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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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Independent Euro Daily Express cites Stimson study on wildlife crime for story on whistleblower site

February 11, 2014

Website Welcomes Wildlife Trafficking Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (IPS) - A group of international organisations fighting illicit wildlife trafficking has unveiled a new website aimed at assisting whistleblowers who want to aid in the fight against wildlife crimes.

WildLeaks,

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David Michel is interviewed by the BBC about increased stresses on water resources in Iran (video)

February 10, 2014

David Michel, senior associate and director of Stimson's Environmental Security program, was interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation on the serious threat of increased stress on water resources in Iran. The introduction is in Persian, and the interview is in English

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Michael Krepon quoted in Defense Daily Network on the threat of debris to US satellites

February 10, 2014

U.S. Protected Satellites Lack Throughput For Success In Conventional Operations, Expert Says

Ashley Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense and Asian strategic issues, told a House panel Jan. 28

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on China’s contribution between development finance and aid to Africa is published

February 10, 2014

China's Aid to Africa: Monster or Messiah?

In recent years, China's economic presence in Africa has led to a heated debate, some of it well-informed and some of it not, about the nature of Chinese involvement and its implications for the continent. The debate is partially motivated

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Barry Blechman’s commentary is published in The Daily Climate on rethinking UN climate negotiations

February 10, 2014

Time to look beyond the UN climate negotiations

A top-down, consensus-driven process involving 195 negotiating parties isn't likely to slow greenhouse gas emissions. Society's success curbing nuclear weapons offers a better paradigm.

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry should

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Russell Rumbaugh is quoted in National Defense on the defense budget after 2015

February 07, 2014

Defense Spending After 2015: It's Anyone's Guess

The powers-that-be must soon make a decision on how to cut military spending before sequestration returns in 2016.

If this sounds like déjà vu all over again, it's because it is, said Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House

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Michael Krepon is quoted in Epoch Times on the potential space threat from China

February 07, 2014

US Alert to China Space Threat

Reliance on satellites is the Achilles's heel of America's military might, and China is making anti-satellite weapons a key focus in its military development. The United States is waking up to the threat: over the course of 11 days recently, Congress

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Mona Yacoubian interviewed at the Council On Foreign Relations on Syria civilian human rights issue

February 07, 2014

Can Syrian Talks Inch Forward?

Although violence continues across Syria and the first round of the peace talks in Geneva yielded no progress, Syria expert Mona Yacoubian says that diplomacy is complex and negotiations will be "a months-long process." With the next round of talks

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Michael Krepon gives talk on Space and Security at UC Berkeley

February 06, 2014

Michael Krepon gave a talk on "Anti-Satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations" at UC Berkeley on Thursday, February 6. For more information on the event, click here.

The United States and China are competing more intensely in space and at sea. China has become

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Alison Giffen’s op-ed on civilian protection in South Sudan is published at CNN World

February 06, 2014

How the U.N. should handle South Sudan

Tens of thousands of people in fear for their lives are sheltering inside six United Nations bases in the world's youngest country, South Sudan. They have fled to these "safe havens" to escape the violence of a civil war that has been tearing

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Gordon Adams is quoted in Politico on how the Afghanistan mission is affecting DoD budgeting

February 05, 2014

President huddles with DoD on Afghanistan - What's in the Pentagon's $26 billion investment fund? - Defense industry invests in incumbents

WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA: It's a busy day on Capitol Hill, with hearings on everything from the Coast Guard to Iran's nuclear program. The Senate

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Mona Yacoubian is quoted in Globalpost on the perpetrators of the Syrian chemical attacks

February 05, 2014

Syria chemical attacks: The controversy continues

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - Ted Postol is mad, and he doesn't care who knows it.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist is convinced that the White House pushed the country to the brink of military action in Syria on the basis

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