Russell Rumbaugh interviewed and quoted by Politifact

Russell Rumbaugh, director of the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program, was recently interviewed and quoted by Politifact. The piece analyzes the veracity of President Obama's promise to expand annual budgeting for military humanitarian aid.

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The South China Sea and Great Power Politics: Implications for U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations

December 19, 2014

Yeh-chung Lu, Associate Professor, Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University - East Asia Program Visiting Fellow.

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Michel and Passarelli on water conflict in the Niger Basin featured in Foreign Policy

December 18, 2014

West Africa’s Niger River Basin, home to some of the poorest countries in the world, might be the bleeding edge of a new kind of conflict. Along Africa’s third largest river, climate change and ballooning populations in Mali, Niger, and Nigeria — the three largest countries that rely

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Michael Krepon op-ed in Space News on Diplomacy at Warped Speed

December 16, 2014

The space debris problem continues to grow as diplomats move at a snail’s pace to take remedial steps. Every piece of space debris about the size of a marble is a lethal weapon, traveling with the approximate energy of a one-ton safe dropped from a five-story building. Whatever it

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Managing Transnational Border Threats, Brian Finlay and Johanna Mendelson Forman

December 15, 2014

Brian Finlay and Johanna Mendelson Forman have written a chapter on Managing Transnational Border Threats: Brazil as a Global Mentor, which is included in a new publication, "Multilateral Security Governance."

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Stimson drones report cited in The Hill on government’s civilian protection

December 15, 2014

At least 100 civilians have died during the United States-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria,according to a recent report. This news is bitterly ironic given that the mission was initially launched to protect civilians. Yet the White House insists it cannot confirm a single

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Michael Krepon blog featured in Arms Control Wonk on the nuclear enterprise

December 15, 2014

The “nuclear enterprise” – as the nuclear weapons complex and force structure in the United States have been successfully rebranded — is bloated and in need of paring. It is also in need of repair. The Pentagon commissioned two high-level studies to clarify particulars and remedies.

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Johanna Mendelson Forman op-ed in The Globalist on Human Rights Day

December 13, 2014

Did you notice the irony this week? On the one hand, the world celebrated International Human Rights Day on December 10, a commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It states every human being anywhere and at all times is entitled to the full range of human

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Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. quoted in National Defense on national security policy

December 13, 2014

The United States does not have a credible strategy to combat enemies like Islamic extremist groups and needs to rethink its entire national security decision-making process, a new military-funded study suggests.

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Former U.S. ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, chairman of the

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in Want China Times on Hong Kong protests’ effect on Taiwan

December 12, 2014

Hong Kong's demonstrations for fully-fledged democracy have had little effect on the people of Taiwan, including in the local elections last month that saw a sea change in Taiwan's political make-up, American scholars agreed at a forum on Tuesday.

Alan Romberg, director of the

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Johan Bergenas op-ed in ISN on sustainable development

December 12, 2014

The United Nations’ blueprints for the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reveal an interesting trend. Whereas the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused exclusively on development initiatives, the SDGs look set to interweave security into what was once solely a

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Alan D. Romberg interviewed in The Diplomat on Taiwan’s 2014 election

December 11, 2014

Taiwan’s ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) suffered a major defeat in this year’s local elections, in what was widely viewed as a referendum on KMT governance under President Ma Ying-jeou. Alan Romberg, distinguished fellow and director of the East Asia program at Stimson, sits

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Gordon Adams quoted in Public Integrity on federal budget

December 11, 2014

The U.S. military's budget request now pending on Capitol Hill includes a particularly notable oddity inside the special fund meant to support combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan: a new $810 million U.S. defense initiative to "reassure" Europeans of their security in the wake

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Alan D. Romberg quoted in Atlantic Council on the impact of the Hong Kong protests on Taiwan

December 11, 2014

The government of President Xi Jinping is conducting “one of the harshest” Chinese campaigns against civil society and peaceful dissent in the past decade, according to a prominent human rights activist. The campaign has come amid the pro-democracy protests that have roiled Hong Kong

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Gordon Adams quoted in Politico Obama’s grip on Pentagon spending

December 11, 2014

President Barack Obama is losing some of the control over the defense budget that his administration clawed away from top military commanders early in his presidency, with the service chiefs and Congress once again openly conspiring to undo tough spending decisions made by the White

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Alan Romberg quoted in Taipei Times on US assistance to KMT

December 08, 2014

A specialist in US-Taiwan relations suggested Friday that Washington might try to help the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) recover from its crushing defeat in Nov. 29’s nine-in-one elections.

Steven Goldstein, a professor of government at Smith College whose current research

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Alan Romberg quoted in Want China Times on US views on Taiwan’s democracy

December 07, 2014

The secretary-general of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, Joseph Wu, recently said in Washington that the Nov. 29 local elections in Taiwan were not a referendum on the Ma Ying-jeou administration's policies related to China. However, many politicians,

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Barry Blechman and Matt Leatherman quoted in Sputnik News on Ashton Carter

December 06, 2014

WASHINGTON, December 6 (Sputnik) – US President Barack Obama's new nominee to be Secretary of Defense will focus on Pentagon's budget, not changes in military strategy, experts from the Washington-based Henry L. Stimson Center think tank told Sputnik following the announcement

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Geneive Abdo quoted in Ourwindsor.ca on Mideast rivalries and ISIS

December 06, 2014

Last month, Iran and the United States shook hands and agreed to disagree on the long-contentious issue of containing Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, for now. But their willingness to keep calm and carry on seeking a deal after the seven-country talks fell through was more

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Stimson’s Challenges of Chemical Weapons Proliferation and Use event cited in Eurasia Review

December 06, 2014

These past two weeks, pundits in the media have gone back and forth discussing and analyzing the implications of the nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan. The concerning tone of their voices is reasonable, but the accusation that Pakistan is some how the aggressor, and

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Alan Romberg quoted in CNA on cross-strait relations [Chinese]

December 06, 2014

(中央社記者鄭崇生華盛頓5日專電)關注兩岸關係的美國智庫與學者多認為,中國大陸對「一中政策」不會妥協,民進黨也堅持自己的主張,兩岸關係未來的發展,有待觀察。
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