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Jim Walsh was on NPR's Here & Now November 25, 2013. The topic:" Details of the Interim Nuclear Deal With Iran."
Cindy Williams was on WBUR's On Point November 11, 2013. The topic: "The Future of America's Military."
Jeanne Guillemin was a panelist on "The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria" presented by The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Public Radio International's The World and WGBH on October 16, 2013.
Jim Walsh was on NPR's Here & Now September 27, 2013. The topic: "US and Iran Open Talks as UN Reaches Deal on Syria."
Vipin Narang has received a Smith Richardson Foundation International Security Junior Faculty grant. He plans to put the award funds towards research on his second book manuscript, Windows of Volatility.
Fotini Christia has received the 2013 Luebbert Best Book Award for Alliance Formation in Civil Wars (Cambridge UP, 2012). This award, given by the APSA's Comparative Politics section, is for the best book in comparative politics published in the past two years. Her book has also been awarded the 2013 Lepgold Prize for best book on international relations published in 2012.
Harvey Sapolsky, Review of Goldman, Emily O., Power in Uncertain Times: Strategy in the Fog of Peace. H-War, H-Net Reviews. December, 2013.
Jim Walsh, "Breaking Down The Iran Nuclear Deal: What The Agreement Actually Says," cognoscenti.wbur.org, November 26, 2013.
Benjamin Friedman, "What Asian Pivot?" chinausfocus.com, November 13, 2013.
Benjamin H. Friedman and Christopher A. Preble, "Ending Nuclear Overkill," CATO Institute. (Op-Ed also appeared in the New York Times, November 13, 2013.)
SSP's 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available.
Cindy Williams, "Accepting Austerity: The Right Way to Cut Defense," Foreign Affairs, November/December 2013.
Benjamin H. Friedman and Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Commentary: Shut Down the US Combatant Commands," DefenseNews, September 29, 2013.
Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Review: Anatomy of a Bad Idea: COIN Best Practices," e-ir.info, September 24, 2013.
Tara Maller, "Syria's Diplomatic Barriers," syriadeeply.org, September 23, 2013.
Christopher Clary and Vipin Narang, "Modernisation and Austerity," The Indian Express, September 16, 2013.
Brian Haggerty, "Debating U.S. Interests in Syria's Civil War," Audits of The Conventional Wisdom, September 16, 2013.