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November 8, 2014

By Aaron Stein

Open Source Verification in Arms Control

How can open source information help verify arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation agreements? Jeffrey Lewis and Aaron Stein talk with the NTI’s Corey Hinderstein. In the 1990s, Corey was one of the first nonproliferation experts to use commercial satellite images and other open source tools to peek into foreign nuclear programs. Here is Corey way back in 1999.

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October 15, 2014

By Aaron Stein

Qatar and Turkey: How did it go so wrong so fast?

As the Arab Spring got underway, Turkey and Qatar came together on what seemed to be the right side of history. Now, all their regional bets have all but collapsed, after both adopted a policy of unabashed support for the Muslim Brotherhood. This support, however, has impacted Turkish and Qatari interests in the Middle East more generally, and in Syria specifically. Where did it all go wrong? And how did this policy help undermine both countries’ efforts to topple Bashar al Assad?

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October 14, 2014

By Dan Kaszeta

Is it Mustard or Not? Guidelines for Assessing Claimed Use of the Mustard Family of Blister Agents

There have been a number of alleged incidents claiming to involve “Mustard Gas” (i.e. Sulfur Mustard or one of its variants) in the last year. Some are more credible than others, but it seems that allegations of Mustard usage are becoming more commonplace. Some examples of claimed use include the following: Venezuela: In February 2014,…

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October 11, 2014

By Aaron Stein

Turkey Recognizes the ISIS Threat

Does Turkey view the Islamic State as a threat? Do Turkish government officials embrace the idea of a Kurdish-Turkish alliance against a shared enemy: The Islamic State? Do the unfolding clashes portend the end of the peace process, or do both sides have an interest in sustaining the on-going negotiations? And do the the on-going clashes resemble similar unrest in Turkey during the 1990s? Today, Aaron speaks with Hugh Pope, a Deputy Program Director with the International Crisis Group, about the situation in Turkey.

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October 3, 2014

By Aaron Stein

The Assault on Kobane

The clashes around Kobane between the YPG and the Islamic State have increased in recent weeks. The IS assault is threatening to topple the autonomous Kurdish canton. Today, I speak with Isabel Hunter, an independent journalist based in Gaziantep, about the situation on the Turkish-Syrian border and the on-going clashes between the two groups.

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