International News Coverage
Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | Reuters
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might “rumble on” for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday.
Justin Gillis | The New York Times
Researchers are trying to mimic the growing conditions expected to arise decades in the future as the air fills with heat-trapping gases and other pollutants from human activity.
Dina Cappiello and Seth Borenstein | Associated Press
Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.
Steven Mufson | The Washington Post
Worldwide greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, driven by a hunger for energy as economies grow. Many industrialized countries are going to blow through the 2020 emissions targets they agreed to meet at earlier climate summits.
World Health Organization
WHO releases a quantitative assessment of the health impacts of climate change. This constitutes an update and a further development of the assessment that was first published by WHO for the year 2000, now with a wider range of health impacts, and projections for future years.
Science and Technology
Marcia Dunn | Associated Press
The International Space Station accepted another SpaceX shipment Tuesday, this one containing the first 3-D printer ever launched into orbit.
Mark Zastrow | Nature
As the international ITER project to develop an experimental nuclear fusion reactor eats into research budgets around the world, an advisory panel to the US Department of Energy recommends mothballing at least one of three major experiments and focusing on research necessary to bring ITER online.
Middle East, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
Craig Whitlock | The Washington Post
The United States and several Middle East partners pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday with waves of warplanes and Tomahawk cruise missiles in an aggressive and risky operation marking a new phase in the conflict.
Tom Hays | Associated Press
Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for acting as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Yemen’s Houthi fighters have tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance and signing an overnight deal to win a share of power, capping a decade-long uprising against the government.
William Booth and Ruth Eglash | The Washington Post
Israeli forces early Tuesday shot and killed two Hamas operatives suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers this summer. The abduction of the three students, and the Israeli military’s sweep and mass arrests of Hamas members in the West Bank that followed, was part of a series of events that led to the 50-day war in Gaza.
Ruth Eglash and William Booth | The Washington Post
Israel’s military said it shot down a Syrian warplane Tuesday after the aircraft strayed more than half a mile into airspace that Israel controls over the Golan Heights.
Dan Kedmey | Time
The U.S. has pledged to destroy all existing stockpiles of anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean peninsula, administration officials said on Monday, but stopped short of acceding to an international ban on the weaponry.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
American Security Project
This week, ASP congratulates Board Member Nelson Cunningham on his election as the new President of the American Security Project.
On Monday, ASP founder and Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the 2014 NYC Climate Week conference to discuss the future of climate change and its implications for the United States and the international community.
Building off the current national conversation surrounding the ongoing turbulence in the Middle East, a cadre of panelists reflected on the future of the region and laid out several prescriptions for the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, with varying degrees of optimism and pessimism.
In a recent piece for HuffPost’s The Hill, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and ASP Consensus Member Tara Sonenshine discussed the public diplomacy value of NASA’s announcement of $8.6 billion in contracts to SpaceX and Boeing.
American Security Project
The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change determines to what extent governments around the world consider climate change to be a national security issue, and how their militaries and national security communities have begun to plan for the effects of climate change.
What’s Next? Fostering the Next Generation of Energy Security Conference
September 30 @ 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The next steps in building a cleaner, more resilient energy system and economy will not be easy. The American Security Project intends to build on its years of research into energy security and climate policy by initiating a study into the next generation of energy policy. Join ASP and our panelists as we discuss the next generation of energy technology and climate policy.
ASP Conference: Africa – Promoting Investment and Extending America’s Security
October 2 @ 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The half-day event will bring together expects from the public and private sector, as well as policy makers and members of the media to discuss the mutually beneficial impacts of US private investment on the African continent, opportunities for practical investment, and how to effectively manage the accompanying risk.
October 6 @ 9:00 AM –4:30 PM
The full day conference will include 3 panels and a keynote address will facilitate discussion on the political, security, and economic issues facing Bangladesh and how they can impact the US going forward.