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Everything Counts: Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

Building a Control Regime for Nonstrategic Nuclear Warheads in Europe

A new report led by Rose Gottemoeller on non-strategic nuclear warhead policies in Europe, particulary in light of Russia's changing status in the global nuclear community.
3D mockup cover of APARC's volume 'South Korea's Democracy in Crisis'

South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

A close look at what is driving illiberalism and democratic delcine in today’s Korea, including political polarization, politicization of institutions, societal inequality, education, and social media.
System Error book cover and authors

System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot

A forward-thinking manifesto which reveals how big tech’s obsession with optimization and efficiency has sacrificed fundamental human values.

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Anja Manuel
Commentary

Can China’s Military Win the Tech War?

Anja Manuel, Anja Manuel, Kathleen Hicks
2020 July 29, 2020

As the Chinese government has set out to harness the growing strength of the Chinese technology sector to bolster its military, policymakers in the United States have reacted with mounting alarm. U.S.

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How the West could win a technological ‘shadow war’ with China

Anja Manuel, Anja Manuel
2020 June 11, 2020

A new shadow war is underway within the International Telecommunication Union, one of the obscure organizations that sets global technical standards.

International standard-setting is a morass of positive intentions and poor execution. When the process works well, it selects the best technologies based on merit and, for example, allows people to use their personal cellphone numbers anywhere on Earth. When the system fails, we end up with different electrical outlets in each country and scramble for adapters.

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How to use the next stimulus to counter China

Anja Manuel, Anja Manuel, Stephen J. Hadley
2020 May 11, 2020

“Build back better” was the mantra New Orleans adopted after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It should be our country’s motto as we work to recover from the economic and public health crises caused by covid-19.

Read more at The Washington Post

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Working Papers

Compete, Contest and Collaborate: How to Win the Technology Race with China

Anja Manuel, Pavneet Singh, Thompson Paine
2019 October 16, 2019

Bios: Anja ManuelPavneet Singh, Thompson Paine

China systematically extracts advanced technology from the West. It does so legally, by mining open source databases, investing in our most advanced companies, and compelling technology transfer as a condition for doing business in China, as well as illicitly, through cybertheft and industrial espionage.

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The west needs a positive response to China’s technology challenge

Anja Manuel, Anja Manuel
2019 August 16, 2019

Silicon Valley is belatedly waking up to the fact that China systematically extracts the most advanced technology from the west, using both legal and nefarious means.

Read more at The Financial Times

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It's Not Too Late to Prevent a Russia-China Axis

Anja Manuel, Anja Manuel
2018 September 14, 2018

Chinese tanks splashed through the mud, while a few dozen helicopters flew in formation overhead in eastern Russia, and a young Chinese military recruit explained, “I have never experienced an overseas deployment of this scale.” The scene neatly summed up the much-written-about, enormous Russian military exercises that took place this week.

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Books

This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States

Anja Manuel
2016 May 10, 2016

In the next decade and a half, China and India will become two of the world’s indispensable powers—whether they rise peacefully or not. During that time, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size, and military spending.

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How — and why — the US must support Iraq

Anja Manuel
Reuters, 2014 June 13, 2014

As ISIL insurgents in Iraq move south, CISAC Affiliate Anja Manuel urges an end to U.S. inaction in this Reuters blog post. Manuel argues that U.S. drone strikes on advancing ISIL forces should be predicated upon Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's agreement to step down from his post in favor of a more inclusive government.

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Time for action on Syria

Anja Manuel
Reuters, 2013 August 23, 2013

CISAC's Anja Manuel advocates for international action to prevent Syria's civil war from spreading throughout the Middle East. The Obama administration still has many options to sending U.S. troops to Syria, including increasing aid to rebel groups, bringing in other Arab countries, providing air support, and provide amnesty and shelter to defectors once loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

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Impressions of a Pakistan election monitor

Anja Manuel
Reuters, 2013 May 15, 2013

CISAC Affiliate and South Asia expert Anja Manuel gives an eyewitness account of Pakistan's historic May 2013 election. Manuel served as an international election monitor in Lahore, and gives a unique perspective on modern Pakistan. She gives her observations on country's first democratic election, paricularly on women.

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Beyond Malala: Progress for Pakistan's Women

Anja Manuel, Justine Isola
The Daily Beast/Newsweek, 2013 May 8, 2013

CISAC Affiliate Anja Manuel, along with co-author Justine Isola, illustrates Pakistan's young but vibrant women's rights movement. Although women in Pakistan are more likely to be illiterate and be victims of domestic violence, women's rights is not a lost cause. Pakistani women are voting in increasing numbers and winning local assembly and national parliamentary seats. These trends deserve a place among the headlines about Pakistan, which are often eclipsed by coverage of suicide bombings and drone attacks.

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Hillary Clinton's mixed legacy at State

Anja Manuel
The San Francisco Chronicle, 2013 February 8, 2013

CISAC Affiliate Anja Manuel discusses the legacy that Hillary Clinton left as secretary of state, and places Clinton's achievements and failures in context with other domestic and foreign forces.   

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Books

American Interests in South Asia: Building a Grand Strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India

Anja Manuel, Anja Manuel
2011 September 1, 2011
American Interests in South Asia is the latest in a series of policy books stemming from the Aspen Strategy Group's annual summer workshop. This book provides an intensive exploration of the interconnected national security challenges posed by the events in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
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Weak Ties: U.S.-India Economic Relations

Anja Manuel
Foreign Policy, 2010 November 5, 2010

Despite the fact that India's economy is booming with 8% annual growth, a large english-speaking population and a strong talent base, economic ties between New Delhi and Washington remain weak. CISAC's Anja Manuel explains what the policy obstacles are and how they can be overcome. 

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U.S. Must Search for Common Ground in Muslim World

Anja Manuel
The Washington Post, 2009 July 1, 2009

South Asia scholar Anja Manuel discusses how the United States can improve its image with Muslim communities worldwide, going beyond just "winning hearts and minds." Farah Pandith, the State Department's new Special Representative to Muslim Communities, must navigate difficult policy paths to create a message of peace, stability, and economic opportunity. 

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Managing the Pentagon's International Relations

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Christiana Briggs, Anja Manuel
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, 2000 December 31, 2000

Book abstract:

This book addresses the organization and management of the national security establishment, and especially the Department of Defense, to implement the policies the nation's leaders choose for it, to manage the programs they direct, and to adapt to a changing world.

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Commentary

The nuclear option for emerging markets

Anja Manuel
Reuters,

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Last year, greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high of 39 billion tons. Emissions actually dropped in the United States and Europe, but substantial increases in China and India more than erased this bit of good news.

That is all the more reason to focus on innovative solutions that slow the growth in emissions from emerging markets.

The U.S.-India civilian nuclear deal is one such solution.

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Why India has less inequality than U.S.

Anja Manuel
Reuters,

In this Reuters blog post CISAC Affiliate and South Asia expert Anja Manuel explains that, while India now has more equal wealth distribution than the United States, the outcome of the ongoing general election in India could shift the economic dynamics at play in the country.

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