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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Op-ed by Oussama Romdhani and Ellen Laipson in The Hill on ‘a Message of Hope from North Africa’

May 20, 2015

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi arrives in Washington this week, bringing an uplifting story of his small country's achievements along the road to democracy. In its 2015 report, Freedom House gave Tunisia the ranking of "free," only the second Arab country to achieve that global

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Ellen Laipson quoted in AFP on IS Group’s Seizure of Ramadi

May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON : The Islamic State group's seizure of Ramadi represents a painful blow to the US-led war against the jihadists, raising fresh doubts about Washington's war strategy and the military strength of its partners in Iraq.

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Ellen Laipson, president of the Stimson Center

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Yuki Tatsumi Interviewed for France 24 on Japan’s Pacifism

May 18, 2015

Japan has just held its first international arms fair, something that was almost unthinkable before conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in December 2012. The arms fair coincides with the start of a parliamentary debate over bills that could see Japanese troops

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Stimson’s “A New US Nuclear Policy” report cited in Fierce Homeland Security on Nuclear Weapon

May 17, 2015

The United States should minimize the role that nuclear weapons play in its security policy because they add few military options and provide "false hopes" that can be costly geopolitically as well as in human lives, according to a new report from the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japanese Defense Reform

May 16, 2015

On May 14, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a set of legislative packages that would change the operational parameters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). During a press conferenceheld on the same day, Abe explained that these legislative changes are absolutely

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Stimson’s “Task Force On US Drone Policy” report cited in Axis of Logic on Drone Use

May 16, 2015

President Barack Obama stood behind the podium and apologized for inadvertently killing two Western hostages - including one American - during a drone strike in Pakistan. Obama said, “one of the things that sets America apart from many other nations, one of the things that makes us

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Op-ed by Michael Krepon in Arms Control Wonk on “A wobbly Nuclear Order”

May 14, 2015

The global nuclear order is becoming more dynamic and unsettled. The top tier is contracting, but at a slow pace. Newcomers feature prominently in the second tier, eclipsing the old-timers. And the newest entrants into the nuclear club either have or seem to want three-digit-sized

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Op-ed by Laicie Heeley in Breaking Defense on “Nukes or Conventional Weapons”

May 14, 2015

As the House and Senate gear up for votes in the coming days to fund the Defense Department, lawmakers are set to support a bow wave of costly nuclear weapons programs increasingly at odds with the needs of U.S. troops and the future threats that dominate their agenda.

Notably for a

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“A New US Nuclear Policy” report cited in Defense One

May 14, 2015

Pursuing the “nuclear taboo” in the name of peace. Can the U.S. make its citizens more secure by minimizing its role in the defense of American interests abroad? Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh believe so in this report from The Stimson Center just released today.

To read the

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Alison Giffen quoted in 100 Reporters on UN Sex Crimes

May 14, 2015

Activists in New York called Wednesday for the lifting of immunity for United Nations peacekeeping staff accused of sex crimes, saying the current system was permitting human rights abuses in conflict zones around the world.

The campaign by the organization AIDS-Free World, dubbed 

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Japan News on US-Japan Defense Cooperation

May 13, 2015

The new Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, announced on April 27, have been celebrated by many as something “historic.” The U.S.-Japan Joint Vision Statement, issued following the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on

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Ellen Laipson quoted in Reuters on Yemen as an “existential issue” for Saudi authorities

May 13, 2015

So far, neither Saudi Arab nor Iran has been able to dictate the Yemen’s future. For Riyadh and Tehran, the painfully complex conflict may become a teachable moment about the limits of power.

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Yemen is Saudi Arabia’s “wild frontier,” explained Ellen Laipson, president of the

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Stimson-organized Trade Security Steering Group cited in The Daily Bugle

May 12, 2015

The Trade Security Steering Group - an informal group of trade specialists organized by the Stimson Center and the National Association of Manufacturers - supports a range of public - private initiatives to more effectively mitigate international security risks while enhancing the
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Op-ed by Richard Cincotta in NewSecurityBeat on Tunisia’s Democracy

May 12, 2015

Among the few bright spots in the 2015 Freedom in the World Report, the brightest may be Tunisia, which for the first time was assessed as “free” – Freedom House’s highest “freedom status” and for many political scientists the definitive indication of a liberal democracy. Tunisia

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Op-ed by Laicie Heeley in The Hill on Congress Budget Fight

May 12, 2015

A recent, intense period of budget negotiations in Congress has made one thing clear: the real negotiations have yet to begin. As House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) conceded, “budgets are ideological documents.” On the defense side, lawmakers have accomplished

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Ellen Laipson quoted in the New York Times on the Iran nuclear deal

May 11, 2015

President Obama’s meeting with Arab leaders this week is an opportunity to reassure the deeply skeptical Gulf states that America’s engagement andprobable nuclear deal with Iran is not a threat but an opportunity for regional stability.

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There is one other important point Mr.

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Gordon Adams quoted in the Fiscal Times on the Pentagon’s ‘Slush Fund’

May 11, 2015

An obscure Pentagon account that has powered the U.S. war effort in the Middle East since shortly after the 9-11 attacks is at the center of a growing political controversy over the use of budgetary gimmicks and the future direction of government spending - See more at:

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Ellen Laipson quoted in USNI News on Middle East Alliances with the US

May 11, 2015

Looking ahead to Monday’s United States-Gulf Cooperation Council summit meeting at Camp David, the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. said the talks would focus on more than the ongoing multi-lateral nuclear talks with Iran, United Arab Emirates ambassador to the

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Op-ed by Gordon Adams in Foreight Policy on “Democracy-Pushing”

May 11, 2015

You missed it? How could you? The second-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) was issued last week with much fanfare, at least at the State Department. As may befit a late second-term document and a department whose budget resources have topped off and are

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Ellen Laipson quoted in Al Monitor on Arab views of Iran

May 08, 2015

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba said May 7 that the UAE and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) “need something in writing” from the United States to better guarantee their security in the wake of an anticipated nuclear agreement with Iran.