Center for Strategic Communication



28 August 2012


Riots grip Kenyan city after killing


For a second day, riots continue in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa following the killing of Aboud Rogo, a Muslim spiritual leader with alleged ties to Somalia’s al Shabab.


‘Degrade, Disrupt, Deceive’: U.S. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes

Noah Shachtman / Danger Room in Wired

Marking a shift in the US military’s cyber strategy, the US Air Force plans to invest $10 million in short-term projects aimed at boosting the US’ ability “to destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp” enemies’ cyber capabilities.


Visit by Egypt’s Morsi to Iran reflects foreign policy shift

Ernesto Londoño / The Washington Post

A decision by Egypt’s new president to travel to Tehran for a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement this week reflects a major foreign policy shift for the Arab world’s most populous nation, after decades of subservience to Washington.


Iran denies plans to show nuclear sites to diplomats


Iran said on Tuesday it has no plans to show its nuclear sites to diplomats visiting Tehran for this week’s Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, despite an earlier offer by a deputy foreign minister.


Norwegian Deputy Defense Minister Proposes Life Sentence for Terrorism

Lyndsey Smith/The Foreigner

Deputy Defence Minister Roger Ingebrigtsen, whose stepdaughter survived Anders Behring Breivik’s attack on Utøya, believes there should be the opportunity to impose stricter sentences if Norway ever suffers another assault by a person similar to the now jailed terrorist.

Australia to cut carbon floor price, link to EU scheme                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

James Grubel/Reuters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Australia will scrap its planned floor price for carbon emissions and will link directly with the European Union’s emissions trading scheme by 2018, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said on Tuesday.

German offshore wind sector needs more than just new law: executives

Christoph Steitz/Reuters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Changing regulations will not be enough to make Germany’s planned offshore wind expansion work, executives and industry experts say, arguing the industry needs to find other ways to support one of the main pillars of the country’s energy shift.

New Mileage Standards Would Double Fuel Efficiency

Tom Krisher and Matthew Daly / Associated Press

The Obama administration is set to announce new regulations that would force the average gas mileage of new cars and trucks to nearly double in the next 13 years.



On Our Flashpoint Blog


The U.S. and UAV’s: Financial Cost vs. Strategic Value

Ashley Boyle

One of the more prominent aspects of the discourse on drones is the cost-benefit tradeoff in their acquisition and use. While broadly speaking, drones maintain a slight cost advantage over their manned counterparts, it cannot be said that they are categorically cheaper.


Ban Ki Moon Visits Tehran

Aaron Hesse

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s decision to attend the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) – a group of 120 nations allied with neither superpower during the Cold War – this week in Tehran has garnered some criticism.


He Chose Those Words For All Mankind

Matthew Wallin

With the saddening news of Neil Armstrong’s passing this weekend, my thoughts returned again to the public diplomacy power of NASA and the American space program. The field of space exploration is one in which the U.S. has reigned supreme since the Apollo crew’s famed moon landing in 1969.


Hurricane Isaac Puts Energy Infrastructure At Risk

Nicholas Cunningham

Hurricane Isaac is heading for the Gulf Coast and is expected to make landfall sometime Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. While much of the media attention is focused on preparations for emergency response (as well as the delayed Republican National Convention), what does the hurricane mean for our nation’s energy infrastructure?


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