David Chance and Jack Kim/ Reuters
North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, angering the United States and Japan and prompting its only major ally, China, to call for calm.
Clifford Krauss / New York Times
In another blow to its Alaskan Arctic drilling program, Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday that it had decided to tow its two drill vessels there to Asian ports for major repairs, jeopardizing its plans to begin drilling for oil in the icy northern seas next summer.
Ben Goad / The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency is formally moving forward with its Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The effort comes in response to a 2009
government-wide directive via President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality, requiring agencies to plan this year for future climate change.
A new study, conducted specifically to explore the forces driving extreme weather events and their implications for national security planning over the next decade, finds that the early ramifications of climate extremes resulting from climate change are already upon us and will continue to be felt over the next decade, directly impacting US national security interests.
UN News Centre
On Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to a United States think tank. He highlighted Syria and climate change as two major issues that threatened huge, global consequences and called for the international community to uphold its responsibilities in facing them.
Malini Sen/ India Times
India has one of the youngest populations in the world. The biggest challenge that the country is facing today is how to bridge the gap between education and employability. In order to tackle this challenge, the government has decided to launch Community Colleges from the next academic session 2013-2014 to facilitate mobility of learners into the employment sector.
The Obama administration on Monday announced new penalties against people and organizations in five countries for allegedly engaging in illicit weapon-sensitive dealings with Iran, North Korea or Syria.
ASP Recently Published Reports
this timeline follows the North’s nuclear program from its outset in the 1950’s, traces its development over the years, and highlights key points in the North’s weaponization process-be it mere desires (seen through statements, communications and activity), or tangible technical advances.
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty is a zero-yield ban on nuclear testing that builds upon a long and bipartisan history of attempts to halt nuclear testing. The CTBT is an important step in enhancing American national security interests: it allows us to maintain our own strong nuclear deterrent while deterring and preventing other non-nuclear states from developing nuclear weapons.
Andrew Holland and Nick Cunningham
This paper examines the causes of America’s soaring gasoline prices. The paper underscores that the price of gas is intimately interconnected with crude oil prices, which are set by global markets. The paper cautions that although America’s oil production has surged in recent years, it has not lowered gas prices.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
North Korea’s third nuclear test, conducted yesterday evening, has been met with widespread condemnation from the international community. This test, like the ones in 2006 in 2009, is in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Read about Iran’s nuclear program, North Korea, and more!
ASP released its report, “Cause and Effect: U.S. Gasoline Prices” that demonstrates that retail gasoline prices are driven by events largely out of our control.