Ellen Laipson appears on NPR’s On Point

Ellen Laipson was a guest on NPR's On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, to speak about President Obama's recent decision to remove US troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.

To listen to the recorded broadcast, click here.

 

Geneive Abdo quoted in US News & World Report on the Islamic State in Syria

September 17, 2014

Those who study the region agree that the Islamic State's potential access to chemical weapons would achieve one of the fundamental goals of a terrorist group.

"The strength of chemical and biological weapons is the fear factor," says Ben Connable, an intelligence analyst with the

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Alan Romberg quoted in Taipei Times on the likelihood of a US-Taiwan arms deal in the next year

September 15, 2014

There may be a new round of US arms sales to Taiwan next year, it was predicted on Friday at a Washington conference on cross-strait relations.

Experts refused to speculate on just what might be sold, but sources outside the conference said it was unlikely to include submarines

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Report co-authored by David Michel cited in Thomas Reuters Foundation

September 11, 2014

Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza. With such crises in the headlines, it is easy to forget about the structural challenges that threaten to become the foreign policy crises of the future. Among these, access to fresh water stands out. It is already contributing to many conflicts around the

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Al-Ahram on the War on Terror and post-9/11 discourse

September 11, 2014

On 20 September, 2002 - one year later - the Republican US president warned that the war on terror began with Al-Qaeda but "does not end there."

"It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated," stated Bush.

Geneive Abdo, a fellow in

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James McKeon’s primer on Scotland’s independence referendum published in World Post

September 10, 2014

The British newspapers published it on the front page, the stock markets reacted -- mostly negatively -- and the international coverage blasted off. What happened? The first poll in history showed support for Scottish independence above 50 percent, less than two weeks from the

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Michael Krepon’s column on establishing legal norms in space published in Space News

September 09, 2014

Norms are standards of proper or acceptable behavior. They establish expectations and clarify misbehavior, thereby helping to isolate, limit, and sanction bad behavior. Without norms, there are no norm-breakers. They can be codified in treaties and other legal instruments, or they

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Bloomberg News on Iran’s Khamenei and nuclear negotiations

September 08, 2014

Khamenei was hospitalized as his country and world powers try to craft a final accord meant to banish global concerns about the nature of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Iran denies charges that its civilian nuclear program is a cover to

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Yun Sun quoted in AsiaOne on concerns over China-led infrastructure bank

August 31, 2014

The United States has raised concerns with China over its recently proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), questioning whether the lender would ensure that its projects meet global standards for good governance and environmental protection.

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Said Ms Yun Sun, a

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Bloomberg on Abe’s policy on women working

August 31, 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a struggle to find enough female politicians to meet his own target on promoting women in a cabinet shakeup this week that will also expand the defense and security portfolio.

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“If he can’t increase the number of women in his cabinet, it looks

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Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project Information Sheet cited in World Mic

August 30, 2014

The news: Extremists flying the banner of the Islamic State have some serious hardware, ranging from captured Iraqi munitions to armored Humvees originally purchased by the United States. But one item recovered from an IS safehouse by moderate rebels contains instructions to create

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Brian Finlay quoted in Tampa Bay Times on use of tear gas

August 29, 2014

Law enforcement officers in Ferguson, Mo., used tear gas extensively in the wake of the police-shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed African-American. The conflict in Ferguson led one PolitiFact reader to ask us to check the accuracy of a social-media meme now

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Rachel Stohl’s op-ed on the need for a global response to the arms trade published in ISN Zurich

August 21, 2014

On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine. While the specific details of the crash remain unclear, it is believed that the commercial airliner was struck by a surface-to-air antiaircraft missile of Russian origin, presumably fired

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James McKeon’s op-ed on the prospect of nuclear disarmament in an independent Scotland

August 20, 2014

On September 18, the residents of Scotland will determine whether to remain in the United Kingdom or become independent for the first time since 1707. On the surface, this referendum seems to only affect those living in the United Kingdom, but a more detailed look reveals an issue

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VIDEO: Yuki Tatsumi joins a C-SPAN panel on South Korea-Japan issues

August 19, 2014

AUGUST 19, 2014

South Korea-Japan Issues

Panelists talked about some of the unresolved historical issues between South Korea and Japan, including Japan's occupation of Korea from 1910-1945.

"South Korea-Japan Tensions Undermine Allied Security Interests" was a panel of the Heritage

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s column marking 100 years of the Panama Canal published in VOXXI

August 18, 2014

One hundred years after the opening of the Panama Canal, the waterway is again the subject of a new controversy as Chinese investors seek to create an alternate path between the seas through Nicaragua.

Ironically, the original 1897 plans to construct this path between the seas were

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Alan Romberg quoted in The Diplomat on the prospect of reevaluating US-DPRK relations

August 18, 2014

A few weeks back, at a time when the minds of most foreign affairs watchers in D.C. were on conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, the State Department's two top diplomats in charge of North Korea policy, Glyn Davies and Robert King, testified in front of the House Foreign

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Gerson Sher’s letter in Science Magazine on “Science diplomacy and beyond”

August 14, 2014

I READ WITH interest and sympathy the Editorial “Warming U.S.-Russia relations” (C. A. Campbell, 20 June, p. 1323). I agree about the importance of science diplomacy, an endeavor to which I devoted over 40 years of my career in both the public and nonprofit sectors, specifically in

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Michael Krepon’s column on responding to Russian treaty violations published in Arms Control Wonk

August 11, 2014

Gray-haired readers of ACW will remember when the acronym RSVP was treaty-related. During the first term of the Reagan administration, arms-control opponents compiled a long list of the Kremlin's treaty violations and circumventions, real or imagined. They then commissioned studies

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Yun Sun quoted in The Myanmar Times on rising tensions in the South China Sea

August 10, 2014

"Myanmar officials have vowed privately to avoid another 'Cambodia incident'," said Yun Sun, a fellow with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

"But at the same time, they also made it clear that it will not allow Vietnam and Philippines to turn ASEAN into

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Richard Cronin named to the DOS Lower Mekong Initiative Eminent and Expert Persons Group

August 09, 2014

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

August 9, 2014

On August 9, 2014, Secretary John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong partner countries launched the LMI Eminent and Expert Persons Group at the LMI Ministerial Meeting. As a first priority,

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