Center for Strategic Communication

13 September 2012

Mexico ‘Gulf cartel boss’ Jorge Eduardo Costilla caught

BBC News Latin American and Caribbean

Mexican marines have reportedly captured Jorge Eduardo Costilla, a suspected leader of the Gulf cartel.  The cartel has engaged the Zetas cartel in a violent rivalry for control over drug trafficking routes throughout Mexico and into the US.

 Nuclear sector seeks to regain trust after Fukushima

Karolin Schaps/Reuters

LONDON- The global nuclear industry, traumatised by Japan’s Fukushima accident 18 months ago, needs to redefine itself to regain public trust and better cooperate to improve safety, senior executives of the sector said on Thursday.

 S. Africa throws UN nuclear meeting on Iran into disarray

Fredrik Dahl/Reuters

VIENNA- South Africa proposed a last-minute change to a U.N. nuclear agency resolution rebuking Iran on Thursday, throwing the meeting into confusion, diplomats said.

Investors see obstacles, risks to BAE-EADS tie-up

James Regan and Gernot Heller/Reuters

Shares in EADS and Britain’s BAE Systems tumbled on Thursday as investors feared that a planned tie-up aimed at creating the world’s biggest defense and aerospace group could run up against political and regulatory obstacles. Potentially the biggest shake-up in the European aerospace and defense sector in a decade, it would underline the push by defense firms to offset the impact of shrinking national military budgets with more revenues from the commercial sector.

 Navy, Marine Corps Will Seek Allies’ Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

Dan Parsons/ National Defense Magazine

Within 10 years, Marines will be spread across the Pacific theater, stationed on a rotating basis everywhere from Darwin, Australia, to mainland Japan, said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Command. With such a distributed force — the largest concentration of which will be 11,500 Marines in Okinawa — the “distances alone can defeat your efforts,” Conant said.

U.S. Drones Never Left Libya; Will Hunt Benghazi Thugs

Spencer Ackerman/Danger Room in Wired

US drones were used extensively in Libya as part of NATO’s operations in the country last year.  Despite the war officially ending in October 2011, it appears drones have continued to fly over Libya and will now be used to hunt down the perpetrators of Tuesday’s attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi.

 On the Fate of Asia’s Great Rivers

Justin Gillis / The New York Times

A new report from the National Research Council, a scientific arm of the United States government, brings some sobriety to the oft-heated discussion about melting Himalayan glaciers. Interest in the glaciers intensified in 2010 when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body that publishes periodic summaries of climate science, acknowledged an error in its 2007 report

 Saudi Oil Snub: Don’t Take Riyadh For Granted Mr. President

Matthew Hulbert / Forbes

Saudi Arabia has finally made an oil stand. President Obama was always going to ask Riyadh to put more oil onto global markets in the count-down to U.S. elections as a far simpler (and subtler) move than drawing on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He also expected them to say ‘yes’, that’s no problem Mr. President.

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 Toward a Policy of Modular Multilateralism

Seyom Brown

How, then, should the United States adjust its foreign policy to bring its alliances and multilateral commitments into better match with U.S. interests and the emergent geopolitical realities?


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