Matt Smith / CNN
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s odds of holding power “are slipping away” as the nearly 2-year-old revolt against his rule grinds on, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says.
Edmund Blair and Shaimaa Fayed / Reuters
A man was shot dead on Monday in a fifth day of violence in Egypt that has killed 50 people and prompted the Islamist president to declare a state of emergency in an attempt to end a wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world’s biggest nation.
Lamine Chikhi / Reuters
Suspected Islamist militants attacked an oil pipeline in northern Algeria on Monday, killing two guards and wounding seven other people, a security source told Reuters.
Thomas Fessy / BBC
French-led troops in Mali have seized the airport in Timbuktu, as they move to capture the historic city from militant Islamists, officials say.
Iran has denied media reports of a major explosion at one of its uranium enrichment sites, describing them as “Western propaganda” designed to influence upcoming nuclear negotiations.
Hyung-Jin Kim / AP
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” state media said Sunday, fueling speculation that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations.
Julia Preston / NY Times
A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post
The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials.
Bloomberg news team / Bloomberg
China’s Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has agreed to consider holding a summit with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aimed at easing tensions over a territorial dispute, a Japanese government envoy said.
Jonathan Amos / BBC
An American attempt to bore down into Lake Whillans, a body of water buried almost 1km under the Antarctic ice, has achieved its aim.
Mark Kinver / BBC
Scientists have identified willow trees that yield five times as much sugar as ordinary varieties, “drastically reducing” the impact of biofuels.
Matthew L. Wald / NY Times
A federal appeals court threw out a federal rule on renewable fuels on Friday, saying that a quota set by the Environmental Protection Agency for incorporating liquids made from woody crops and wastes into car and truck fuels was based on wishful thinking rather than realistic estimates of what could be achieved.
ASP in the News
ASP Policy Analyst Nick Cunningham wrote an op-ed for AOL Energy, arguing that several other federal agencies have more influence over the direction of U.S. energy policy than the Department of Energy.
Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense for Presidents Bush and Obama, will keynote a Washington Clean Technology Alliance conference investigating the new political realities for cleantech on January 28, 2013 in Seattle. ASP’s BGen (Ret.) Stephen Cheney and Andrew Holland will also be in attendance, speaking on a panel about energy and national security.
ASP to host an expert-level, invite only event on the implications if fusion energy reaches a breakthrough faster than is expected
The event will be held:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 8:30am until 1:30pm.
Hotel Monaco, 700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
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On our Flashpoint Blog
There are high hopes that building a “Smart Grid” can improve energy efficiency and better incorporate intermittent sources of clean energy.
Following on from President Obama’s inauguration and looking forward to the State of the Union, ASP fellows set out some of the key national security challenges facing our nation. This includes: climate change, energy security, nuclear weapons and proliferation, telling America’s story and public diplomacy, the use of drones and how to tackle terrorism more effectively.
On January 16th, the Army completed work on the world’s largest low-concentration solar photovoltaic (LCPV) system to date at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
Mitchell Freddura & Aaron Hesse
In an event at the Wilson Center, members of the 6th Iranian Parliament outlined a functional framework for a future deal to end the Iran nuclear standoff.