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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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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Johan Bergenas quoted in The Atlantic on the war against poaching

August 08, 2014

Johan Bergenas, a researcher at the Stimson Center, a D.C.-based think tank, has been a particularly vocal advocate for combating a "new threat in the terrorist hotbed of Africa." He urges conservation groups to "combat poaching, using new and inexpensive technologies to detect and

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on China’s refusal to plan for potential DPRK collapse published The Straits Times

August 08, 2014

Since Kim Jong Un became the supreme leader of North Korea in late 2011, and especially after Pyongyang undertook nuclear and long-range missile testing in 2012 and 2013, planning for North Korea contingencies (possible political turmoil and collapse) has become a popular theme for

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on American and Chinese trade interests in Africa published in The Hill

August 05, 2014

On Aug. 4, President Obama welcomed leaders from across the African continent to Washington for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. One major topic of discussion, in addition to the political and security issues, will inevitably be how to enhance U.S.-Africa economic

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Michael Krepon’s op-ed on the “myth” of nuclear deterrence stability published in Dawn

August 04, 2014

Thomas Schelling, one of the founding fathers of nuclear strategy, wrote that the essence of deterrence was the threat that left something to chance. Nuclear threats were supposed to prevent bad outcomes. If deterrence failed, there would be worse outcomes.

There were other paradoxes

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Yun Sun quoted in Reuters on the implications of Japan’s offer of six naval vessels to Vietnam

August 04, 2014

Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the South China Sea, Japan's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of a strengthening of alliances between states locked in maritime rows with China.

The used vessels, worth 500 million

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Alan Romberg interviewed for Taiwan Security Research

August 04, 2014

Rather than airing internal differences over a proposed freeze of the DPP charter's independence clause at the July 20th DPP National Party Congress, Tsai Ing-wen sent the freeze proposal to the party's Central Executive Committee for consideration. Taiwan Security Research's

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Yun Sun quoted in The Diplomat on the prospect of a defensive alliance between Vietnam and the US

August 04, 2014

The recent tactical withdrawal of a giant Chinese oil rig from 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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