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Pakistan opens Afghan supply line after US apology

Bradley Klapper / Associated Press

The Obama administration says Pakistan is reopening supply lines into Afghanistan after the U.S. issued an apology for the November killing of 24 Pakistani troops in a NATO airstrike.

Is Mali’s conflict a threat to the region?

Al Jazeera English

In Northern Mali where separatists from the Tuareg MNLA recently declared an independent state, al Qaeda-linked militants have reportedly seized control, further escalating tensions in the country.

Iran says test-fires missiles over threats of attack

Marcus George / Reuters

Iran said on Tuesday it had successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel in response to threats of military action against the country, Iranian media reported, the latest move in a war of nerves with the West.

Iran nuclear talks restart as tensions rise in Gulf

Julian Borger / Guardian

Negotiations in Istanbul as the US sends more ships to Gulf and Iran’s parliament calls for action in the Strait of Hormuz

UN report: North Korea violates sanctions by shipping arms, could be parading fake missiles

Associated Press

North Korea continues to violate U.N. sanctions by attempting to ship arms to Syria and Myanmar and illegally importing luxury goods, according to a long-awaited report by a U.N. experts panel.

Climate Change: U.S. Heat Waves Wildfires and Flooding are ‘What Global Warming Looks Like’

Seth Borenstein /Huffington Post

Recent extreme weather throughout the U.S. provides insight as to what climate change looks like according to climate scientists. These weather events have affected millions of Americans both regionally and personally.

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Rio+20: Lessons Learned or Missed Opportunities?

Catherine Foley

The Rio+20 Earth Summit was labeled a “failure” before it began due to the watered down language in the conference paper. Despite this, the leaders at Rio+20 made a few positive steps forward but also missed a few key opportunities.

Understanding the U.S. Role in Afghanistan

Joshua Foust

Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran has published a devastating account of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Last week, he was on PBS News Hour to speak with Ray Suarez about the amount of money the U.S. spent there.

The Sequestration Update

Zachary Miller

As the sequestration clock continues to tick, the opportunity for a legitimate compromise in Congress appears to be diminishing. Ultimately, the effect of sequestration on long-term strategy may be the most relevant aspect of the impending cuts.

The Nuke Review

Daniel Painter

Russian Navy chief Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov confirmed that the Bulava missile has de facto been adapted into service with the Navy. (Read for more)

Dereliction of Preparedness after the Derecho

Matthew Wallin

Downed trees, power out, stores closed, and a certain level of pre-apocalyptic chaos. My assessment? Over a decade after 9/11, and almost 7 years after Katrina, I’m not still sure we’re ready for a real emergency.

Policy Needed as Americans Feel the Heat

Carl Grote

With extreme weather plaguing citizens across the country, U.S. lawmakers should pursue climate policy to enhance national security.

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