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ASP Statement on Chuck Hagel

Stephen A. Cheney/ American Security Project

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the American Security Project, I congratulate one of our founding fathers and now former board member Chuck Hagel upon his confirmation as Secretary of Defense.

NASA: Climate Change Thins Forests in Eastern U.S.

Wendy Koch/ USA Today

Years of drought and high temperatures have damaged not only corn and other crops nationwide but also the forests in the eastern United States, NASA satellites show.

Elephant Seals Help Scientists Solve Climate Mystery

Reuters/ The Guardian

Elephant seals wearing head sensors and swimming deep beneath Antarctic ice have helped scientists better understand how the ocean’s coldest, deepest waters are formed, providing vital clues to understanding its role in the world’s climate.

U.S. Generals Warn of Climate Dangers

John Parnell/ RTCC

A leading group of US security experts has warned of the imminent threat of climate change in an open letter to US policymakers.

U.S. Movies Toward Providing Direct Aid to Syrian Rebels

Karen DeYoung/ The Washington Post

The Obama administration is moving toward a major policy shift on Syria that could provide rebels there with equipment such as body armor and armored vehicles, and possibly military training, and could send humanitarian assistance directly to Syria’s opposition political coalition, according to U.S. and European officials.

Iran’s ‘Plan B’ For a Nuclear Bomb

James Kirkup, David Blair, Holly Watt and Claire Newell/ The Daily Telegraph

Iran is developing a second path to a nuclear weapons capability by operating a plant that could produce plutonium, satellite images show for the first time.

China Likely to Appoint Expert on North Korea, Japan as Foreign Minister

Benjamin Kang Lim/ Reuters

China is likely to appoint an expert on Japan and North Korea as its next foreign minister, three independent sources said, in a measure of Beijing’s resolve to improve difficult relationships with two of its closest neighbors.

Attack on Afghan Police Post Leaves 17 Dead

BBC News

An attack by insurgents on a police post in Afghanistan has left 11 police officers and six others dead.


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This Week in Public Diplomacy Feb 25

Livia Pontes Fialho

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In Texas, Renewable Energy Production is Thriving

Theodore J. MacDonald

Wind and solar power are expected to make huge gains in Texas in the near future, turning the state into an even bigger renewable energy powerhouse.

Nuclear Industry Looking to Extend Current Reactor’s Lifespan

Nick Cunningham

The nuclear industry gathered in Washington to discuss relicensing the nation’s aging nuclear fleet beyond the current 60-year lifespan most reactors have been given.

One Reason South Asia is Important to the ‘Rebalance’ to Asia: Climate Change

Andrew Holland

Climate change will cause security challenges and will increase the risk of conflict in South Asia. As America’s security planners ‘rebalance’ to Asia, it is important to remember that climate change will threaten security there.

Competitiveness—Education: What Most Schools Don’t Teach

Paul Hamill

CodeOrg released a great video today regarding the need to learn code in high school – some high profile coders and some less known coders (but probably more high-profile names) discuss why schools need to teach code.