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Combating 21st century threats requires smart partnerships between the U.S. and actors around the globe. Stimson experts propose pragmatic ideas that support cooperation and serve the interests of multiple states.

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Current Research

October 9, 2018 | EXPERT: Jayita Sarkar

American nuclear nonproliferation policy is a combination of economic and security imperatives. READ MORE

April 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Escalation is inherent in war both because the desire to win and the need not to lose.” – V.R. Raghavan, “Limited War and Escalation Control,” Nonproliferation Review, 2001. READ MORE

March 12, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: “The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.” — Peggy Noonan READ MORE

February 28, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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January 16, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Another rupture, another sense of betrayal. US-Pakistan relations have once again reached a low point with the Trump administration’s decision to withhold most funding for military assistance. READ MORE

December 8, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “A ‘no first use’ policy would be the end of flexible response and thus of the very credibility of the Western strategy of deterrence.” READ MORE

November 14, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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October 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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October 14, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the Week: “Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune Something to make us all happy Do anything, take us out of this gloom Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy” —Stevie Winwood READ MORE

September 22, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Donald Trump keeps topping himself: His latest threat – to “totally destroy” a country of 25 million people – marks the first time (at least in my memory) that a genocidal threat was vocalized from the rostrum of the United Nations. READ MORE

September 20, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

“Southern (Dis)Comfort” is a special series from War on the Rocks and the Stimson Center that seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition—military, economic, diplomatic—in Southern Asia, principally among China, India, Pakistan, and the United States. READ MORE

September 18, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “What history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for, but the methods we used to accomplish them.” — Hans Bethe In “Lonesome Day,” Bruce Springsteen offered this hopeful lyric: READ MORE

September 10, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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August 30, 2017 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani , EXPERT: Travis Wheeler

Though comparatively unnoticed in Washington policymaking circles, “Southern Asia” and the broader Indian Ocean region form one of the most competitive strategic environments in the world. This article is the first installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort),” a series organized with the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program to unpack the range of competitive dynamics in Southern Asia today. READ MORE

August 10, 2017 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On August 8, the Washington Post reported the assessment of U.S. intelligence sources that North Korea has considerably elevated the threat posed by the regime in Pyongyang. READ MORE

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