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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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Asia Society on Japan’s Pacifism

February 03, 2016

Last September, Japan’s parliament introduced new laws that would allow for a broader interpretation of Article 9, a clause in the country’s constitution that strictly limits military action to self defense. The changes were met with protest both domestically and internationally. In

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Ellen Laipson’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on U.S. Reaction to ISIS

February 03, 2016

Since November, the U.S. government, with a big assist from Congress, has been narrowing the eligibility for citizens of 38 countries to enter the U.S. without visas. The constant adjustments to the rules say a lot about the U.S. government’s preoccupation with terrorism over other

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Ellen Laipson’s Op-ed in World Politics Review on Robert Gates’ new book

January 27, 2016

Robert Gates’ new book on leadership has powerful lessons for how American institutions, both public and private, are inspired and managed. At a time when U.S. citizens despair of ever fixing the country’s political system, he conveys some hope that positive change in political and

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Debra Decker and Kathryn Rauhut’s Op-ed in The New York Times on Nuclear Cybersecurity

January 27, 2016

Kudos to the Nuclear Threat Initiative for its 2016 nuclear security index. Your article’s emphasis on its cybersecurity findings, while valid, is skewed.

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Gordon Adams cited in The Economist on Maintaining Nuclear Deterrence

January 22, 2016

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Some of the most expensive parts of the nuclear programme are not disputed, even by liberal Democrats. Few argue against the replacement of the 14 Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines which will begin to wear out in the late 2020s. The bill for that is likely to be around

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Yun Sun quoted in Wall Street Journal on China’s ties in Southeast Asia

January 22, 2016

HELLFIRE PASS, Thailand—Seventy years after the end of World War II, plans are again being laid to build a railway through the thick jungle separating Thailand from what was then Burma.

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“The world is likely to see a new but somewhat different surge of Chinese influence in the

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Michael Krepon’s Op-ed in Arms Control Wonk on Arms Race Redux

January 21, 2016

Back in the day – that would be the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80’s — arms racing was the norm. The “action-reaction” phenomenon ruled. If one superpower unveiled a new weapon system or improved hard-target-kill capabilities, the other superpower was sure to follow. MIRVs begat MIRVs, cruise

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Alan Romberg cited in Radio Taiwan International on Taiwan and the TPP

January 21, 2016

DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu says that Chinese interference in Taiwan’s bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership would not benefit cross-strait relations. Wu was speaking Tuesday at an event held by prominent Washington think tanks.

Alan Romberg, director of the East Asian

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Yun Sun quoted in Straits Times on Laos-China relations

January 21, 2016

Long dreamed of, discussed and debated, China-backed plans to build high-speed rail networks that link countries in mainland South-east Asia and to open up a route for China to the maritime highways of the Gulf of Thailand and Bay of Bengal are seeing the first real steps

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Yun Sun quoted in Sputnik International on China’s economic growth

January 20, 2016

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov – According to data provided by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the country’s annual growth rate in 2015 was the worst in 25 years, at 6.9 percent of GDP compared to 7.3 the previous year.

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Yun Sun, a senior associate with the

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

January 19, 2016

It was a rare week of good news in the Middle East. Iran met its obligations to formally launch all the provisions of the nuclear agreement agreed to with world powers last July, an early demonstration of its commitment to radically restructure its nuclear activities in exchange for

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Laicie Heeley quoted in PolitiFact on base discretionary funding

January 19, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized defense spending during the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina, saying that the out-of-control budget isn’t focused enough on fighting modern threats.

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Base discretionary funding is the biggest chunk of the budget. That’s all

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Gordon Adams and Richard Sokolsky’s Op-ed in Defense One on a New Nuclear Arms Race

January 19, 2016

The United States is on the cusp of launching an unnecessary, expensive, and potentially dangerous plan to modernize its strategic nuclear forces, helping stimulate what is being called a “new nuclear arms race.” Before Washington starts down this path, it needs to step back and ask,

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Hamzah Rifaat’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on the Pathankot Attack

January 19, 2016

Terrorism is best defined as an operational technique which involves the use or the threat of using violence to deliver a message to a wider target audience. The January 3 Pathankot attack on a base of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force, resulting in the deaths of seven

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Alan Romberg quoted in Christian Science Monitor on Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election

January 19, 2016

When it last held power, Taiwan’s main opposition party aggressively pushed a pro-independence line that antagonized China and stirred unease in Washington. Now, one day before an election the opposition is widely expected to win, its leader is promising to work with

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Michael Krepon’s Op-ed in Arms Control Wonk on the Subcontinent

January 15, 2016

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s whirlwind surprise visit to Lahore on Christmas Day, there was little doubt that spoilers in Pakistan would try to derail improved relations. The operative questions were where, when, and whether the attackers would succeed in shutting down yet

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Alan Romberg quoted in Star Tribune on China and Taiwan’s Elections

January 14, 2016

BEIJING — China isn't going to be happy with the likely victory for Taiwan's pro-independence opposition in this weekend's presidential election, but it has limited options to respond: Any angry reaction could further alienate the island's public, while a passive response could

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on North Korea and Beijing

January 14, 2016

While the U.S. Congress is pushing ahead on legislation that seeks to increase sanctions on North Korea for its purported nuclear test last week, experts say strong economic sanctions are key to the effort.

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Yun Sun, a senior associate with the Stimson Center in Washington,

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A Better Selection Process Could Result in a Strong UN Secretary-General

January 14, 2016

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Later this year, the international community will select the next United Nations Secretary-General. More accurately, per Article 97 of the UN Charter: “The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”

The past being

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Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes on Cross-Straits relations and the election

January 13, 2016

You got it wrong if you thought the two words were the name of a political party, a campaign slogan or some love-and-peace catchall. There’s no profanity or even an exclamation mark. The two words that will determine whether China and Taiwan can keep peace after a new president takes

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