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Yun Sun quoted in UPI on China’s deployment of a second oil rig in disputed waters

June 20, 2014

Yun Sun, a Chinese security analyst at Washington think tank Stimson Center, told Vietnam's Thanh Nien News the timing of the second rig's deployment was deliberate.

"The decision certainly suggests China's unwillingness to abandon its coercive approach," she said in an interview

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Yun Sun quoted in Eurasia Review on top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi’s visit to Hanoi

June 18, 2014

Yun Sun, an expert with the Washington-based Stimson Center, told RFA that China likely aims to discuss ways of decreasing tensions in the region and how the two sides might avoid confrontations in the future.

"China does try to at least present an image of a China willing to talk

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Joshua White’s review of “Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers” published in Arms Control Today

June 18, 2014

Since the earliest days following the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan in 1998, policymakers in the United States and Europe have struggled to envision a realistic path by which Pakistan might achieve some measure of nuclear normalization. Perhaps unexpectedly, the

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on intensifying maritime disputes in the South China Sea

June 17, 2014

"The US is committed as we can see from statements from Washington. The question is, would 'commitment rhetoric' stop China?" Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Washington-based think tank Stimson Center, told Thanh Nien News. "I personally don't think so. China is

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Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh’s op-ed on tactical nukes in Europe published in Foreign Affairs

June 17, 2014

In 1991, U.S. President George H. W. Bush decided to retire almost all the tactical nuclear weapons operated by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. His reasons were simple: these short-range weapons were militarily useless and imposed significant burdens on the armed forces in terms of

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in Defense News on the future of the A-10 jet

June 17, 2014

Keeping the A-10 requires an offset if Congress sticks with its capped budget, said Russell Rumbaugh, a defense analyst at the Stimson Center in Washington. But that doesn't mean the Air Force is afraid of pushing political buttons like the CRH, which they know remain popular on the

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Michael Krepon quoted in The American Bazaar on journalistic integrity in an unstable Pakistan

June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC: A joint statement, released by some of the biggest names in worldwide Middle Eastern and South Asian foreign affairs, lauds Pakistan for its efforts to maintain journalistic integrity as it combats a growing tide of violent extremism within the country.

 "At a time

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Michael Krepon’s column for Arms Control Wonk on recent developments in Indo-Pak relations

June 16, 2014

Events on the subcontinent are moving quickly, with uncertain outcomes. In short order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a resounding mandate. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended his oath-taking, a savvy symbolic gesture of potential import. One faction of the Pakistani Taliban

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Alan Romberg comments in China Review News on Zhang Zhijun’s visit to Taiwan (Chinese)

June 16, 2014

China Review News: "American specialist Alan Romberg comments on Zhang Zhijun's visit to Taiwan: To understand people's thinking"

To read the full article (in Chinese), click here

 

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Ellen Laipson quoted in BBC News on President Obama’s reaction to the Iraq conflict

June 13, 2014

Mr Obama proclaimed in a speech to cadets at West Point that isolation is not an option and that regional aggression cannot go unchecked.

He also made clear that terrorism, particularly of the radical Islamist persuasion, is the most direct threat to US interests and security.

In

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Michael Krepon’s column for Arms Control Wonk on looming foreign policy crises

June 11, 2014

The Republican Party in the United States has adopted positions on social issues and the environment that are at odds with those of the majority of the voting public. Their signature opposition to "Obamacare" is losing ground. Both parties gerrymander and receive large sums from

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Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes article on Taiwan’s need for formal alliances

June 11, 2014

The president of Sao Tome and Principe, a small nation off the coast of Africa, is presumed to be traveling in China this month. As ordinary as that sounds, the visit by the leader of a diplomatic ally of Taiwan has set off sirens in Taipei's foreign ministry. Sao Tome may be

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David Michel in the Hindu on maritime security and trade

June 10, 2014

Despite the U.S.A desiring that India play the role of a leader in Indian Ocean region, the latter was reluctant and did not want to exercise its hegemony in the region, P.K. Ghosh, of Observer Research Foundation said on Monday.

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The conference is being conducted by U.S.

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Barry Blechman’s op-ed for CNN on the importance of public-private cooperation in global security

June 10, 2014

On October 29, 2010, airplanes carrying two unremarkable packages left Yemen. Were it not for an eleventh-hour intelligence tip, the bomb inside each parcel, disguised by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb as a printer cartridge, likely would have continued to evade standard security

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David Michel quoted in the Business Standard on the challenges of maritime trade and security

June 10, 2014

With 71 per cent of the earth surface covered by oceans and one-third of oil consumed world-over located offshore, the importance of maritime trade and security would be discussed during a conference beginning here tomorrow.

Oceans cover 71 per cent of earth surface and today

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Johan Bergenas’ op-ed for Foreign Policy on public-private cooperation in combating poverty

June 10, 2014

Governments at the United Nations are in full swing designing the next blueprint for global development, the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The entire process is important, to be sure, but one particularly notable aspect is that governments are asking

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Michael Krepon interviewed at Voice Of America on the implied priorities of U.S. alliances by Obama

June 06, 2014

The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

After Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama recently outlined a shift in his handling of International affairs. In a major speech, the President said the United States should consider unilateral military action only when the nation or its allies are

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Johanna Mendelson Forman, Brian Finlay op-ed on aroused indignation in Brazil published in The Hill

June 06, 2014

Brazil's World Cup ennui

The mood in Brazil is sour. With the much-coveted World Cup games less than a month away, it is hard to find the joy among Brazilians about this upcoming global event. The absence of visual displays promoting the games in cities like Rio de Janeiro further

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Vikram Singh and Joshua White op-ed on imperative advices after Indian election published in CNN

June 06, 2014

How U.S. can reinvigorate India defense ties

By Vikram J. Singh and Joshua T. White, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Vikram J. Singh is vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. Joshua T. White is Deputy Director for South Asia

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2010 Stimson Spotlight by Andrew Houk cited in The Washington Institute on Afghan militants in Syria

June 05, 2014

Iran's Afghan Shiite Fighters in Syria

On May 22, the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was recruiting Afghan Shiite refugees to fight in Syria, promising them a salary of $500 per month as well as Iranian residency papers. The article

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