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Akriti Vasudeva’s Op-ed in Foreign Policy on India

October 08, 2015

Supporters of the U.S.-India defense relationship have had a lot to celebrate in recent weeks. After a three-year wait, last week the Indian government finally inked an agreement to procure 37 helicopters from Boeing worth about $3 billion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government

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Alex Bollfrass’s Op-ed in The Washington Post Blog on Iran nuclear deal

October 07, 2015

Iran's deal with the members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany survived Israeli, Republican and Arab criticism over an endless nuclear-themed summer. As the fight continues, the debate can only be improved with a deeper historical understanding of the difficulties the nations

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in Pacific Forum CSIS on China-Russia relations

October 07, 2015

Western assessments of the China-Russia relationship generally reach one of two conclusions: hyperventilation about a Beijing-Moscow alliance that aims to upend the existing international order or a blithe dismissal of a temporary meeting of minds and interests. Neither position

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Ellen Laipson’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on Iran and UNGA

October 06, 2015

At last week’s United Nations General Assembly opening, many observers were keeping a close eye on how the key players spoke of the Iran nuclear agreement and its implications for regional security and even world peace. Strikingly, both the U.S. and Iranian leaders were positive but

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Michael Krepon’s Op-ed in Arms Control Wonk on Decent Intervals

October 05, 2015

During his first term, President Obama set about to extricate the United States from the wars he inherited from George W. Bush. Not surprisingly, getting out has proved to be harder than getting in. His second term’s agenda has been spent seizing opportunities while seeking to avoid

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on Japan’s Defense Industry

October 02, 2015

On October 1, 2015, the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) implemented a major reorganization. The reorganization effort focuses on streamlining a policy- and decision-making processes on two of its key functions — operation of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and acquisition of

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Nate Olson quoted in POLITICO on Cyber Deal with China

October 02, 2015

THE NEGLECTED CYBER ANGLE ON THE CHINA DEAL

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Much of the attention on last week’s cyber deal with China has focused on whether that agreement will actually curtail Chinese economic espionage; while that’s important, the Stimson Center’s Nate Olson tells MC that there’s a

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Laicie Heeley quoted in The Military Times on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

October 02, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has not been a public figure on defense issues in recent years, but he is now poised to become a key influencer on every Pentagon decision that passes through Congress for years to come.

The five-term California Republican is the frontrunner to

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Courtney Weatherby’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on Myanmar’s Election

September 30, 2015

Shortly after the two-month campaign season leading up to Myanmar’s much-awaited national elections started, the Union Election Commission (UEC) announced on September 11 that 124 candidates did not pass scrutiny and would be barred from running for office. Many were opposition and

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Albright, Gambari Urge UN Reform at Columbia World Leader’s Forum

September 30, 2015

As the U.N. General Assembly convenes this week for its 70th session, the Co-Chairs of the Commission on Global Security Justice & Governance - former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political

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Yun Sun quoted in Straits Times on Xi Jinping’s pledges

September 30, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged money and troops to the United Nations development and peacekeeping efforts as he used his maiden appearance at the UN General Assembly to present China as a benevolent global force.

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Senior associate with the East Asia Programme at the

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Ellen Laipson’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on UNGA

September 29, 2015

As world leaders begin the annual marathon that is the United Nations General Assembly opening session for the 70th time, expect the rhetoric to be both sober and soaring. The institution is caught between honest assessments of its shortcomings and grandiose pronouncements of its

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in CNN on Child Soldiers

September 28, 2015

When the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) abducts boys from Friday prayers at mosques or indoctrinates children as young as 10 to become fighters or suicide bombers, there is little the United States can do.

But when recipients of U.S. military aid recruit

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Yun Sun’s academic paper in KINU on Chinese Attitudes toward Korean Unification

September 28, 2015

Although China officially supports unification of the Korean Peninsula, it essentially maintains a two Koreas policy. Beijing sustains this approach because even as the burdens and dangers of the status quo on the peninsula increase, it judges that the risks of unification are

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Sameer Lalwani’s Op-ed in DNA India on “A Normal Nuclear Pakistan” report

September 26, 2015

In June, the current US administration endorsed the idea to”integrate Pakistaninto the international nonproliferation regime.” In step with this goal, two Washington think tanks — the Stimson Center and the Carnegie Endowment — released the report “A Normal NuclearPakistan” in late

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Sameer Lalwani’s Op-ed in Hindustan Times on Pakistan and India

September 23, 2015

After effectively “scuppering” the much-anticipated meeting between the Indian and Pakistani national security advisers in late August, observers noted that the Narendra Modi government had “abandoned” comprehensive talks for circumscribed dialogue. A number of pundits applauded
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Johanna Mendelson-Forman quoted in Eater on Conflict Cafes

September 23, 2015

In an underground skate park housed beneath London's Waterloo station, there lies a pop-up restaurant. It's not a literal underground supper club or temporary home to a rogue chef in need of kitchen space. This is Conflict Café, a month-long pop-up restaurant that uses food as a

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Ellen Laipson’s Op-ed in World Politics Review regarding Pope Francis

September 22, 2015

The Pope’s visit to the United States this week will include an unprecedented address to the U.S. Congress, opening our eyes to how much has changed in the way religion has become part of American politics and international relations. The head of the Catholic Church has long been

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Michael Krepon’s Op-ed in Arms Control Wonk on Stanislav Petrov

September 22, 2015

Stanislav Petrov’s story is about to be featured in a new movie, The Man Who Saved the World. This title suggests more than the usual artistic license, but if license weren’t granted when dealing with the Apocalypse, then where would the film industry be? My own choice for the

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