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Launched in 1984 after Jamestown's late president and founder William Geimer's work with Arkady Shevchenko, the highest-ranking Soviet official ever to defect when he left his position as undersecretary general of the United Nations, the Jamestown Foundation rapidly became the leading source of information about the inner workings of closed totalitarian societies. Jamestown's work has contributed directly to the spread of democracy and personal freedom in the former Communist Bloc countries. In the 1980s the foundation assisted such key experts as former high-ranking Soviet diplomat Arkady Shevchenko, and former top Romanian intelligence officer Ion Pacepa, whose revelations about their governments -- which then directly challenged the United States -- were unprecedented and singularly important. Jamestown ensured that both men published their insights and experience in what became bestselling books. Shevchenko's Breaking With Moscow revealed the details of Soviet arms control strategy and tactics, and diplomatic moves, at the height of the Cold War. And even today some credit Pacepa's revelations about Ceacescu in his bestselling book Red Horizons with the fall of that government and the freeing of Romania. Since its founding, The Jamestown Foundation has emerged as a leading provider of research and analysis on conflict and instability in Eurasia and one of the most reliable sources of information on the region. Over the past two decades, Jamestown has developed an extensive global network of experts -- from the Black Sea to Siberia, from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific. This core of intellectual talent includes former high-ranking government officials and military officers, political scientists, journalists, scholars and economists. Their insight contributes significantly to policymakers engaged in addressing today's new and emerging global threats, including that from international terrorists.

Mission: The Jamestown Foundation’s mission is to inform and educate policy makers and the broader community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States and which frequently restrict access to such information. Utilizing indigenous and primary sources, Jamestown’s material is delivered without political bias, filter or agenda. It is often the only source of information which should be, but is not always, available through official or intelligence channels, especially in regard to Eurasia and terrorism.

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face...
08/16/2018
A Reappraisal of China-Iran Ties After US JCPOA Withdrawal - Jamestown

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face headwinds in its ties with China post-JCPOA https://t.co/fNWZSzYWc8

On May 8, after weeks of negotiations with European leaders, US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed between Iran and several other world powers, citing concerns that the JCPOA had failed to constrain Iran’s progress in...

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, a...
08/16/2018
China’s New Missile Force: New Ambitions, New Challenges (Part 1) - Jamestown

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, and why it matters to Xi Jinping's dreams of regional military supremacy. https://t.co/fmRiXT67Ex

At the end of 2015 the missile branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Second Artillery Force (第二炮兵部队), was formally elevated to a full service and renamed the Rocket Force (火箭军; PLARF) part of a sweeping drive to improve the PLA’s joint operations, command and contro...

Ex-@JamestownTweets intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan an...
08/16/2018
Risky Business: A Case Study of PRC Investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Jamestown

[email protected] intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. One takeaway: despite debt trap fears, PRC cash is still more than welcome. https://t.co/dbtWxZSdUq

China’s “New Silk Road” or “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) has reached Central Asia in resounding fashion. As a result, the republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have seen large increases in Chinese presence and investment. Although both countries have overlapping needs, the degree and c...

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sin...
08/16/2018
Xi’s Grip Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis - Jamestown

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sino-US trade war may be opening up cracks in Xi Jinping's grip on power. https://t.co/cLw4o9NBIY

A spate of unusual reports in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese-language media lend credence to the idea that, while Xi Jinping remains China’s undisputed paramount, his authority seems somewhat diminished. A moratorium of sorts appears to have been called on the relentless personality cult construct...

08/16/2018
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A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Ro...
08/16/2018
Domestic Criticism May Signal Shrunken Belt and Road Ambitions - Jamestown

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative. @tombschrader explains why. https://t.co/oNJuDamMdS

In the past two weeks, obvious signs of discontent with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping’s ambitious policy agenda have emerged into public view. (Willy Lam explores these signs and their policy implications in “Xi’s Grip on Authority Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis”, also in this is...

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face...
08/15/2018
A Reappraisal of China-Iran Ties After US JCPOA Withdrawal - Jamestown

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face headwinds in its ties with China post-JCPOA https://t.co/fNWZSzYWc8

On May 8, after weeks of negotiations with European leaders, US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed between Iran and several other world powers, citing concerns that the JCPOA had failed to constrain Iran’s progress in...

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, a...
08/15/2018
China’s New Missile Force: New Ambitions, New Challenges (Part 1) - Jamestown

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, and why it matters to Xi Jinping's dreams of regional military supremacy. https://t.co/fmRiXT67Ex

At the end of 2015 the missile branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Second Artillery Force (第二炮兵部队), was formally elevated to a full service and renamed the Rocket Force (火箭军; PLARF) part of a sweeping drive to improve the PLA’s joint operations, command and contro...

