The American Security Project hosted Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), who spoke about US interests in Africa and AFRICOM. Rep. Smith said we need to look at Africa as an opportunity, not a crisis: it is a place where a unique government agency, AFRICOM, is trying to work holistically to build institutions and create stability.
Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters
As one of the Sunni Muslim soldiers who form the bulk of the Syrian army, Lieutenant Adnan Suleibi kept being pushed to the front of units fighting in the rebellious city of Homs.
Arshad Mohammed and Martin Petty / Reuters
The United States and China signaled a willingness on Thursday to work together on “sensitive issues” in a move to cool tensions between rival claimants to the potentially oil-rich and increasingly militarized South China Sea.
A prominent Rwandan exile who was shot in South Africa alleges his president was behind a plot to kill him, and that the leader has tried to kill other dissidents around the world.
Dan Friedman / National Journal
This week, Senate Democrats are acknowledging they will probably not pass any of the annual spending measures before the November elections.
Agence France-Presse / Defense News
North Korea on July 12 insisted it needs atomic weaponry to deter a U.S. nuclear threat, and vowed never to give up its right to launch rockets as part of what it called a peaceful space program.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / The Guardian
A former general of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards has accused the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, of having blood on his hands over the brutal crackdown on the country’s opposition, and described government claims that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful as a “sheer lie”.
Wall Street Journal
Popular support for Vladimir Putin’s government continues to erode and Russia could see a full-blown political crisis before he finishes his six-year presidential term, says an influential Moscow think tank.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Brig. General John Adams USA (Retired)
Despite the recent buildup, neither increased domestic oil production nor the building of oil pipelines south from Canada will result in energy independence or low fuel prices in the long term.
The oil industry is experiencing a revolution that will “de-conventionalize” oil. So what does virtually unlimited amounts of oil mean for our future energy policy?
A House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing revealed an unsure place for alternative fuels in the transportation sector leaving much room for further debate.
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