Center for Strategic Communication

November 13

Making an Energy Boom Work for the U.S.

David L. Goldwyn/New York Times

The rapid rise in output of natural gas and, more recently, oil in the United States is transforming the country’s energy and economic landscape. These production booms are revolutionary, but not in the way that many people think. Experts, for instance, argue that an increase in North American energy self-sufficiency will lead to equally drastic changes in geopolitics.

 2,780 reasons why coal isn’t finished quite yet

Steve LeVine/Quartz

When oilmen joke about the view of some that the world is running out of fossil fuels, they sometimes note that the Stone Age did not end because the world ran out of stones. A lack of fossil fuels might similarly not be the biggest worry facing the modern world, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.

The Need for U.S.-Iran Talks

Roger Cohen / New York Times Opinion

The author argues war with Iran would be devastating, to a Middle East in transition, to U.S. interests from Afghanistan to Egypt, and to the global economy. The time available for averting conflict is limited.

How Climate Change is Causing Antarctic Sea-ice to Expand

David Braun/National Geographic

As rising temperatures continue to shrink the extent of Arctic summer sea-ice, there has been much speculation as to why the ice cover on the opposite side of the planet has expanded slightly in recent years. Now British scientists have found the explanation–and it’s related to climate change.

Satellite images suggest North Korean working on missiles, group says

Jethro Mullen / CNN

Undeterred by the embarrassment of a failed rocket launch earlier this year, North Korea appears to be pressing ahead with the development of long-range missiles, according to an analysis of satellite images by a U.S. academic website.

Islamabad gets the taste of traditional American music

Jamal Shahid / Dawn

On an otherwise quiet Sunday night, young Islamabadis who decided to come to the National Art Gallery’s auditorium were treated to traditional American music courtesy the US State Department.

Militant Islamic Preacher Freed on Bail in Britain

Alan Cowell/ The New York Times

A militant Islamic preacher wanted in Jordan to face terrorism charges, who is depicted by British officials as a top operative of Al Qaeda, was released on bail on Tuesday after winning the latest in seven years of legal battles that have been portrayed by his lawyers as crucial tests of British justice.

France’s President Hollande struggles to regain popularity

Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President Francois Hollande has suffered a dramatic decline in popularity during his first six months as leader of France, failing to convince much of the country that his Socialist government is capable of firm leadership to overcome a persistent economic slump.


Threat Finance and Financial Intelligence

The American Security Project aims to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in Threat Finance and Financial Intelligence by examining the role of these dynamic fields as part of the U.S. national security strategy.

In the News

The reality of climate change can no longer be ignored

An oped from ASP board members and members of ASP’s Consensus featuring Lieutenant General Daniel Christman, USA (Ret.), Brigadier General Steve Anderson, USA (Ret.) and Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.) ran in the Global Post discussing the global problems of climate change and possible solutions.

Garaghty: American Dreams, Indian Realities

ASP’s Adjunct Junior Fellow Colin Geraghty, published an article on the transformation of U.S. India Relations in the Dipomat.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

Myopia: How Counter-Terrorism Has Blinded Our Intelligence Community

Foshua Foust

In the last 24 months, unpredictable events have caught U.S. policymakers by surprise: the “Arab Spring” movement in 2011 and the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. In the wake of both surprises, many in Congress and the public have been wondering: why didn’t we see this coming?

Political Pressure and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Galen Petruso

This month, the EPA will consider a petition to grant a “waiver” on America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

New Fusion Report: Shift Focus to Producing Practical Energy

Nicholas Cunningham

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit research organization supported by major utilities, recently published a report on the prospects for fusion energy in the coming decades.