Joshua Foust / PBS
How can the U.S. can help or hinder Afghanistan’s transition to full sovereignty? It’s hard work, but moving past a reliance on bilateral deals to considering regions in a broader context is one way the U.S. can avoid the tunnel vision that often cripples its diplomatic ambitions
Andrew Holland / Robert Gardner
Our competitiveness in global energy markets will be increasingly determined by how well the U.S. economy uses its technological lead to transition toward alternative fuel sources. Still, with so much oil at stake in the Arctic, getting policy right in the Arctic is critical to our energy future.
August Cole / Small Wars Journal
Getting a handle on the advanced technologies that will cause the rules of everything from urban warfare to gender roles is one of the most underappreciated, yet critical, challenges faced by the U.S. national security community.
Christine Todd Whitman / National Journal
As America refocuses on cleaner energy policies that help boost our economy, nuclear power is becoming a clear and critical part of a secure, sustainable energy portfolio. It’s a source of power that leaders on both sides of the aisle can support.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen Avraham Dichter as the country’s new civil defense minister. In the past, Dichter has expressed a preference that Israel not act alone against Iran.
Robert Beckhusen/Danger Room in Wired
There are reports from Mexico that the Pentagon plans to send Navy SEALs to hunt the Sinaloa Cartel kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in a plan drawing on that used in the raid on Osama bin Laden.
Martin Hesse / Spiegel Online
Banks, companies and investors are preparing themselves for a collapse of the euro. Cross-border bank lending is falling, asset managers are shunning Europe and money is flowing into German real estate and bonds.
ASP Published Today:
The Arctic Climate and Energy Fact Sheet summarizes key developments in the Arctic, and discusses all aspects of Arctic energy development. It intends to broaden and enhance the cost benefit analysis of future energy production in the Arctic.
This paper evaluates several reasons why the rush by oil companies into the Arctic should be considered more closely. Harsh drilling conditions, unproven oil spill response, inadequate science, and fragile ecosystems pose real reasons for caution.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
The Law of the Sea Treaty is not dead, as some have said. Its merits & broad, bipartisan support will get it passed after the election.
China appears increasingly strident in its foreign policy, unilaterally moving to assert control in the South China Sea. There are several actions the U.S. should take to ensure these disputes are resolved diplomatically.
The next major hurdle for fusion energy research is to demonstrate the ability to produce net gain (produce more power than is put in). An internationally-backed facility is under construction in the south of France to do just that.
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