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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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Alan D. Romberg quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on the China-Taiwan meeting

February 14, 2014

Taiwan, China officials in historic meeting

For decades, the Taiwan Strait, which separates mainland China from the island of Taiwan, was considered one of the most likely spots on the globe for military hostilities to break out. Now that seems less likely than ever before.

The

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in Voice of America on China and Taiwan officials’ symbolic meeting (video)

February 14, 2014

China, Taiwan Progress Will Take Time

WASHINGTON - China and Taiwan, at odds for more than six decades, have taken a symbolic step forward with the highest level talks since the end of China's civil war in 1949.

But significant reconciliation between the former bitter rivals is

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Stimson work is cited in Foreign Policy on diplomatic training of political ambassadors

February 14, 2014

Defending Indefensible Political Ambassadors 

America and the world were once again treated this week to the tawdry spectacle of wholly unqualified people being anointed by politicians to "serve" the country abroad, spending taxpayers' money to plump their self-importance, and

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Gordon Adams is qutoed in Fortuna’s Corner on the Pentagon’s 2015 budget

February 14, 2014

At The Pentagon, Pre-Emptive Budget Strikes

Lawmakers are trying to strong-arm the Pentagon into saving favored programs and pet projects ahead of the release of its 2015 budget next month.

Projects on the do-not-touch list include the Navy's 11-carrier fleet - defended by Rep. Randy

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Gordon Adams is quoted in The Hill on the Pentagon’s belt-tightening for the 2015 budget

February 12, 2014

At Pentagon, pre-emptive budget strikes

Lawmakers are trying to strong-arm the Pentagon into saving favored programs and pet projects ahead of the release of its 2015 budget next month.

Projects on the do-not-touch list include the Navy's 11-carrier fleet - defended by Rep. Randy

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Michael Krepon is quoted in The Week on the military space capabilities of the US and China

February 12, 2014

The U.S. is in an under-the-radar space race with China - and it's losing

The Jade Rabbit is the cute face of China's space program; from its initial "soft" landing on the moon to engineering complications that mean it may never "reawaken" from its "first lunar slumber," the unmanned

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Alan D. Romberg is quoted in Foreign Policy on the first China-Taiwan meeting in 65 years

February 12, 2014

An Offer They Can't Refuse

In the game of chess, there's a concept called "forced mate." The term refers to one side maneuvering its pieces to guarantee victory in a set number of moves, regardless of what the opponent does.

On Feb. 11, representatives of the Chinese and Taiwanese

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Mona Yacoubian is quoted in Syria:direct on Hezbollah intervention in Syria

February 11, 2014

A-Nusra calls Lebanon bombing ‘retaliatory measure'

AMMAN: The Lebanese branch of al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat a-Nusra has claimed credit for a car bombing in the Lebanese town of Hermel that killed three on Saturday just miles from the border with Syria, as repercussions from

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