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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David Michel’s op-ed on the menace of massive dust storms in Iran is published in Asia Times Onlin

April 14, 2014

Dust storms cloud Iran's future

Iran is, literally, being blown away. Stifling dust storms frequently now envelop both big cities and rural towns across much of Iran, the world's 17th largest country. They threaten to disrupt crucial parts of public and economic life, education,

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Caitlyn Antrim is quoted in The Week Magazine on the territorial disputes over the South China Sea

April 14, 2014

The legal question that could stop China's maritime power grab

A diplomatic standoff between China and the Philippines that flared up two years ago in a dispute over fishing rights at a tiny shoal in the South China Sea is coming to a head after Manila decided to ignore Chinese

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Richard Cronin is quoted in Thanh Nien Daily on the impacts of Chinese dam construction

April 14, 2014

Mekong River at risk as Laos forges ahead with dam-building spree

Construction of a giant controversial dam in Laos has been well underway since it began in late 2012. Laos is also set to push ahead with a second hydropower dam on the Mekong River this year in the face of growing

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Gordon Adams is quoted in KQED on the U.S. armed force downsizing plan

April 14, 2014

What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army?

With the U.S. military out of Iraq and winding down in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army, which peaked with a force of around 570,000 a few years ago, was supposed to drop to around 490,000 troops.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that's

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Gerson Sher interviewed by Voice of America on the Ukraine crisis (Ukrainian)

April 10, 2014

The experience of South Africa in overcoming the legacy of apartheid would help Ukraine

To read the full story and watch the video clip, click here.

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Gordon Adams is quoted in Congressional Quarterly News on the politicization of military budgeting

April 10, 2014

Republicans Poised to Slam Obama on Defense

Republicans are likely to pounce on the Pentagon's $34 billion list of unfunded priorities as evidence that President Barack Obama is intentionally underfunding the military.

The Pentagon released the list late Thursday, with breakdowns of

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Gordon Adams is quoted in Association of Defense Communities on the DoD budgetary wish lists

April 10, 2014

Unfunded Priorities Lists Unlikely to Be Fulfilled

The military services last week sent Congress a list of $36 billion worth of priorities not included in DOD's fiscal 2015 budget request, including significant amounts of funding for facility needs.

The lists, requested by the House

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Yuki Tatsumi is qutoed in DW on US commitment in Japanese disputed territory issues

April 09, 2014

US and Japan send message to China

The US is stepping up efforts to defend Japan against threats from North Korea and China. Several disputed islands in the South and East China Sea have the potential to threaten the stability of the entire region.

During his recent trip to Tokyo, US

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Alan Romberg is cited in The China Post on pressure from US on Taiwanese student protest

April 09, 2014

DPP denies report of pressure from US

AIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday refuted hints from local media that United States officials have been exerting pressure on the party regarding its role in the ongoing student protest movement.

The analysis on the

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David Michel’s column on the threat of massive dust storms in Iran is published in USIP

April 08, 2014

Dust Storms Cloud Iran's Future

Iran is, literally, being blown away. Stifling dust storms frequently now envelope both big cities and rural towns across much of Iran, the world's 17th largest country. They threaten to disrupt crucial parts of public and economic life, education,

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Michael Krepon column on US foreign policy in Obama administration published in Arms Control Wonk

April 08, 2014

The Bucket Brigade

For his first term, President Barack Obama selected Significant Outsiders for his key foreign policy and national security posts. In his second term, he depends heavily on known commodities and loyalists. He promotes from within and keeps the State Department on a

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Richard Cincotta’s op-ed on food insecurity impacts on democracy is published in New Security Beat

April 07, 2014

High Food Prices an Unlikely Cause for the Start of the Arab Spring

ust months after popular uprisings toppled Tunisia and Egypt's authoritarian regimes, a trio of complex-system researchers published a brief article linking these demonstrations with high levels of the UN Food and

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Caitlyn Antrim is quoted in Foreign Policy on maritime territorial dispute of China and Philippines

April 07, 2014

When is a Rock Not a Rock?

A diplomatic standoff between China and the Philippines that flared up two years ago in a dispute over fishing rights at a tiny shoal in the South China Sea is coming to a head after Manila decided to ignore Chinese threats and sue Beijing in an

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Barry Blechman’s opinion on US nuclear policy is recommended in The Washington Post

April 07, 2014

What the Air Force can learn from the nuclear cheating scandal

BEFORE THEY go on duty with US nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, officers are trained in classrooms and simulators. They are schooled in weapons systems, missile code handling and emergency war orders,

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Johanna Mendelson Forman interviewed on Radio New Zealand National on culinary diplomacy

April 04, 2014

Gastrodiplomacy

How countries are using their cooking to promote their interests on the world stage. Johanna Mendelson Forman's set up a course in culinary diplomacy at American University in Washington DC.

To reach the full audio, click here.

 

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Barry Blechman’s profile is featured in The Washington Post among other key players in the security

April 04, 2014

Barry Blechman Co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Center (since 1989)

Why He Matters

As Obama's campaign against nuclear weapons heats up, he's going to need to rely on people like Blechman. Blechman co-founded the Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on

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Gordon Adams is quoted in Defense News on DoD funding wish lists

April 04, 2014

DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

WASHINGTON - The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal.

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Joshua White is quoted in Diplo Pundit on US embassy’s purchase of sculpture

April 04, 2014

US embassy Pakistan to Get ‘Camel Contemplating Needle' Sculpture at Reduced Price, Let's Buy Two!

Joshua White, the deputy director for South Asia at the Stimson Center tweeted this last week:

So... apparently the US is paying $400k to install "Camel Contemplating Needle" at the

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Russell Rumbaugh is quoted in Foreign Policy on defense spending

April 04, 2014

FP's Situation Report: Another insider attack raises new questions at Fort Hood

Stimson's Russell Rumbaugh's one-pager on the implications for defense spending in Paul Ryan's budget, here.

To read the full story, click here.

 

 

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Dr. Gerson Sher comments on Ukraine, compares to South Africa [article and video in Ukrainian]

April 03, 2014

A story featuring Dr. Gerson Sher commenting on Ukraine, contending it should consider following the South African experience in having a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was recently shown on VOA News.

To read and watch what he had to say, click here. [Article and video in

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