Center for Strategic Communication

16 November

We have failed in Afghanistan and should pull out immediately says Paddy Ashdown

Lucy Kinder/The Telegraph

The former Liberal Democrat leader urged British troops to “get out” of Afghanistan as soon as possible, to avoid “wasting” any more lives. He said: “The only outcome of staying longer is more deaths for no purpose; most of them now caused not by the enemy in front of our troops, but by the enemy among them.”

New J.P. Morgan Jam 

Wall Street Journal 

JPMorgan is expected to be served with a notice from U.S. regulators regarding inadequate anti-money laundering systems.  The examination of JPMorgan, the nation’s largest bank, is part of a broader effort on the part of the Office of the Comptroller and of the Currency to crackdown on money laundering.

EU group endorses training mission for Mali

BBC News Europe

The foreign and defense ministers from France, Italy, Germany, Poland, and Spain have agreed to an EU training mission in Mali, to be carried out in support of a military intervention planned by ECOWAS and backed by the African Union.  Once plans for the intervention are approved by the UN, troops could be one the ground in Mali “within weeks.”

What is Ansar al Sharia, and was it behind the consulate attack in Benghazi?

Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank / CNN

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is expected to tell House and Senate committees Friday that soon after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it suspected Ansar al Sharia was responsible. But just what is Ansar al Sharia, and why wasn’t it identified as a prime suspect two months ago?

Jordanian protesters, police scuffle as Amman demonstrations continue

Joby Warrick and Taylor Luck / Washington Post

Police armed with truncheons skirmished with protesters outside a central Amman mosque on Friday as demonstrations over rising fuel prices rocked this Western-backed Arab monarchy for a fourth straight

U.S., Pakistan plan joint effort to boost peace talks with Taliban

Anne Gearan / Washington Post

The United States and Pakistan are planning a joint effort to draw the Taliban toward peace talks in Afghanistan, an initiative that could help reconcile some militants and give Pakistan a say in the political future of its larger neighbor.

Japan PM Yoshihiko Noda set for general election

BBC News

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has dissolved parliament ahead of a general election next month. Mr Noda, in power since August 2011, will face newly-elected opposition leader Shinzo Abe in the polls.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

Gov. Cuomo: New York Will Lead on Climate Change

Nicholas Cunningham

It is critical that our cities begin planning for the inevitable disasters that will result from climate change, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He promised that New York will lead on climate change.

ASP Slides on Fusion Energy

Nicholas Cunningham

Fusion energy has the potential to play a large role in America’s energy security over the long-term. Check out these slides for a concise overview of fusion energy

The CTBTO Science and Technology Conference

Aaron Hesse

The CTBTO conference highlights the broad range of verification measures the treaty has at its disposal to ensure detection of nuclear explosions. After twenty years without nuclear testing, it’s time for the US to take the next step by ratifying the CTBT.

SPECIAL FEATURE: America’s Dual Track for Somalia and the Case of Kismayo

Matt Freear

With the end of a tortuous transitional period earlier in the year, a more technocratic President, a draft Constitution, and waning Islamic militancy, Somalia looks to be on course for a bright, secure and stable future.

ASP Slides on Critical Energy Choices

Nicholas Cunningham

ASP adapted its “Critical Energy Choices Paper” into a quick and easy slideshow format for reference.

The IEA’s World Energy Outlook and American Energy Independence

Xander Vagg    

Earlier this week, the International Energy Agency released its annual flagship publication, the “World Energy Outlook”. Some are calling it the crowning jewel of the drive for North American Energy Independence, but the situation is not so simple.

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