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Obama, Netanyahu Show Solidarity on Iran

Julie Pace/AP

Seeking a fresh start to a strained relationship, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday demonstrated solidarity on the key issues that have stirred tensions between them

North Korea Threatens U.S. Military Bases in the Pacific

Choe Sang-Hun/ NY Times

North Korea on Thursday threatened to attack U.S. military bases in Japan and the Pacific island of Guam in retaliation for training missions by American B-52 bombers over the Korean Peninsula

IEA Experts Advise Japan on Smart Communities


Two members of the IEA Sustainable Energy and Policy Technology Directorate recently visited Japan’s Tohoku region to provide advice on rebuilding as energy self-sufficient “smart communities” many of the municipalities that were hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

NRL Nike Laser Focuses of Nuclear Fusion

Department of Navy

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have successfully demonstrated pulse tailoring, producing a time varying focal spot size known as ‘focal zooming’ on the world’s largest operating krypton fluoride (KrF) gas laser.

Fast Ignition for Fusion Energy Closer after Supercomputer’s Record Simulation

Katherine Ling/ E&E Publishing

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) pushed the boundaries of the largest and second-fastest supercomputer in the world to perform record simulations that can help model the interaction of ultra-powerful lasers with plasma to “spark” fusion energy, the lab announced yesterday

Google Explains Why the Future of Energy is Green

Michael Kanellos/ Forbes

Google isn’t investing billions into clean energy projects only to feel good and make employees happy. The company is doing it because the bottom line results are supported by data.

Russia Fears Iran Nuclear-Talks Progress Not Irreversible

Ilya Arkhipov and Henry Meyer / Bloomberg

Russia is concerned that recent progress in talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program isn’t “irreversible,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

Iran Says It’s Not Opposed to Direct Talks With US

Associated Press

Iran’s Supreme Leader says he’s not opposed to direct talks with the U.S. to resolve its nuclear standoff with the West. But Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he’s not optimistic that such talks would yield results unless Washington stops imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic

Falling Out of Love with China

David Shambaugh/ NY Times

NOW that China is becoming a world power, it is beginning to recognize the importance of its global image and the need to enhance its “soft power.”

 ASP Recently Published Reports

White Paper- A 10 Year Plan to Energy Security

Andrew Holland and Nick Cunningham

Fusion energy holds great promise to meet America’s energy needs. Energy from fusion is clean, safe, secure and abundant. ASP’s new White Paper report provides a detailed plan on how to accelerate the development of fusion power.

 On Our Flashpoint Blog

Event Review- Energy Security Trust Fund

Danielle Parillo

On March 19, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) held an event discussing the Energy Security Trust Fund (ESTF).

Pentagon- Rare Metals Shortfalls is a National Security Challenge

Justin Yarros

The Pentagon’s recent released annual Strategic and Critical Materials report assesses the risk of critical materials shortages for America’s military. This is a critical national security issue.

Promoting Religious Freedom: a Case for Ensuring National Security

Livia Pontes Fialho

As the new pope for the world’s 1.5 billion Catholics was inaugurated yesterday, one cannot help but think, on a larger scale, of the impact of religion in international politics and foreign policy.

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