Center for Strategic Communication


A Clear and Present Danger

Andrew Holland and Xander Vagg/ The Diplomat

On February 15, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met in an unofficial capacity to discuss one of the most pressing threats of our time: climate change. Last month’s meeting was convened at the behest of the UNSC’s current President Pakistan and the U.K., and was only the third time the Council met to address the issue since 2007.


U.S. taking serious note of N. Korea’s ‘provocative’ threats, Hagel says

Ernesto Londono / The Washington Post

U.S. officials are taking seriously a string of provocative threats from the North Korean government, Devense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, hours after the U.S. military dispatched stealth planes of capable of dropping nuclear-armed missiles for a training exercise in South Korea.


North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force

David Chance and Phil Stewart / Reuters

North Korea put its missile unites on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.


China’s Leader Tries to Calm African Fears of His Country’s Economic Power

Chris Buckley / New York Times

China’s new president, Xi Jinping, sought tot assure African countries on Monday that his government would heed complaints that relentlessly competitive Chinese companies were suffocating African efforts to nuture industry and jobs, and he promised aid, scholarships and technology transfers in an effort to counter those fears.


China’s Massive Water Problem

Scott Moore / New York Times

This month, a hundred years after the completion of the Panama Canal, China is expected to finish the first phase of it’s gigantic South-North Water Transfer Project.


Greenland halts new oil drilling licences

Terry Macalister / The Gaurdian

The new government of Greenland has slapped a moratorium on thte granting of fresh offshore oild and gas drilling licences in the country’s Arctic waters in a move which has been welcomed by Greenpeace but will disappoint the industry.


The United States and Iran

Irene Anne Jillson / Science & Diplomacy

In biomedical and behavioral science- as in other fields- scientific discovery, and the resulting technology development, can derive from individual research endeavors.



ASP Recent Reports


The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change: Preliminary Results

Xander Vagg

The American Security Project releases the preliminarty results of a new resource on climate change andnational security: The Global Security and Defense Index on Climate Change. The Index analyzes how governents around thte world and thteir militaries plan for and anticipate the strategic threats of climate change.



On Our Flashpoint Blog


A Conversation with Anita Friedt: Nuclear Priorities 2013

Katharyn Nicolle

Check out the video of our event!


The China Question

August Cole

The wielding of power in a functional political system during times of politcal and economic transition is critical to a nation’s competitiveness. Corruption, self-dealing and factionalism are liabilities that undermine any country seeking a leading role on the global stage.


Event Summary: A Conversation with Anita Friedt: Nuclear Priorities 2013

Brian Kastner

A summary of an ASP event featuring Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Arms Control, Anita Friedt, discussing nuclear priorities for the administration.

ASP Upcoming Events


Nation Branding and Global Politics: A Conversationw ith Sir Martin Sorrell

Join ASP for an insightful conversation on nation branding with Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of the world’s largest advertising group.


Major General Muniruzzaman in Coversation: Climate Change and Global Security

Join us for a conversation with Major General Muniruzzaman (Ret.), and ASP’s CEO Bbrigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), both of whom are members of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC), with General Muniruzzaman as Chairma.


A Conversation with Tobias Ellwood MP: The UK in the EU and the future of Transatlantic Cooperation

The European Union (EU) is going through major political and economic changes. There is much debate on the future of the United Kingdom within the institutions of the EU. Join us to discuss this and many more issues with Tobias Ellwood MP.


The Future of U.S. Nuclear Deterrent: A Conversation with Amb. Linton Brooks

Join us for a conversation with Linton Brooks, Ambassador and former Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)>