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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in New York Times op-ed

July 07, 2014

For all the slick technology, there are grave moral and legal questions going unanswered in the government’s use of armed drones to kill people considered terrorist threats. The problems involving these secretive executions are ably underlined by a bipartisan panel of military and

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy co-chairs cite report in the Post and Courier

July 07, 2014

To understand why U.S. drone strikes outside traditional battlefields make so many people so uneasy, look to the past and look to the future.

Start with the past. In 1976, exiled Chilean dissident Orlando Letelier was driving to work in Washington when a car bomb planted by Chilean

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Rachel Stohl featured in The National Interest discussing “The Great Drone Debate”

July 07, 2014

With the emergence of ISIS in Iraq, renewed attention has been given to the use of armed drones to permit greater U.S. intelligence gathering and tactical action, without necessitating U.S. boots on the ground. This is a popular position. A CBS News/The New York Times poll released

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in PressTV report

July 06, 2014

It had been an exciting spring for the drones. Notwithstanding ongoing reports of civilians in Pakistan and other countries being accidentally killed by drones, there was some good news. Amazon announced that it planned to begin using baby drones to quickly deliver packages to

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in LA Times op-ed

July 05, 2014

The drone has become America's counter-terrorism weapon of choice. But does drone warfare really further U.S. goals abroad?

To wartime strategists under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the new weapon, like many innovations in the history of military technology, seemed at first

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in San Jose Mercury News Editorial

July 03, 2014

Thirteen months ago, during a speech at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama promised greater transparency and new guidelines for drone use as part of his counterterrorism strategy.

So much for promises.

An authoritative, bipartisan report released last week by the

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on Vietnam’s East Sea disputes with China

July 02, 2014

"When you talk about 'all necessary measures', people's first reaction is military measures. Given China's stronger naval forces, I don't think China would see Vietnamese military actions as a major threat," Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Washington-based think

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Michael Krepon’s column on U.S. drone policy published in Arms Control Wonk

July 02, 2014

Horse cavalry gave way mechanized warfare, and tank armies are giving way to drone warfare. Drones flourish where national sovereignty is weak and international borders are extremely permeable. Since it's not a good idea for Washington to set precedents it does not want others to

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s column on Chilean President Michelle Bachelet published in Voxxi

July 02, 2014

What is immediately apparent when you meet Bachelet is a warmth and sense of humanity that captures even the most serious audience of Washington policymakers. She smiles and laughs easily.

This is a woman who delayed her departure to Washington for her first official meeting with

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The New York Times: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's embrace of targeted killings using armed drones risks putting the United States on a "slippery slope" into perpetual war and sets a dangerous precedent for lethal operations that other countries might adopt in the future, according to a report

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Wall Street Journal: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON-A panel of former national security officials issued a strong critique of President Barack Obama's drone policy Thursday, in a report certain to fuel the debate over the administration's counterterrorism program after officials this week detailed the legal rationale for

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The Washington Post: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

Targeted drone strikes have become a centerpiece of the Obama administration's counterterrorism policy, but a new report issued by a bipartisan panel of former intelligence and defense officials has concluded the approach constitutes a "slippery slope" toward a state of never-ending

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Rachel Stohl quoted in the Washington Post on CAR’s iTrace weapons tracking system

June 25, 2014

Rachel Stohl, a senior associate with the Stimson Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiatives who specializes in international arms trade, emphasized the need for programs like iTrace. Such tools - and preventive measures - can be used to reduce the likelihood of another

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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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