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Johan Bergenas and Jillian Foerster brief on environmental crime published in World Politics Review

May 09, 2014

Putting Environmental Crimes on the Defense and Security Agenda

Last month, amid nonstop coverage of the Ukrainian crisis and an onslaught of domestic U.S. issues, the New York Times published an editorial urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to comply with international

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed on the aftermath of Obama’s Asia trip published by Political Studies Association

May 07, 2014

Obama's "reactive" Asia trip

Between April 23-25, 2014, President Obama visited Japan and South Korea, the US' key allies in Northeast Asia. It was fair to say that the visits were uneventful; no big announcements and no groundbreaking policy speeches.

Usually, no news is good

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Cheryl Ramp quoted in The New York Times on the practice of disclosing donors among research groups

May 07, 2014

Major Research Groups Are Given Low Marks on Disclosing Donors

WASHINGTON - The conservative-leaning Hoover Institution, based in California, and the liberal Center for American Progress, based in Washington, are polar opposites in terms of political leanings. But according to a

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Stimson Event cited by Council on Hemispheric Affairs report on U.S. military bases in Latin America

May 07, 2014

Geosecurity 101: Washington and Moscow‘s Military Bases in Latin America

In spite of ongoing tensions in Ukraine, which have seriously soured relations between Russia and the U.S. & Europe, Moscow has not altogether forgotten the Western Hemisphere. A case in point is the recent

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Yun Sun is cited in Bloomberg Businessweek on Chinese Premier Li’s first visit to Africa

May 07, 2014

China's Premier Li Goes to Africa

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is visiting Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola, and Kenya this week in his first trip to Africa since assuming office. Accompanying him is his wife, Cheng Hong, who is making her first public appearance on a diplomatic

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed assessing President Obama’s Asian tour is published in The Japan News

May 06, 2014

Obama's Asia trip: manifestation of its own limits

On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama finished his four-country Asia trip. The trip was evenly divided between Northeast Asia (Japan and South Korea) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia and the Philippines). With the exception of a new

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Ellen Laipson is cited in The Daily Beast on the lack of media exposure for female national security

May 06, 2014

Do Women Need to Lean In to Be Experts on Network TV?

It was back in 2008 when Ellen Laipson-president of the Stimson Center, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C., focused on international security-says it dawned on her how much the world was changing for women and national

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Russell Rumbaugh and John Cappel analysis of DoD sequestration cited in Council on Foreign Relation

May 05, 2014

Weekend Reader

Locking down the facts on the FY15 defense budget-before Congress wades into the fight. Russ Rumbaugh and John Cappell, of the Stimson Center, have released a superb analysis of the Budget Control Act's ("sequestration") real impact on defense planning through FY21.

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Russell Rumbaugh and John Cappel’s analysis of sequestration and the DoD is cited in Foreign Policy

May 05, 2014

FP's Situation Report

Meantime, for Stimson, Russell Rumbaugh and John Cappel take on DoD's sequester report, here.

Sexual assault report raises ire on the Hill. The Hill's Kristina Wong: "A new Pentagon report showing a 50 percent surge in sexual assault reports in the military last

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Michael Krepon’s column on brewing controversy over Open Skies treaty published in Arms Control Wonk

May 05, 2014

Open Skies

On March 24, 1985, Major Arthur D. Nicholson, Jr. was shot in the chest by a Soviet sentry while observing a tank shed near Ludwigslust, in East Germany. The 1947 Potsdam Agreement for the military occupation and reconstruction of Germany made provision for US, UK, French

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Stimson study on communications between intelligence agencies and media cited in the Washington Post

May 05, 2014

Clapper's gag order could hurt intelligence analysts more than journalists

The recent directive from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. essentially banning contacts between members of the intelligence community and the media has been criticized for undermining the

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Michael Krepon is cited in OpEdNews on competitive nuclear armament in South Asia

May 05, 2014

Nuclear Capability and National Security

Nuclear weapons, since their induction into arsenals, have generated many concepts. In contemporary scenario, the rationales share these concepts in analyzing the nuclear competition in South Asia. There are many questions regarding Pakistan's

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Richard Cincotta is cited in a New Security Beat survey of the demographic context of democracy

May 01, 2014

What Can Demography Tell Us About the Advent of Democracy?

Democracy is fickle. Many of the competing theories on the best ways to foment and consolidate plural, inclusive governance or predict its rise and fall focus on political and economic forces. Yet a small group of

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Yun Sun is quoted in The Irrawaddy on the controversy over the Myitsone dam project

May 01, 2014

China's New Economic Priorities Offer ‘Exit Strategy' on Myitsone Dam

New financial constraints imposed by Beijing to deal with China's bloated economy could lead to the controversial Myitsone hydroelectric dam project in northern Burma being quietly abandoned.

The Naypyidaw

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Michael Krepon is cited in The Nation on nuclear doctrine and strategy in South Asia

April 30, 2014

Dangerous trends in nuclear South Asia

Negotiations between militants and Pakistan's government which launched in February have reached a critical impasse. Both sides are hoping that the other will be the one to break the fragile truce.

If peace is ultimately achieved, which

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Michael Krepon’s column on Pakistan’s future as a normal nuclear state is published in Arms Contro

April 30, 2014

A Normal, Nuclear Pakistan

Mark Fitzpatrick is a highly respected, careful chronicler of nuclear proliferation. His monograph of A.Q. Khan's activities is required reading. So, too, is his latest, Overcoming Pakistan's Nuclear Dangers, in which he recommends that Pakistan be

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Yun sun is quoted in Business Day on Sino-African relations after decades of booming trade

April 30, 2014

China ‘like a brother' to Africa, says former envoy as US summit approaches

If President Barack Obama wants free advice on how the US can start catching up with China's record-breaking trade with Africa, here it is: "You must take Africa as an equal. This is the basic condition of

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Johanna Mendelson Forman column on the role of women in security sector published in Building Peace

April 30, 2014

It's Time to Change the Narrative on Women and Security

This year, the United Nations declared "inspiring change" as the theme of its activities for International Women's Day (March 8) in order to commemorate the evolving role of women globally. It is especially appropriate since it

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Gordon Adams’s column on defense budgeting is published in Foreign Policy

April 29, 2014

Through the Fiscal Looking Glass

Gabriel García Márquez died this month and Lewis Carroll has been dead for decades, now. But the memory of magical and upside down thinking, which they captured so well, lives on in the Pentagon. The Pentagon planning machinery (and the congressional

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A Stimson study on the necessity of modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal is cited by Motherboard

April 29, 2014

America's Nuclear Arsenal Still Runs Off Floppy Disks

America just got a reminder that its nuclear arsenal is old and getting older. On last night's 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl met two "missileers" charged with watching over and controlling Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic

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