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Chairman’s Forum event cited in The Hill

May 04, 2015

The chief of U.S. special operations forces said Friday there is "great concern" about the disruption of the counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  

"I think there's a very great concern ... especially for that strain of al Qaeda in the Arabian

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Stimson’s Chairman’s Forum event cited in Associated Press

May 04, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top commander of U.S. special operations forces is expressing "very great concern" about losing a presence on the ground in Yemen, where his forces had been working with Yemeni forces against al-Qaida's affiliate there.

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Huffington Post on control of US drone program

May 04, 2015

WASHINGTON -- After last week’s tragic news that an errant CIA drone strike had mistakenly taken out an American and an Italian hostage in Pakistan, critics of the spies’ program -- who have long argued the targeted killings should strictly fall in the military’s wheelhouse --

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Stimson’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy report cited in New Yorker

May 04, 2015

“Look at that,” Julie Taymor said, stepping out onto Lafayette Street from the Public Theatre. She was pointing at the sidewalk. “Two gloves on the ground. What is that about?” She kept walking, but the image lingered. When Taymor directs, she begins with an “ideograph”—a symbol that

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Alan Romberg quoted in Yonhap News on Korea-Japan relations

May 01, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Yonhap) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears set to end his visit to the United States, keeping intact a much-denounced record he has maintained since taking office: Never apologizing for the country's wartime sexual slavery.

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Alan Romberg, a

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Yun Sun quoted in Myanmar Times on the Wa summit in Myanmar

May 01, 2015

The United Wa State Army, the most powerful of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups, today launches a week-long summit of selected factions to discuss the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement reached with the government on March 31.

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Yun Sun, an analyst with the Stimson Center in

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Bloomberg on China reaction to US-Japan alliance

April 28, 2015

Japan and the U.S bolstered their strategic alliance for the first time in almost two decades as they seek to respond to China’s increasingly assertive posturing in the Asia-Pacific region.

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While China is sure to protest the strengthening of the alliance, the effect on ties

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Washington Examiner on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 28, 2015

President Obama is rolling out the red carpet for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday, hoping the visit will help revive his Asia pivot and push a massive new trade pact over the finish line in Congress.

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"[Abe] is very adamant about TPP and other parts of his domestic

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Christian Science Monitor on drone accountability

April 27, 2015

Barack Obama became commander in chief vowing to end America’s foreign wars as quickly as possible. Instead, he found those politically unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shifting into something else – violent conflict with different boundaries (or no boundaries), enemies from

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Newsmax on the US drone program

April 27, 2015

Thursday's revelations by the Obama administration that two hostages had been accidentally killed in a drone attack in Pakistan served as a stark reminder that despite his pledge to end the wars Iraq and Afghanistan, America finds itself more, not less, involved in global conflicts.

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on Abe’s visit

April 27, 2015

On April 22, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at the Asian-African Conference commemorating the original “Bandung Conference.” In the speech, he discussed Japan’s strong commitment to upholding widely-accepted international principles such as “(r)efraining from acts or

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David Michel quoted in Vice on water scarcity in the Middle East

April 27, 2015

Al Qaeda is building wells in Yemen, ISIS is trying to capture dams in Iraq, and Hezbollah doled out cans of H2O in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Israel. Until the Middle East's colossal water crisis is alleviated, militant and extremist groups may continue to exploit the shortage

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Barry Blechman quoted in Arizona Daily Star on the A-10

April 27, 2015

Tucson should push for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to become a Central Operations Base instead of relying on flying missions for its long-term survival, according to a new city-commissioned study.

The study, done by Barry Blechman of the nonpartisan Stimson Center, recommends that

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Johan Bergenas’ Op-ed in Politico on fishing wars in Asia

April 21, 2015

In 2012, Beijing transformed a Soviet-era hulk into its first aircraft carrier, a major step in the country’s military build-up. Now, Chinese officials are confirming they won’t make any more trips to the old aircraft-carrier bazaar but are instead constructing a second naval

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Yun Sun quoted in China Dialogue on China’s new silk road

April 20, 2015

China recently unveiled an action plan for its controversial One Belt, One Road initiative to link its economy with the rest of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  Known as the ‘new silk roads’, it combines new infrastructure networks of roads, railway lines, ports to

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Johan Bergenas’ Op-ed in the Washington Post on illegal wildlife trafficking

April 20, 2015

Poaching has a long history in the United States and abroad, with armed conflicts dating back to the Oyster Wars of the 1800s. But the illegal wildlife trade has skyrocketed in recent years, and the threat of species loss looms large. The trade has changed as it’s grown, and

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Brian Finlay in CEIP panel on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

April 20, 2015

For several years efforts to strengthen the norm against nuclear testing and to advance the entry into force of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty have seemed to stall. Various narratives purport to explain the perceived lack of progress: obstructionism by several key states in

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Gordon Adams’ op-ed in Foreign Policy on Iran and the US administrations

April 15, 2015

One of the things that struck me about George W. Bush’s foreign policy was that it was clear and consistent, both in goals and in implementation. In policy, you knew what he was for; you knew what he was against. The themes were clear: nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and

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Michael Krepon’s column in Arms Control Wonk on the Iran Deal, critiques and rebuttals

April 14, 2015

Critics are trying to have it both ways: The Obama administration’s framework agreement is bad because it fanaticizes improved Iranian behavior. Or the agreement is bad because it won’t change Iranian behavior. Both critiques are wide of the mark. This agreement has a narrow but

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