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 5 February 2013


A New Climate Change Narrative: Climate Resilience

Sarah Ladislaw / CSIS

The country needs a new climate narrative. In short, climate resiliency is about how to improve our ability to withstand and bounce back from the impacts of a changing climate but also provide opportunity for investment in more efficient and more diverse technology and infrastructure that will help us reduce emissions.

Changing the Conversation on Climate Change

Rohit Aggarwala / Bloomberg

In order to achieve stronger action on climate change, the administration and environmentalists need to make some counterintuitive moves to build support

South Korea’s UN envoy says a North Korea nuclear test ‘seems to be imminent’

AP/ Washington Post

South Korean ambassador has urged the Security Council against North Korea if they decide to perform a nuclear test. The North Korean nuclear test site has been busy with activity lately. The Security Council is keeping a watchful eye, hoping North Korea does not decide to perform tests like they did back in 2006 and 2009.

Analysis: Diplomatic window closing in Iran

George Jahn and Brian Murphy

The U.N Security Council is urging Iran to stop expanding their nuclear program. With talks set for later in the month, it seems as though neither side, Iran nor the international world, is willing to budge. Iran stands by its remarks that they are doing everything for medical and scientific purposes, leaving the international world unable to do much of anything about the situation. However, Israel still says that they will hit Tehran’s nuclear targets if negotiations fall through.

Exclusive: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans

Michael Isikoff/NBC News

In a recently revealed memo from the Justice Department, it has been uncovered that the President is allowed to set drone attacks against a U.S. citizen. If it is expected that a U.S. citizen is part of Al-Qa’ida or an informant, than the President can issue an attack against the citizen. Government officials say that this is not considered an assassination but instead an act of national defense.

Sea urchin nickel ‘trick’ could be key to capturing carbon

Matt McGrath/BBC News

Research shows that sea urchins have a natural ability to CO2 and that it could be our model for capturing and storing carbon. This research published in Catalysis Science and Technology explains how Newcastle scientists discovered that sea urchin use nickel to turn carbon dioxide in shell and also how we can use this new information for our benefit.


ASP Recently Published Reports 

Perspectives: The Challenges of the Internet and Social Media in Public Diplomacy

Matthew Wallin

This perspectives paper takes a look at the variety of challenges facing governments that choose to employ social media as a tool of public diplomacy. From measures of effectiveness and audience reach, to the ability to have online material noticed above the sea of information posted daily, the proper use of these tools not as easy and straightforward as it may initially appear.

Factsheet: American Security Enhanced – The Benefits of the New START Treaty

Mary Kaszynski and Katharyn Nicolle

In February 2011 the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty entered into force. The Treaty was ratified by the U.S. Senate in December 2010 based on the widespread bipartisan consensus that the treaty was in the U.S.’ national security interests. This update of our June 2012 fact sheet lays out the security benefits of New START, showing that the treaty is in our national security interests today, just as it was in 2010.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

New START Treaty-2 Years of Success

Mary Kaszynski

The American Security Project has worked to develop the strategic case for New START from the ratification debate to today, as policymakers consider next steps in updating our nuclear strategy.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski Releases Energy Blueprint

Justin Yarros

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski recently released a detailed blueprint called Energy 20/20: A Vision for America’s Energy Future.

Nuke Review January 29th– February 4th

Brian Kastner

Read about Iran’s nuclear program, North Korea, and much more!

Military “Propaganda” in its Current Form

Matthew Wallin

This weekend, USA Today indicated that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed skepticism at the effectiveness of the Pentagon’s “propaganda” programs. To an extent, Panetta is right: it is incredibly difficult to gauge the effectiveness of modern “propaganda.” But that doesn’t tell the whole story.


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