“We Spend Too Much On Defense,” says Gordon Adams in AOL Defense

In a new column on AOL Defense, Gordon Adams explains why the United States should reduce national defense expenditures. The full piece is available here.

Geneive Abdo’s op-ed on what some fear an Iran deal could mean

July 29, 2014

BEIRUT—The extension of nuclear negotiations between Shi’a Iran and world powers over Tehran’s illicit nuclear program and the prospect of a permanent deal are fueling fear among Sunni naysayers that extends far beyond nukes. A thawing of relations with the West through continued

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Richard Cronin quoted in La Tercera (Chile) on the Mekong River crisis [Spanish]

July 28, 2014

Un amigo le avisó de madrugada a Den Kroloong que el río se había llevado su bote, en diciembre. Como pescador experimentado, lo había dejado atado en la ribera del Mekong, en el norte de Tailandia.

Diciembre es la temporada seca en la región, con las aguas del río normalmente tan

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Visiting fellow Rabia Akhtar’s op-ed on U.S. drone policy published in South Asian Voices

July 25, 2014

If one looks at the total number of drone strikes resulting in casualties inside Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) from 2004 until 2014, they are lesser in comparison to civilian and military causalities combined in Pakistan in the past six years.  According to

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Yun Sun’s op-ed on China’s refusal to plan for potential DPRK regime collapse published in 23 North

July 25, 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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Stimson’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in the Wall Street Journal

July 25, 2014

On Sept. 7, 2000, in the waning days of the Clinton administration, a U.S. Predator drone flew over Afghanistan for the first time. The unmanned, unarmed plane buzzed over Tarnak Farms, a major al Qaeda camp. When U.S. analysts later pored over video footage from this maiden voyage,

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Johan Bergenas’ op-ed on WMD proliferation published in ISN Zurich

July 25, 2014

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the Conventions on Chemical and Biological Weapons remain the key pillars of the global nonproliferation regime to prevent the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. To date, this regime has largely been successful in

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Stimson’s case study on the city of Lagos cited in the Guardian (Nigeria)

July 25, 2014

Although the tribunal nullified some aspects of the population figure, there are still contentions from different quarters over the census figure. As a matter of fact, the population figures credited to Lagos metropolis are at variance with some projections made by the United Nations

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Rachel Stohl’s remarks on U.S. drone policy featured in The Oregonian

July 23, 2014

The U.S. government is rightly concerned with the ethical, legal and strategic considerations that are being developed to govern the use of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones. But it should also give time and attention to the long-term prospects for a domestic drone industry, a

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Michael Krepon’s column on a global surge in violent conflict published in Arms Control Wonk

July 23, 2014

Fellow ACW readers, can you recall a time when the world seemed more inflamed and disordered? Governed spaces are shrinking. Wild men lay waste. The dogs of war have been unleashed and peaceful settlements seem more distant than ever. "World Wars" and "splendid little wars" are

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Russell Sticklor quoted in The Daily Star on ISIS and the use of water as a weapon

July 22, 2014

"The intent behind the water release was to use water aggressively as a tool of destruction, targeting populations who live father south," said Russell Sticklor, co-author of Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa.

" ISIS is well aware of the

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Rachel Stohl and the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in the Oregonian

July 22, 2014

A recent report by a high-powered task force convened by the nonpartisan Stimson Center suggests that it is not. The center issued a series of recommendations calling for the United States to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the use of drones, and to improve transparency, oversight

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Stimson Chairman Lincoln P. Bloomfield’s op-ed on US drone policy published in The Chicago Tribune

July 21, 2014

The increasing use in recent years of unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVS or drones, has spurred innovation and provoked concern. UAVs, which the U.S. Air Force now calls RPAs, or remotely piloted aircraft - a reminder that humans control them - can fly in places where the risk

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Aditi Gorur’s op-ed on relations between peacekeepers and afflicted communities published in IOC

July 21, 2014

Organisations working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding increasingly understand the importance of making their programmes responsive to the communities with which they work. That means that they need to engage with those communities to understand their priorities

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Brian Finlay quoted in this PolitiFact feature on chemical weapons in Syria

July 21, 2014

Brian Finlay, managing director at the Stimson Center, a private defense policy group, said a total guarantee is never really possible.

"So long as Syria, or any other country for that matter, has a modern agricultural industry, a mining industry, produces paints and inks, or even

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Alan Romberg interviewed by The Diplomat on recent developments in cross-strait relations

July 21, 2014

The Diplomat's Kelwin Choi recently sat down with Alan D. Romberg, distinguished fellow and the director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, to discuss cross-Strait relations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the East China Sea.

What is the significance

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Ellen Laipson’s op-ed on recent political developments in Afghanistan and Iraq published in The Hill

July 18, 2014

There's been a brief break in the storm clouds over Baghdad and Kabul this week; both countries' struggles to form governments after elections achieved minor progress with the election of a parliament speaker in Iraq and an agreement to audit election results in Afghanistan. But the

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Richard Cronin quoted in Financial Times on the Mekong River crisis

July 18, 2014

International strategic experts say that all adds up to a worrying situation in a region now confronting fresh tensions as China and nearby countries make territorial claims to islands in the South China Sea. "It's right up there with the South China Sea as a longer-term threat to

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Stimson’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in Al Jazeera op-ed

July 18, 2014

Echoing Jabar, a report released on June 26th by the Stimson Center, a Washington DC think tank, concludes that extremist groups have only grown in influence. Indeed, the "blowback" from drones is "a potent recruiting tool for terrorist organisations" in places like Yemen and

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