Ex-@JamestownTweets intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan an...
08/15/2018
Risky Business: A Case Study of PRC Investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Jamestown

[email protected] intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. One takeaway: despite debt trap fears, PRC cash is still more than welcome. https://t.co/dbtWxZSdUq

China’s “New Silk Road” or “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) has reached Central Asia in resounding fashion. As a result, the republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have seen large increases in Chinese presence and investment. Although both countries have overlapping needs, the degree and c...

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sin...
08/15/2018
Xi’s Grip Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis - Jamestown

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sino-US trade war may be opening up cracks in Xi Jinping's grip on power. https://t.co/cLw4o9NBIY

A spate of unusual reports in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese-language media lend credence to the idea that, while Xi Jinping remains China’s undisputed paramount, his authority seems somewhat diminished. A moratorium of sorts appears to have been called on the relentless personality cult construct...

08/15/2018
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Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Affiliation Job Title Jamestown’s E-Mail Lists Events E-Newsletter Jamestown Strategic Digest (JSD) China Brief (CB) Eurasia Daily Monitor (EDM) Terrorism Monitor (TM)

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Ro...
08/15/2018
Domestic Criticism May Signal Shrunken Belt and Road Ambitions - Jamestown

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative. @tombschrader explains why. https://t.co/oNJuDamMdS

In the past two weeks, obvious signs of discontent with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping’s ambitious policy agenda have emerged into public view. (Willy Lam explores these signs and their policy implications in “Xi’s Grip on Authority Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis”, also in this is...

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face...
08/14/2018
A Reappraisal of China-Iran Ties After US JCPOA Withdrawal - Jamestown

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face headwinds in its ties with China post-JCPOA https://t.co/fNWZSzYWc8

On May 8, after weeks of negotiations with European leaders, US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed between Iran and several other world powers, citing concerns that the JCPOA had failed to constrain Iran’s progress in...

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, a...
08/14/2018
China’s New Missile Force: New Ambitions, New Challenges (Part 1) - Jamestown

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, and why it matters to Xi Jinping's dreams of regional military supremacy. https://t.co/fmRiXT67Ex

At the end of 2015 the missile branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Second Artillery Force (第二炮兵部队), was formally elevated to a full service and renamed the Rocket Force (火箭军; PLARF) part of a sweeping drive to improve the PLA’s joint operations, command and contro...

Ex-@JamestownTweets intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan an...
08/14/2018
Risky Business: A Case Study of PRC Investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Jamestown

[email protected] intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. One takeaway: despite debt trap fears, PRC cash is still more than welcome. https://t.co/dbtWxZSdUq

China’s “New Silk Road” or “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) has reached Central Asia in resounding fashion. As a result, the republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have seen large increases in Chinese presence and investment. Although both countries have overlapping needs, the degree and c...

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sin...
08/14/2018
Xi’s Grip Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis - Jamestown

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sino-US trade war may be opening up cracks in Xi Jinping's grip on power. https://t.co/cLw4o9NBIY

A spate of unusual reports in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese-language media lend credence to the idea that, while Xi Jinping remains China’s undisputed paramount, his authority seems somewhat diminished. A moratorium of sorts appears to have been called on the relentless personality cult construct...

08/14/2018
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Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Affiliation Job Title Jamestown’s E-Mail Lists Events E-Newsletter Jamestown Strategic Digest (JSD) China Brief (CB) Eurasia Daily Monitor (EDM) Terrorism Monitor (TM)

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Ro...
08/14/2018
Domestic Criticism May Signal Shrunken Belt and Road Ambitions - Jamestown

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative. @tombschrader explains why. https://t.co/oNJuDamMdS

In the past two weeks, obvious signs of discontent with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping’s ambitious policy agenda have emerged into public view. (Willy Lam explores these signs and their policy implications in “Xi’s Grip on Authority Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis”, also in this is...

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face...
08/13/2018
A Reappraisal of China-Iran Ties After US JCPOA Withdrawal - Jamestown

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face headwinds in its ties with China post-JCPOA https://t.co/fNWZSzYWc8

On May 8, after weeks of negotiations with European leaders, US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed between Iran and several other world powers, citing concerns that the JCPOA had failed to constrain Iran’s progress in...

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sin...
08/13/2018
Xi’s Grip Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis - Jamestown

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sino-US trade war may be opening up cracks in Xi Jinping's grip on power. https://t.co/cLw4o9NBIY

A spate of unusual reports in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese-language media lend credence to the idea that, while Xi Jinping remains China’s undisputed paramount, his authority seems somewhat diminished. A moratorium of sorts appears to have been called on the relentless personality cult construct...

