Matt Schudel / The Washington Post
Warren B. Rudman, who warned against soaring federal deficits as a pugnacious two-term senator from New Hampshire and became the Reagan administration’s strongest Republican critic during the Iran-contra affair of the 1980s, died Nov. 19 at George Washington University Hospital. He was 82.
Richard G. Lugar / The National Interest
I tend to resist hyperbolic assessments of the condition of American society. But when I reflect on what is different now from when I entered politics, it is clear that partisan divisions are much sharper than they were in past decades.
Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell / Reuters
The U.N. chief called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza on Tuesday and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a message that escalation of the conflict was in nobody’s interest.
Chris Llewellyn Smith / Science and Diplomacy
SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East)—a major intergovernmental scientific facility under construction near Amman, Jordan whose members include many Middle Eastern states, is a little-known effort to promote cooperation in a turbulent area of the world.
Melanie Gouby and Rukmini Callimachi / Associated Press
A rebel group created just seven months ago seized the strategic provincial capital of Goma, home to more than 1 million people in eastern Congo, and its international airport on Tuesday, officials and witnesses said, raising the specter of a regional war.
Steve Rosenberg/BBC News
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.” A tale about a prisoner in the Gulag, the work is “now regarded as one of the most significant books of the 20th Century.” However, there are signs that Russia is forgetting Stalin’s brutal legacy.
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times
As budget negotiations heat up, so does the debate over the balance between investments in the long-term future and short-term necessities. Fusion is a long-term opportunity that will transform how we energize our society.
200 Investment Firms Issue A Warning On Climate Change
The world’s biggest investment fund managers have called on the Government to act faster to address the risks of climate change as the World Bank warned a warmer world could lead to food shortages, cyclones and drought.
ASP Published Today
A nuclear-armed Iran presents a significant security challenge to the United States. Therefore, it is imperative that the U.S. continues to implement an effective, fact-based policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
A group of 38 Senators sent a letter to Senate leadership opposing restrictions on the Pentagon’s biofuels program. Over the next several weeks, the Senate may take up the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes language that may prohibit DoD from investing in alternative fuels.
Addressing nuclear security challenges will require breaking through the partisan gridlock to develop practical, strategic solutions. Check out ASP’s slideshow on critical nuclear challenges, from Iran’s nuclear program to missile defense and Russia.
Word is out that the U.K. has toppled the U.S. in Monocle’s 2012 Soft Power Survey. Given all the positive news coming out of the Isles this year, one should neither be surprised, nor particularly worried.
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