STABILITY FOR SECURITY OR SECURITY FOR STABILITY? Reflecting Upon Strategic Stability Motives in Security Policy

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Strategic stability emerged as a concept in the Cold War realities of the U.S.-Soviet nuclear stand-off, concentrating on avoidance of an all-out nuclear war break-out during a crisis. In an era of profound interdependence, it was recognized a key to maintaining security and peace among nuclear armed nations being opponents or foes.

Policy Memo: Open Skies

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The Open Skies treaty is an agreement between 34 states in the Euro-Atlantic region providing for mutual aerial overflights of their sovereign territories, without restrictions on access. During an overflight, representatives of observer nations —in cooperation with representatives of the observed nation—photograph military-significant objects. This imagery is then pooled into a common data bank accessible to all treaty signatories, allowing them to observe the overflown states’ force posture and military infrastructure.

Policy Memo: Are Nuclear Weapons Shields for Aggression?

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How would the world change if Iran acquires a nuclear arsenal? Not as much as you might think, according to our recent analysis of state behavior in the nuclear age.


Policy Memo on The Endurance and Persistence of China's Nuclear Weapons Doctrine

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Based on an analysis of Chinese leaders’ speeches, official statements, and defense white papers published by Chinese government, my paper identifies some key elements of China’s nuclear doctrine as follows: (1) nuclear weapons as

Policy Memo on China's Position on Missile Defense Issue

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There are several points to be concluded here through short review of the China’s official White Papers on issues related to missile defense. Firstly, China has always connected the missile defense issue with global strategic stability, outer space weapons-free, proliferation of WMD and nuclear disarmament. But its biggest worry is the Asia-Pacific theatre missile defense systems.

Resetting the Overload

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In March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov with a ‘reset’ button that symbolized fresh start in bilateral relations proposed by the Obama Administration.

The Issue of Transparency Under the Framework of China-US Strategic Stability

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To further enhance China-US strategic stability in the context of a new model of bilateral relationship featuring “no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and mutual beneficial cooperatio

Generation Prague 2013: Building a Strategy of Peace

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A symposium on the Prague Agenda

U.S. Department of State and

The George Washington University


Contrasting National Experiences amid Changing Strategic Landscapes and Domains

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Remarks for the ISA Roundtable on “Creation and Diffusion of Nuclear Knowledge: Contrasting National Experiences amid Changing Strategic Landscapes and Domains”

How to Reach a Sino--U.S. Understanding on Missile Defense

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Slides shown during Riqiang Wu's presentation at the International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on 4 April 2013.