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Johanna Mendelson Forman, Brian Finlay op-ed on aroused indignation in Brazil published in The Hill

June 06, 2014

Brazil's World Cup ennui

The mood in Brazil is sour. With the much-coveted World Cup games less than a month away, it is hard to find the joy among Brazilians about this upcoming global event. The absence of visual displays promoting the games in cities like Rio de Janeiro further

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Vikram Singh and Joshua White op-ed on imperative advices after Indian election published in CNN

June 06, 2014

How U.S. can reinvigorate India defense ties

By Vikram J. Singh and Joshua T. White, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Vikram J. Singh is vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. Joshua T. White is Deputy Director for South Asia

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2010 Stimson Spotlight by Andrew Houk cited in The Washington Institute on Afghan militants in Syria

June 05, 2014

Iran's Afghan Shiite Fighters in Syria

On May 22, the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was recruiting Afghan Shiite refugees to fight in Syria, promising them a salary of $500 per month as well as Iranian residency papers. The article

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Richard Cronin is quoted in Thanhnien News on hydropower dams on the Mekong

June 05, 2014

Laos draws ire of neighbors with Mekong river dam plans

Laos will push ahead with its ambition to become the "battery of Southeast Asia," planning a Mekong River dam that has drawn opposition from neighbors and threatens to involve China and the U.S.

Four Mekong River nations are

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Michael Krepon’s e-book “The Bomb, The Nuclear Age and Arms Control” presented in Arms Control Wonk

June 05, 2014

Promo

My mother never threw out a shoebox at the back of my closet floor with the complete set of Topps baseball cards for the 1958 season inside - a treasured collection that our son will inherit. Later in life, I resumed the habit of filling shoeboxes - this time with 4×6 file

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Cheryl Ramp’s spotlight on the corporation is presented by The Carnegie Corporation of New York

June 03, 2014

Stimson Center Turns 25

In 1989, Carnegie Corporation of New York gave an initial grant, "Avoiding Nuclear War," to the Stimson center to support its work in providing policy alternatives, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles to a more peaceful and secure world. Carnegie

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Stimson’s Partners in Prevention Task Force is cited in Maritime Executive

June 03, 2014

Market Incentives Key to 21st-Century Security

A senior-level Stimson Center task force of industry leaders and national security experts has endorsed seven steps to close security gaps in global trade by better leveraging market incentives. Targeted at US government and private

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A posting on India-Pakistan relations from the 2013 Stimson Center project “South Asian Voices.”

June 03, 2014

India Pakistan Relations: Two Questions on the Way Forward

There has been a buzz surrounding India-Pakistan relations in recent weeks. The decision of the Narendra Modi government to invite all heads of governments of all SAARC countries and Mauritius to the swearing-in ceremony

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum event cited in this Time article on renegade Libyan General Khalifa Hifter

June 02, 2014

Libyan General With U.S. Passport Wages War On Islamist Extremists

Into the chaos of post-revolution Libya rides Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a former confidant of Muammar Gaddafi with a U.S. passport and a reputed history with the CIA. A resident of northern Virginia until the 2011

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Alan Romberg is quoted in Dong-A Ilbo on the U.S. role in Japan - N. Korea negotiations

June 02, 2014

U.S. calls for `transparency` in Japan-N. Korea negotiations

The U.S. government said on Thursday that it supports the agreement between Japan and North Korea to re-investigate Pyongyang`s abduction of Japanese citizens.

"We continue to support Japanese efforts to resolve the

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Nate Olson’s column on public-private cooperation is published in Ideas Lab

May 30, 2014

Combating Terrorism, Illicit Trafficking Needs More Agile, Non-Regulatory Tools 

A global economy has empowered criminals and terrorists on a global scale, with growing consequences for both governments and the private sector. But U.S. exporters, in particular, can find opportunity

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Michael Krepon column on implications of Obama’s speech at West Point published in Arms Control Wo

May 30, 2014

The Obama Doctrine

President Obama has delivered another thoughtful, balanced speech, this time at West Point. His commencement address lent structure to his foreign and national-security policy decisions. It was long overdue, and essential after an exasperated, revealing response

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Yun Sun is quoted in The Straits Times on China’s pledge for a new Asian security strategy

May 30, 2014

Don't bet on China's 'Asia for Asians only' vision yet

China may not admit so, but President Xi Jinping's call at a little-known regional security forum for Asian states to take charge of Asian security is clearly aimed at eroding the United States' influence in the region.

However,

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Russell Rumbaugh’s “What We Bought” report cited in this Defense One article on the Afghan War Fund

May 28, 2014

The Pentagon and Congress Must Stop Raiding the Afghan War Fund

Last week's House action on the National Defense Authorization Act was largely an exercise in fantasy budgeting and pork barrel politics. Virtually all of the Pentagon's major cost saving initiatives were rejected, and

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The Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Diplo Pundit on security measures at the US Embassy in Libya

May 28, 2014

US Embassy Libya: Post Drawdown Soon, Marine Air-to-Ground Task Force At The Read

We understand that US Embassy Tripoli will soon be on drawdown. We don't know yet if this will be an authorized or ordered departure for personnel or temporary post closure.

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Ms. Psaki also

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Peacefare.net on US Ambassador Jones’ handling of cirisis in Lib

May 28, 2014

Undaunted

America's admirably frank ambassador to Libya Deb Jones answered a lot of questions at the Stimson Center this afternoon about Libya, where an American citizen militia leader, Khalifa Hiftar, has been whacking extreme Islamist militias he holds responsible for political

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The Stimson Chairman’s Forum is cited in All Voices on Libyan Gen. Hifter’s anti-Islamist campaign

May 27, 2014

General Hifter may become another "military savior" protecting Libya from Islamists

The Libyan election commission on Tuesday has slated parliamentary elections for next month. The move may be intended to defuse the crisis caused by General Khalifa Hifter's move to disband the

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Stimson Chairman’s Forum cited in Digital Journal on the struggle for legitimate governance in Libya

May 27, 2014

Op-Ed: Libyan parliament meets to confirm prime minister and government

Tripoli - The Libyan parliament met in a palace under heavy guard east of Tripoli where it approved a cabinet and the election of Islamist-backed businessman Ahmed Maiteg as prime minister.

Mohammed Samud one of

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Yun Sun’s report on “Africa in China’s Foreign Policy” is cited by Macau Hub

May 27, 2014

Angola is a priority for China in Africa

Angola is one of the priority countries for China in Africa, where it will continue to focus over the next few years, according to US research organisation Brookings.

In its recent report "Africa in China's Foreign Policy," published by

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in Congressional Quarterly News on politicization of war-related spending

May 27, 2014

War Fund Gets New Attention in Both Chambers as Budget Gimmick

A bipartisan effort in the House seeking to codify limits on requests for war-related spending may lead to an awkward vote for lawmakers as it highlights what critics say has become a slush fund for appropriators and

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