Ex-@JamestownTweets intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan an...
08/13/2018
Risky Business: A Case Study of PRC Investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Jamestown

[email protected] intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. One takeaway: despite debt trap fears, PRC cash is still more than welcome. https://t.co/dbtWxZSdUq

China’s “New Silk Road” or “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) has reached Central Asia in resounding fashion. As a result, the republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have seen large increases in Chinese presence and investment. Although both countries have overlapping needs, the degree and c...

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, a...
08/13/2018
China’s New Missile Force: New Ambitions, New Challenges (Part 1) - Jamestown

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, and why it matters to Xi Jinping's dreams of regional military supremacy. https://t.co/fmRiXT67Ex

At the end of 2015 the missile branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Second Artillery Force (第二炮兵部队), was formally elevated to a full service and renamed the Rocket Force (火箭军; PLARF) part of a sweeping drive to improve the PLA’s joint operations, command and contro...

08/13/2018
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Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Affiliation Job Title Jamestown’s E-Mail Lists Events E-Newsletter Jamestown Strategic Digest (JSD) China Brief (CB) Eurasia Daily Monitor (EDM) Terrorism Monitor (TM)

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Ro...
08/13/2018
Domestic Criticism May Signal Shrunken Belt and Road Ambitions - Jamestown

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative. @tombschrader explains why. https://t.co/oNJuDamMdS

In the past two weeks, obvious signs of discontent with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping’s ambitious policy agenda have emerged into public view. (Willy Lam explores these signs and their policy implications in “Xi’s Grip on Authority Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis”, also in this is...

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face...
08/12/2018
A Reappraisal of China-Iran Ties After US JCPOA Withdrawal - Jamestown

US JCPOA withdrawal has implications far beyond the Middle East. Roie Yellinek digs into why the Iranian regime may face headwinds in its ties with China post-JCPOA https://t.co/fNWZSzYWc8

On May 8, after weeks of negotiations with European leaders, US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed between Iran and several other world powers, citing concerns that the JCPOA had failed to constrain Iran’s progress in...

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, a...
08/12/2018
China’s New Missile Force: New Ambitions, New Challenges (Part 1) - Jamestown

Space Force? Try Rocket Force. @batesgill1 and @adam_ni bring you Part 1 of a deep dive on the PLA's new Rocket Force, and why it matters to Xi Jinping's dreams of regional military supremacy. https://t.co/fmRiXT67Ex

At the end of 2015 the missile branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Second Artillery Force (第二炮兵部队), was formally elevated to a full service and renamed the Rocket Force (火箭军; PLARF) part of a sweeping drive to improve the PLA’s joint operations, command and contro...

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sin...
08/12/2018
Xi’s Grip Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis - Jamestown

Willy Lam is at his tea leaf-reading best in this issue of @ChinaBriefJT. Read his analysis of why pressure from the Sino-US trade war may be opening up cracks in Xi Jinping's grip on power. https://t.co/cLw4o9NBIY

A spate of unusual reports in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese-language media lend credence to the idea that, while Xi Jinping remains China’s undisputed paramount, his authority seems somewhat diminished. A moratorium of sorts appears to have been called on the relentless personality cult construct...

08/12/2018
Subscribe to our mailing list - Jamestown

Want @ChinaBriefJT delivered straight to your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter at https://t.co/IvFNVNQMV5

Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Affiliation Job Title Jamestown’s E-Mail Lists Events E-Newsletter Jamestown Strategic Digest (JSD) China Brief (CB) Eurasia Daily Monitor (EDM) Terrorism Monitor (TM)

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Ro...
08/12/2018
Domestic Criticism May Signal Shrunken Belt and Road Ambitions - Jamestown

A new wave of domestic criticism of "foreign aid" may signal China's ready to clip the wings of Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative. @tombschrader explains why. https://t.co/oNJuDamMdS

In the past two weeks, obvious signs of discontent with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping’s ambitious policy agenda have emerged into public view. (Willy Lam explores these signs and their policy implications in “Xi’s Grip on Authority Loosens Amid Trade War Policy Paralysis”, also in this is...

Ex-@JamestownTweets intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan an...
08/12/2018
Risky Business: A Case Study of PRC Investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - Jamestown

[email protected] intern extraordinaire @perezagruzil dives into the data on Belt and Road investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. One takeaway: despite debt trap fears, PRC cash is still more than welcome. https://t.co/dbtWxZSdUq

China’s “New Silk Road” or “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) has reached Central Asia in resounding fashion. As a result, the republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have seen large increases in Chinese presence and investment. Although both countries have overlapping needs, the degree and c...

08/11/2018

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