October 22, 2012
Brian Knowlton and Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times
The question of whether the United States should seek to engage Iran in one-on-one talks on its nuclear program joined the likely topics for Monday’s final presidential debate as supporters of President Obama and Mitt Romney jousted on Sunday over the issue.
The Communist Party of China is reportedly discussing amendments to the party’s constitution in an effort to further strengthen one-party rule over the next five years.
Three people were killed overnight in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, while troops clashed with armed men in Beirut on Monday. The simmering violence throughout Lebanon comes after the funeral for “anti-Syrian intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan.”
Steve Gutterma / Reuters
President Vladimir Putin took a leading role in the latest tests of Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal, the most comprehensive since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
Canada has blocked the Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petronas’ US$5.2 billion (CA$5.17 billion) bid for gas producer Progress Energy Resources, saying the proposed investment would not provide a net benefit to Canada.
Cuckoo Paul / Forbes India
Countries, including India, are pooling resources to build a plant that runs on cleaner technology and abundant resources.
Liz Flora / Asia Society
In an interview with Asia Society, former US Institute of Peace president Richard H. Solomon states that when the time comes to make actual policy decisions, politicians do not live up to their inflammatory statements.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic
Almost two-thirds of Democrats and a majority of Republicans agree that the United States should be less involved in Middle Eastern politics.
ASP In The News
Join us for a discussion on climate security, featuring flag officers from the U.S. military. The event will take place next Thursday, 1 November, from 8:30-10:00am at the American Security Project, 1100 New York Avenue, Suite 710 West.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Last week, I spent two days at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 2012 Fusion Energy Conference in San Diego. Fusion is a technology that holds great promise in meeting our energy needs. It merits further research and investment.
Water security in South and East Asia is a vital area of concern for American national security. Read about the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ report on this issue here.
A look back at Goldwater Nichols, 25 years after its implementation. How has the legislation streamlined the chains-of-command and what are its implications on military planning for future confrontations?
About the American Security Project: The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.