Cultural Bias Clouds US Policies on Weapons of Mass Destruction

Many recent US policies regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) use and proliferation involve not only Russia but countries like North Korea, Iran, Syria and in some cases China, India, and Pakistan. The US also has many WMD threat reduction programs, to prevent WMD terrorism, in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The multitude of these policies and programs are focused on regions of the world that are populated by people of color. At the same time, few people of color take part in the decision-making on those policies and programs, or in the implementation of those programs.

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Bonnie Jenkins
Berlin Protests Highlight Need for Sound Employment Discrimination Laws in Germany

This past weekend, tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Berlin to take part in a demonstration to support an “open and free” German society. Organizers planned the #unteilbar demonstration (#indivisible in English) in response to the rise of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), which is now the largest opposition party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition. The demonstration also follows far-right protests that took place in the eastern city of Chemnitz in August.

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Bonnie Jenkins
Gender and WMD: Deliberate Actions to Upend the Status Quo

It is no secret that more men than women have traditionally worked in nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament, especially as policymakers. But given that women constitute around 45% of the world’s labor force, the extent to which this remains true today is, well, something of a bombshell. According to the website for the State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, only 5 of the 17individuals that comprise its leadership are women. 

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Event Summary and Analysis for “The Implications of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria”

On September 14 2013, a deal was reached between the United States and Russia which set a deadline for the destruction of the declared Syrian chemical weapons stockpile. While the original deadline set by the deal was not met, on June 23 2014 the last of Syria’s declared chemical weapons had been successfully removed out of the country amidst its civil war. 

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India–US 2+2 dialogue: changing the narrative on counterterrorism?

India and the US held their inaugural 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi on 6 September. The meeting set the scene for their bilateral ties to reach new heights. The commonalities of their security interests are visible through several initiatives outlined in their joint statement and should enable them to firm up their defence and security ties. What stood out distinctly but has escaped common scrutiny is the statement’s narrative on terrorism. 

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Five Global Trends in Nuclear Policy

Every year, the University of San Diego’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation hosts a Public Policy and Nuclear Threats (PPNT) boot camp, a summer workshop-in-residence that offers participants a platform to learn, understand and debate the future U.S. nuclear policy issues and features lectures and discussions by leading policy and technical experts and specialists. 

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Mending the Marriage: The Importance of Stabilizing US-China Relations

The marriage between the United States and the People’s Republic of China is more fragile than at any time since normalization in 1979. Bilateral tensions continue to heighten as disagreements loom over potential trade wars, growing strategic competition, and cyber espionage. Under these challenging circumstances, the re-establishment of a credible strategic partnership is imperative, for the fruits of bilateral coordination do not merely benefit the two regimes, but the global community at large.

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A Diplomat in a Cyber World: Working with CYBERCOM

CYBERCOM’s mission is clear: to defend the Department of Defense’s information networks; to help defend the nation’s critical infrastructure (e.g., transportation, water, electrical grid, banking) and to help support other combatant commands’ mission execution. CYBERCOM is specifically directed to work with interagency and international partners to execute these critical missions.

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Zika's Getting All of the Attention: It Shouldn't

If the West Africa Ebola epidemic follows the history of past outbreaks, it is highly likely that it will become endemic to the subregion and subsequent outbreaks can begin at any time. In fact, errant cases of Ebola have continued into 2016. And we do not want a redux of the 2014 epidemic. Which is why it is troubling that Congress is debating whether to reallocate $350 million in funds designated for Ebola to contribute to the Zika fund.

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Flint's Recovery Is On Us

It isn’t news that Flint is no longer the booming Vehicle City that it was during the height of the Rust Belt’s automotive industry. In fact, you cannot say the word ‘Flint’ without thinking of the ongoing water crisis or documentaries on poverty and crime in the city. 

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