Mona Yacoubian contributed to a Foreign Policy.com roundtable on arming the opposition in Syria.

Mona Yacoubian contributed to a Foreign Policy.com roundtable on arming the opposition in Syria.
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Yun Sun quoted in Geopolitics on a US-Vietnam alliance

November 26, 2014

The recent tactical withdrawal of a giant Chinese oil rigfrom waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi does not herald a change in China’s strategy of staking out claims in large swaths of the South China Sea that have bedeviled the two ideologically communist allies over the past

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Barry Blechman op-ed in Foreign Policy on a nuclear deal with Iran

November 25, 2014

An agreement would have been preferable, of course. But it's not all bad news out of Vienna right now. The decision to extend until July the deadline for negotiations with Iran over the country's nuclear program is, essentially, a step in the right direction. And making these talks a

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Aditi Gorur op-ed in World Politics Review on crisis in South-Sudan

November 25, 2014

JUBA, South Sudan—South Sudan is in crisis. Following the outbreak of a civil war almost a year ago, the country has been devastated by widespread violence that is both politically and ethnically motivated. The international community’s ability to stop the violence rests in large

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Debra Decker op-ed in the Hill on terror insurance

November 25, 2014

Despite only a few gasps left until Congress adjourns this year, much still needs to be done.  Among the less publicly-noted items in this holiday limbo is terrorism risk insurance. This program that provides government support for insurers to cover terrorist attacks on commercial

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Gordon Adams op-ed in Foreign Policy on the Pentagon’s budget management

November 25, 2014

The secretary of defense is resigning midstream. It was not expected, but perhaps it is not surprising. While the bulk of the press coverage of his departure focuses on disagreements between the White House and the Pentagon on foreign-policy issues, notably options for dealing with

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on caging the Bomb

November 25, 2014

During this Thanksgiving season, let’s try something different: Rather than focus on doom and gloom, what hasn’t been accomplished and what irreconcilables are trying to undo, let’s focus on an improbable success story.

Despite the odds, prolonged efforts to cage the Bomb have been

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Richard Cronin quoted in the Daily New Nation on US’s opposing to the AIIB

November 24, 2014

The US has expressed reservations about the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, but some experts say opposing the newly established bank may not a wise choice for Washington.China and 20 other countries launched the AIIB on Oct. 24.

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The United States also is

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Gordon Adams quoted in Press TV on Republican takeover of Congress

November 22, 2014

Analysts were right to say that the Republican takeover of Congress bodes well for the war machine: already we see the levers of power slowly shifting in reverse, eager to get back to salad days of post-9/11 wartime spending.

But waiting in the wings, Hillary Clinton just may prove to

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed cited in the Strategist on Japan’s national security strategy

November 21, 2014

‘The warrior ethos is at risk!’ Headlining today’s round-up is a speech by the US Army’s Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster at a Veterans Day ceremony. Specifically, it’s worth reading the second half, which discusses the importance of the warrior ethos while ‘remaining connected to

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Stimson Commission on Global Security, Justice, & Governance cited in All Africa

November 20, 2014

Washington, DC — Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Gambari will chair a new commission focusing on conflict-affected states, the cyber economy, and climate change, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Stimson

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Ellen Laipson quoted in Kingdom of the Netherlands on new commission

November 20, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Gambari will chair a new commission focusing on conflict-affected states, the cyber economy, and climate change, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Stimson Center announced

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in East Asia Forum on Japan’s national security strategy

November 18, 2014

On 17 December 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued Japan’s first National Security Strategy (NSS). The document declares that Japan will make a more ‘proactive contribution to peace’ based on the principle of international cooperation. It also outlines three basic goals for

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on Turing and Oppenheimer

November 18, 2014

J. Robert Oppenheimer and Ernest Lawrence were worthy of a dual biography. Oppenheimer and Edward Teller will be forever intertwined. So why haven’t Oppenheimer and Alan Turing been joined at the hip? Both were brilliant pathfinders — Turing in mathematics, Oppenheimer in physics.

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Michael Krepon quoted in Newsweek on Congress’ no deal with Iran

November 17, 2014

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but when it comes to supporting Israel and its insistence on a complete end to Iran’s nuclear capacity, they might as well be sitting on the same side of the aisle. Over the past few years, numerous bills punishing Iran for

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Barry Blechman Op-ed in CNN on climate change

November 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has taken a lot of flak lately, some of which has been deserved. But there is one issue that history is likely to show that he deserves major props for innovation and courage -- climate change. Indeed, the deal concluded with China this week marks another

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Stimson’s “A New Way Forward” report cited in the National Interest

November 17, 2014

After almost fifteen years of unprecedented political stabilization and economic development in Africa, the ravages of Ebola and a spike in military coups in places like Burkina Faso and Mali are ominous signs of a continent backsliding under the weight of corruption and political

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in E-International Relations on Abe and Xi Jinping meeting

November 16, 2014

On November 10, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the sideline of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing. This was the first time the two leaders had met since Abe returned to power in December 2012 and Xi

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Bloomberg on opponent of U.S. Marine base win Okinawa Vote

November 16, 2014

A politician who wants a U.S. Marine base moved out of Okinawa won election as governor of the southern Japanese island chain, public broadcaster NHK said.

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A win by Onaga would affect the alliance, said Yuki Tatsumi, senior associate for East Asia at the Stimson Center

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Yun Sun quoted in the Straits Times on Xi Jinping and Abe meeting

November 14, 2014

There is a discernible note of cautious optimism in China over the impact of the first formal meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe on improving the dismal state of bilateral ties, with observers noting several more important factors are at

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in the Japan News on GOP Congress

November 14, 2014

On Nov. 4, American voters spoke out. They expressed their immense frustration on the state of the union by handing a landslide victory to the Republican Party. At the time of this writing, the Republican Party has secured 243 seats in the House of Representatives and 52 seats in the

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