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The Wellington Experience

Executive Summary August 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of U.S.-India diplomatic relations. Ironically, the first five decades of the relationship between the world’s two largest democracies were marked by barely disguised hostility and estrangement because of India’s foreign policy of nonalignment and the United States’ Cold-War-based embrace of Pakistan. However, in the past two decades, …

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India’s Kashmir Conundrum

On August 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government sought to arrest a thirty-year insurgency with an unprecedented change to the country’s constitution to revoke autonomy provisions for the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), split it off from the territory of Ladakh, and downgrade both from statehood to union territories. Since …

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2002 Russian Ministry of Defense Nuclear Security Exercise

International nuclear security cooperation is a key element of reducing nuclear terrorism risks. Stories about this cooperation help to educate nuclear security policymakers and practitioners of its value. The video, below, includes exclusive footage of a Russian Ministry of Defense Nuclear security exercise. The article describes the exercise in more detail and draws lessons from …

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Aegis Ashore Cancellation – Impulsive Blunder or Strategic Opportunity?

Japan finds itself in a challenging and complex security environment, managing a variety of threats while only spending roughly one percent of gross domestic product on defense and further negative demographic projections. Spurred on by changing threats, namely North Korean nuclear and missile capabilities, along with China, Japan decided in 2017 to purchase Aegis Ashore, …

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IAEA Nuclear Security Recommendations (INFCIRC/225): The Next Generation

Nearly a decade later, however, the global nuclear security landscape has changed. Nuclear security regulations and practices have improved. International institutions and norms supporting global nuclear security architecture are stronger. Countries have made new political commitments to strengthening their nuclear security. Legally binding agreements are more widely subscribed than they were before. Meanwhile, new global …

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Understanding security and prosperity in the time of Covid-19

In March, the world changed dramatically with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Stimson was able to respond quickly: Our staff transitioned to remote work and we continued to pursue our mission in this new environment. With  COVID-19 now the top problem facing the global community, our researchers were quick to apply their deep expertise to the wide range of potential impacts, providing in-depth analysis to a wide range of stakeholders and the public on the …

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The Militarization of Artificial Intelligence

Multistakeholder Perspectives on the Potential Benefits, Risks, and Governance Options for Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence Few developments in science and technology hold as much promise for the future of humanity as the suite of computer science-enabled capabilities that falls under the umbrella of artificial intelligence (AI). AI has the potential to contribute to the …

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New Climate and Ocean Risk Tool Helps Coastal Cities Make Smart Investments that Build Resilience to Climate Change

Washington, DC – The Stimson Center has unveiled a new Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index (CORVI), designed to help governments, businesses, and financial institutions assess climate risk in coastal cities and pinpoint areas of action to adapt to the climate emergency. Coastal cities in emerging economies and Small Island Developing States are at the forefront …

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Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy: The Use of Force Short of War

Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy reveals that despite its status as sole superpower during the post-Cold War period (1991-2018), US efforts to coerce other states failed as often as they succeeded. In the coming decades the United States will face states that are even more capable and creative, willing to challenge its interests and …

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