Iceland, like all Arctic nations, is Drilling for Oil

Every country with Arctic waters is now actively exploring for oil in their offshore waters. The U.S. should offer technical assistance and insist on high standards, but should not cease exploration in its own waters.

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What We Are Reading

  Key Reads   American Security Project Launches Business Council for American Security Maggie Feldman-Piltch / American Security Project American Security Project announces the launch of The Business Council for American Security (BCAS). The Council will be a permanent membership group supporting ASP.   Afghan Taliban Confirm Death of Mullah Omar, Say Group Has New Leader Al […]

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What We Are Reading

Key Reads   Greeks Reject Bailout Terms in Rebuff to European Leaders Suzanne Daley / New York Times Greeks delivered a shocking rebuff to Europe’s leaders on Sunday, decisively rejecting a deal offered by the country’s creditors in a historic vote that could redefine Greece’s place in Europe and shake the Continent’s financial stability. Islamic […]

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Key Reads Euro Zone Welcomes New Greek Debt Proposals, More Work to Do Renee Maltezou, Jan Strupczewski / Reuters Euro zone finance ministers welcomed new Greek proposals for a cash-for-reform deal on Monday but said they required detailed study and it would take several days to determine whether they can lead to an agreement to […]

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What’s in a Name?: Boko Haram renames itself the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP)

Boko Haram has recently declared its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and renamed itself the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP).

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What We Are Reading

Key Reads   How to Make Sure Iran Is a Nuclear Non-Proliferator John Kerry and Ernest Moniz / Foreign Policy Without fanfare or hoopla, the NPT has succeeded in making the world a safer place. And now Tehran is back in the fold.   Death toll rises to 3,800 in Nepal earthquake Rama Lakshmi and […]

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Key Reads   Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘seriously wounded in air strike’ Martin Chulov and Kareem Shaheen / The Guardian The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian.   US open to include Iran in Syria peace talks, […]

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Key Reads   Congress and White House strike deal on Iran legislation Karen DeYoung and Mike DeBonis / The Washington Post A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday to give Congress the power to review a potential Iran nuclear deal after a June 30 negotiating deadline, in a compromise with the White House that allows President Obama to avoid […]

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Iran’s Fragile Rise

While the recent nuclear framework agreement between the P5+1 and Iran is a major step towards ensuring that Tehran does not obtain nuclear weapons, some justifiably point out that a final deal might turn Iran into a “second Saudi Arabia,” albeit one that will wreak much havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond. As Benjamin […]

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