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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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Michael Krepon is quoted in SpaceNews on China’s potential threat to US satellites

February 04, 2014

Panel Told of Growing Threat To U.S. Satellites from China

Seven years after it tested an anti-satellite weapon on one of its satellites, China's military poses an increasing threat to US space assets as it develops new counterspace technologies, witnesses warned members of the US

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Russell Rumbaugh is quoted in National Defense on US Air Force manpower cuts

February 03, 2014

Proposal to Cut Active-Duty Air Force Would Free up Funds for Equipment and Training

The math is still a bit fuzzy on exactly how much money the U.S. Air Force could save if it shifted jobs from the active-duty force to the National Guard and Reserve. But there are, for sure, big

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Johan Bergenas’ op-ed on environmental crime and terrorism is published in the Washington Post

February 03, 2014

Break the link between terrorism funding and poaching

There is a new threat in the terrorist hotbed of Africa, and the U.S. military can do much more to combat it. Poaching of endangered elephants and rhinos has become a conservation crisis, and profits from wildlife crimes are

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Michael Krepon is quoted in Arms Control Today on support for EU’s code of conduct for space

February 03, 2014

New Draft of Space Code Seen As Stronger

A new draft of the European Union's proposed international code of conduct for space "is a stronger, more useful document than its [June 2012] predecessor," according to a recent analysis by the Stimson Center.

The new draft, which was

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Stimson event on shoulder-launched missiles is cited in WorldNet Daily

February 03, 2014

U.S. failure created 'nightmare' threat to airliners?

At a conference here this week, former CIA Director David Petraeus warned of a "nightmare" scenario in which missile proliferation could provide terrorists the capability to shoot down a civilian airliner.

Unmentioned by Petraeus

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

January 31, 2014

Deferring the Inevitable

Beyond the emotional and tragic tale of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, President Barack Obama's State of the Union address didn't say much about defense, beyond an anodyne phrase: "And as we reform our defense budget, we have to keep faith with our men and women

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Mona Yacoubian participates in a discussion on Syria Peace Talks (video)

January 31, 2014

Making Sense of the Geneva II Syria Peace Talks

Nearly three years into Syria's civil war, representatives of the Assad regime and the Syrian National Coalition, along with delegations from the United States, Russia, and forty other interested nations, began peace negotiations in

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Yun Sun’s commentary on diplomatic relations between China and Iran is published in The Iran Primer

January 30, 2014

Iran and Asia 1: China Is The Quiet Giant

China is the quiet giant in the latest diplomatic campaign to prevent Iran from getting a bomb. As Tehran's largest trading partner, Beijing has enormous political and economic leverage over the Islamic Republic. As a veto-wielding member

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