves Ahead on Trading Hub at Deep-Sea Port

MADAY ISLAND, Myanmar-Towering maps and billboards greet visitors to this sparse island by the Bay of Bengal, the starting point of twin oil and gas pipelines that run across Myanmar to China.

"Our aspirations are as high as the

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Yun Sun is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the animosity generated by abductions in Myanmar

May 20, 2014

Abductions in Myanmar Could Hurt Chinese Investment

YANGON, Myanmar-Despite recent efforts by some Chinese companies to launch a charm offensive in Myanmar, the abduction of two Chinese workers at a rural copper mine operated by a Beijing-backed firm has underscored deep-seated

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Stimson “Strategic Agility” report cited in Defense News on the congressional debate over the ND

May 20, 2014

Sen. Blumenthal 'Inclined' to Include Army Troop Cuts in NDAA

WASHINGTON - A key US senator signaled he will support at least some of the Obama administration's proposed US troop cuts in his portion of the upper chamber's 2015 Pentagon policy bill.

Senate Armed Services Airland

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Stimson “Mekong Tipping report cited in The Diplomat on rising economic tensions in Southeast

May 20, 2014

ASEAN's China Challenge

Since China departed from its revisionist path in the 1970s, Asia has largely enjoyed an unprecedented period of peace and stability from major conflict. However, as Prof. Hugh White at the Australian National University among others has pointed out:

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2012 Stimson study is cited in Albuquerque Journal on the modernization of the B61 nuclear bomb

May 20, 2014

NM labs working to refurbish B61 versions

Since the 1960s, when the first B61 nuclear bomb was built, there have been 11 versions of the weapon, five of which are still active in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

That includes the B61-11, a ground-penetrating weapon known as the "bunker

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Michael Krepon’s column on balance of sanctions with Russia is published in Arms Control Wonk

May 15, 2014

Crime and Punishment

A dedicated band of anti-arms controllers, led by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, sought to foil President Ronald Reagan's pursuit of nuclear arms reduction treaties with Moscow. One tactic was to publish

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Stimson report cited in Reset Defense Bulletin on the arms control capabilities of NATO and the U.S.

May 15, 2014

Russia, NATO and American Power

In 1989 Moscow possessed very substantial military power and was surely troubled by the U.S. invasion of Panama that year. Yet, it is unlikely that USSR military power had any deterrent effect on decision-making in Washington. Panama was clearly in

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Deutsche Welle on the potential for a diplomatic solution to Syrian conflict

May 14, 2014

Wanted: The next Syrian envoy

UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi had toyed with the thought for a long time before the chief diplomat for Syria took the step and announced his resignation, effective at the end of May 2014.

"He has faced almost impossible odds with the

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Stimson event cited in The Forecaster on the history of bungled American arms deals

May 14, 2014

The Right View: Iran Contra, Benghazi, and the media matter

When will we ever learn? Show me a time in history where gun running by the United States government has resulted in a positive outcome.

While I don't doubt the Gipper's heartfelt desire to eradicate communism back in the

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Russell Rumbaugh interviewed by C-SPAN about the impact of spending cuts on U.S. military readiness

May 13, 2014

Military Pay and Benefits

Russell Rumbaugh talked about pay and benefits for active military personnel. The previous week, several members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to advocate for changes in compensation. They were concerned

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Geneive Abdo interviewed by Al Jazeera on a recent spate of Iranian media blackouts

May 13, 2014

Iran Censorship

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Barry Blechman is cited in New Security Beat on negotiating methods for climate change activists

May 13, 2014

Time to Get Creative: Cold War Lessons for Climate Negotiators

You might wonder what the Cold War has to do with climate change, but as I listened last month to historian James Graham Wilson talk about the "triumph of improvisation" that ended the nearly 50-year stare-down between

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