“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.

Yun Sun on the Tatmadaw’s role in Myanmar

February 26, 2015

(Reuters) - Fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic Chinese rebels has handed the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an explosion of praise on social media and even former political prisoners expressing grudging support.

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"In the case of Kokang, the

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Michael Krepon on nuclear postures

February 26, 2015

Nuclear postures matter. They frame requirements, add to or detract from stability, and can affect outcomes when deterrence fails, which happens more than expected. Vipin Narang covers this ground in his masterful new book, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and

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Yun Sun on the American anti-China conspiracy in northern Myanmar

February 23, 2015

Myanmar has been a hot topic among Chinese media, general public, and policy experts recently. The arrest of 155 Chinese illegal loggers, together with the resumed conflict in the Kachin State last month and in Kokang this month, pushed Myanmar higher up on China’s priority list.

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Yun Sun on the commercial ties in northern Myanmar

February 23, 2015

The ongoing war in northern Myanmar pitting its army against the ethnic minority Kokang is a vicious mix of revenge and political brinkmanship. And as it generates tension and refugees across borders, it presents Beijing with no less a dilemma than it does Naypyitaw.

 

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"Along

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Yun Sun in The Economist on Myanmar’s border groups

February 23, 2015

JUST before the celebrations of Myanmar’s Union Day, not to mention the Chinese new year, a warlord and drug baron in his 80s, Phone Kyar Shin, created spectacular fireworks of his own. His militia launched blistering attacks on the Burmese army around Laukkai, capital of Kokang, a

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Joshua T White on US pressure to pursue terrorists in Pakistan

February 19, 2015

Attention in the West has landed on Pakistan's newly empowered military courts and what, if any, political sway the United States carries to press for the pursuit of anti-Indian terrorist groups that have long found safe haven in the country.

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Dr. Joshua White, a former senior

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Rachel Stohl on the foreign sale of military drones

February 19, 2015

The United States has codified how it wants to export drone warfare to the rest of the world.

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Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the nonpartisan Stimson Center think tank, notes that the new rules ironically impose stronger requirements on foreign governments than the US

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Michael Krepon’s column “Discriminate Deterrence”

February 19, 2015

One paradox of nuclear deterrence has always been that whatever utility the Bomb provides is lost once the nuclear threshold is crossed, however large or small the boom. There is no bigger blunderbuss than a nuclear weapon atop a long-range missile. Smaller-yield message-senders have

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Yun Sun on regional security in northern Myanmar

February 19, 2015

Tens of thousands of refugees crossing into China to flee renewed fighting in northern Myanmar risk catapulting Beijing into the country’s fractious political scene as it gears up for national elections late this year.

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“For China, the strategic importance of Burma

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Yun Sun on China and security in northern Myanmar

February 19, 2015

Clashes between Myanmar’s army and armed rebels in the northern border region is endangering the lives of civilians in the area and causing an influx of refugees into China. The current round of fighting, which has been ongoing for nearly 10 days, has displaced tens of thousands of

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Stimson report cited in The Diplomat

February 18, 2015

The United States will authorize for the first time the export of armed drones to allied nations, according to media reports. The new policy has been announced this Tuesday. The exact rules will remain classified but, according to Reuters, requests by foreign governments will be

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Yun Sun on the Kokang Conflict

February 18, 2015

One week before the Chinese New Year, the former leader of the ethnic Kokang National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Peng Jiasheng, launched ferocious attacks on the government military in Kokang. Peng was driven out of power during the Kokang Incident in 2009 and has since

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Elizabeth Chalecki on geo-engineering technologies

February 18, 2015

The National Academy of Sciences framed geo-engineering technologies as a “last-ditch response option” in their recent report. If the negative effects of climate change, the rising air temperatures, the changing precipitation, the prevalence of extreme weather events, and the rising

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Rachel Stohl in Bloomberg on the sale of armed drones

February 18, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. has approved its first policy for selling armed drones to allies, the State Department said.

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“I like these principles for proper use in terms of establishing global norms and setting an important precedent,” said Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at

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Rachel Stohl in Foreign Policy on arms trade

February 18, 2015

Late last year, 90-some countries that signed a brand-new treatyregulating how countries should transfer weapons across borders met in Berlin, where dozens of diplomats started hashing out the details of how the new agreement will work. One country was conspicuously absent: the

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Geneive Abdo and Lulwa Rizkallah in The National Interest on the attack in Lebanon

February 12, 2015

The attack occurred two days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech accusing the al Nusra Front of being linked with Israel. It would not be far-fetched to interpret this Nusra Front attack as a direct response to Nasrallah’s statements and to Hezbollah’s deep

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Gordon Adams in Foreign Policy on the Defense Budget

February 12, 2015

Most presidential budgets are for show, though, at the very least, they offer a glimpse into how the chief executive would arrange the world of the executive branch … if he were God. The fiscal year 2016 budget request that President Barack Obama sent up (to Congress, not Heaven) on

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Yun Sun in Sputnik International on China and the Islamic State

February 11, 2015

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — As the United States looks to bolster the anti-Islamic State coalition with potential allies in Asia, the largest player in the region, China, is unlikely to join, experts told Sputnik on Tuesday.

 

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"China's willingness to contribute

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Stimson event on global justice, security and governance

February 11, 2015

On Friday, 6 February, at a side event to the Munich Security Conference, The Hague Institute and The Stimson Center convened a panel discussion on “Fragile States and the Fault-Lines of Global Security and Justice” in support of the work of the Commission on Global Security Justice

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Lincoln Bloomfield in Washington Times on US Embassy in Yemen

February 11, 2015

The United States is shuttering the doors to the U.S. Embassy in Yemen and evacuating its diplomats following a violent uprising of Shia Houthi rebels that led to the resignation of the nation’s president.

 

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Had those al Qaeda attackers been able to penetrate the embassy wall,

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