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Johan Bergenas quoted in Washington Examiner on the Islamic State

February 09, 2015

President Obama’s national security strategy, unveiled Friday, outlined no change in strategy for dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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“It's definitely a stay-the-course approach because a long-term strategy with sustained military and economic tools is what's

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Johan Bergenas quoted in US News and World report on US National Security Strategy

February 09, 2015

Anyone looking for specific direction on what the U.S. government hopes to achieve abroad, and how it plans to achieve it, likely won't receive any more clarity as of Friday.

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“It’s not a political document, it’s a strategic document that reflects a broader strategy of smart

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Ellen Laipson quoted in Diplomatic Courier on Syria’s leaders

February 09, 2015

 

 

Although Iran has claimed that the aims of its nuclear program are peaceful, these statements have not been viewed as credible in the West. These fears worsened in 2012 after reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Iran was producing uranium

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Barry Blechman’s Op-ed in Roll Call on nuclear visions and budgets

February 09, 2015

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request continues the political gamesmanship that has plagued the U.S. government for five years. Exceeding legislated budget caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary spending by $75 billion, the president is show- boating for his

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Barry Blechman’s Op-ed in Roll Call on nuclear visions and budgets

February 09, 2015

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request continues the political gamesmanship that has plagued the U.S. government for five years. Exceeding legislated budget caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary spending by $75 billion, the president is show- boating for his

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Michael Krepon’s column in Arms Control Wonk on world leaders visiting South Asia

February 06, 2015

Trend lines on the subcontinent have become more pronounced after President Obama’s visit as chief guest at the Republic Day parade and reports of Chinese President’s Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit for Republic Day celebrations in Pakistan. The juxtaposition of Obama’s visit in New

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick in ISN on the use of child soldiers

February 06, 2015

It has been almost one year since Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict, launched the “Children, Not Soldiers” campaign. This two year effort “seeks to galvanize support to end and prevent the recruitment and use of

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Matthew Leatherman’s op-ed in The Hill on military compensation

February 05, 2015

Over the past ten days, Congress has received two reports that, taken together, raise the possibility of changing regular service-member’s compensation in favor of preserving layers of management above them and the missions those managers assign to them. Small surprise that their

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Joshua T White’s op-ed in Foreign Policy on India and US new partnership

February 05, 2015

President Barack Obama’s visit to India for Republic Day may mark an inflection point in U.S.-India relations. The symbolism of the invitation alone was unmistakable: in one bold gesture, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept aside the cautious, zero-sum politics of the last

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Yun Sun quoted in Today Online on China’s improving relations with India

February 04, 2015

BEIJING — China and Russia have agreed to back a long-standing proposal by India at the United Nations to punish those who shelter and finance terrorism, a move which could upset neighbouring Pakistan.

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"The agreement is significant in that it indicates China's support of

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Yuki Tatsumi interviewed in CNN on ISIS

February 03, 2015

COSTELLO: Kimberly Dozier is a CNN global affairs analyst, Lieutenant General Mark Hertling is a CNN military analyst and Yuki Tatsumi is a senior associate. Senior associate in the East Asia program at the Stimson Center. Welcome to all of you.

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Matthew Leatherman quoted in International Business Times on the defense budget

February 03, 2015

President Barack Obama had some dire warnings for Congress when he proposed his $4 trillion budget Monday: Cut it, and the military and the economy will suffer. But budget experts said Obama's statement doesn’t reflect reality and is just the president defending his spending

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Geneive Abdo on upcoming CUNY TV broadcast

February 03, 2015

From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi'i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on diplomacy between Vietnam and China

February 03, 2015

American President Barack Obama might have trouble imagining that, far from his home country, he is being lionized in a way that might make North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un blush.
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“If the Vietnamese media and public are fishing for and satisfied with ‘words’ from [the US],
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Barry Blechman quoted in National Defense on the Presidential Budget

February 02, 2015

The White House is unveiling a funding plan for the Pentagon that kicks off another round of fiscal battles that have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration.  

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“I think the struggle will go on,” said Barry Blechman, distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center.

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Matthew Leatherman’s op-ed in The News and Observer on budget savings

February 02, 2015

As chief deputy whip this session, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry will be responsible for helping to hold together a fractious Republican bloc when signature legislation comes up for a vote in the House. At no time will that be harder, or more critical, than when it’s time to decide on

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Yun Sun quoted in Sputnik News on Chinese cybersecurity legislation

February 02, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 31 (Sputnik) — China's new enhanced cybersecurity policy is not only detrimental to global information technology (IT) sectors, but others, and could erode the diplomatic relationship between Washington and the People's Republic of China, experts told Sputnik

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Johan Bergenas and Ariella Knight’s op-ed in World Politics Review on the threats of illegal fishing

February 02, 2015

Environmental crime, despite being a more than $200 billion black market industry, has long been viewed as a tree hugger issue. However, an increasing body of evidence suggests that protecting our oceans, forests and wildlife is not only a matter of conservation, but one of global

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Yun Sun’s op-ed in The Mark News on illegal logging in Myanmar

January 29, 2015

the recent escalation of tensions in northern Myanmar – resulting from the military’s crackdown on illegal logging – once again brought Myanmar to the top of China’s list of foreign policy priorities.

Myanmar is the second-largest country in Southeast Asia. It became an independent

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Courtney Weatherby in Thanh Nien News on regional affairs in the Mekong River

January 29, 2015

Plans for the second dam across the lower Mekong River continue to put Laos on a collision course with its neighbors and environmentalists who fear a damning frenzy would sabotage the livelihoods, fish species and farmland of around 60 million people.
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“Laos can point to
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