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Geneive Abdo quoted in Deutsche Welle on the potential for a diplomatic solution to Syrian conflict

May 14, 2014

Wanted: The next Syrian envoy

UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi had toyed with the thought for a long time before the chief diplomat for Syria took the step and announced his resignation, effective at the end of May 2014.

"He has faced almost impossible odds with the

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Stimson event cited in The Forecaster on the history of bungled American arms deals

May 14, 2014

The Right View: Iran Contra, Benghazi, and the media matter

When will we ever learn? Show me a time in history where gun running by the United States government has resulted in a positive outcome.

While I don't doubt the Gipper's heartfelt desire to eradicate communism back in the

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Russell Rumbaugh interviewed by C-SPAN about the impact of spending cuts on U.S. military readiness

May 13, 2014

Military Pay and Benefits

Russell Rumbaugh talked about pay and benefits for active military personnel. The previous week, several members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to advocate for changes in compensation. They were concerned

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Geneive Abdo interviewed by Al Jazeera on a recent spate of Iranian media blackouts

May 13, 2014

Iran Censorship

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Barry Blechman is cited in New Security Beat on negotiating methods for climate change activists

May 13, 2014

Time to Get Creative: Cold War Lessons for Climate Negotiators

You might wonder what the Cold War has to do with climate change, but as I listened last month to historian James Graham Wilson talk about the "triumph of improvisation" that ended the nearly 50-year stare-down between

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Stimson Center is presented about its 25 years history in Inside Philanthropy

May 12, 2014

Four Reasons the Stimson Center Has Remained a Grant Magnet for 25 Years

The Henry L. Stimson Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary and it has aged well. In fact, it looks maahhh-velous. Stimson is the thinking person's think tank and is still pulling in tons of grants, while

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Yun Sun is quoted in Wall Street Journal on Sino-Myanmar relation by the summit of Southeast Asia

May 12, 2014

China Rocks Myanmar's Diplomatic Boat

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar-Myanmar had hoped that this weekend's summit of Southeast Asian leaders, the first it has hosted, would be a celebration of the country's progress since the end of military rule.

Instead, it is facing a major diplomatic test,

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Russell Rumbaugh is quoted in Defense News on US Air Force’s projection with defense budget

May 12, 2014

USAF Faces More Tough Choices in 2016

WASHINGTON - When the US Air Force unveiled its budget in early March, it presented an unusual two-tier projection. The first was the normal five-year defense program. The second was a list of items that would be endangered if sequestration

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Michael Krepon is quoted in DAWN on conventiaonl South Asian arms competition

May 12, 2014

Dangers of nuclear discrimination

A NUCLEAR South Asia became a more dangerous place when the Bush administration ‘de-hyphenated' policy towards India and Pakistan. India was favoured with civilian nuclear cooperation and given support for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group,

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Michael Krepon column on effect of psychology on deterrence strategy published in Arms Control Wonk

May 09, 2014

The Psychology of Deterrence

Henry Kissinger wrote two early, influential books on the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy (1957) and The Necessity for Choice (1960). I bought these used books at bargain-basement prices at the Princeton University bookstore. The name on the

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Yun Sun is quoted in the Global Post on Sino-African relations and the Chinese PM’s visit

May 09, 2014

China ups its game in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When Chinese premier Li Keqiang announced a laundry list of pledges to Africa this week, there was an unexpected item: $10 million for preserving African wildlife.

It comes at a time when Chinese demand for elephant ivory

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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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