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8 April 2013


U.S. Designs a Korea Response Proportional to the Provocation

David E. Sanger/The New York Times

As North Korea hints at new military provocations in the coming days, the United States and South Korea have drawn up plans to respond more forcefully than in the recent past, but in a limited way intended to prevent an escalation to broader war.

All Syria chemical arms claims must be probed: U.N.’s Ban

Anthony Deutsch/Reuters                                     

An advance team of U.N.-mandated experts has arrived in Cyprus and is awaiting the Syrian government’s permission to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in the extensive civil war.


Margaret Thatcher, Who Remade Britain, Dies at 87

Joseph R. Gregory/The New York Times

Former British Prime Minister, the “Iron Lady”, died Monday at age 87. She was best known for tough economic reforms and for leading Britain during the Falkland War.

Kerry presses Israel and Palestinians for concessions to pave way for peace talks

Anne Gearan/Washington Post

Attempting shuttle diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry has begun visiting Palestinian and Israeli leaders in hopes of gaining concessions from both sides to open up future peace talks.

Time to Face Facts

John Kerry/ Op-Ed/ Foreign Policy

Three years after the ratification of the New START Treaty, Secretary of State, John Kerry, says that the treaty is working exactly how it was intended.

Parents’ statement on the death of Anne Smedinghoff

Craig Newman/Sun-Times News

U.S. foreign service officer, Anne Smedinghoff, was killed in Afghanistan when a bomb exploded on her way to delivering books to a local school. She became the first U.S. diplomat killed in the country since 2001.

Fracking support becomes bipartisan as both parties see economic benefits

Ben Wolfgang/The Washington Times

As he weighs whether to allow fracking in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under intense pressure from the oil and gas industry, Republican lawmakers and long-struggling communities eager to see the drilling technique jump-start the state’s economy.

Won’t give a kopeck for Arctic shelf exploration

Thomas  Nilsen / Barents Observer

Russia’s largest private oil company Lukoil says drilling the Arctic seabed is accompanied by too high risks and will not be profitable enough.

Extreme Weather Boosts Poverty in Sri Lanka – Report

Amantha Perera / Alertnet

Drought and floods have left many people in Sri Lanka in dire circumstances. Climate experts warn that such impacts on the economy and its poorest sections will become more frequent unless governments plan ahead.

ASP Recently Published

American Security Quarterly

Read our latest collection of our writings in this edition of American Security Quarterly – with special lead of American Competitiveness

The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change: Preliminary Results

Andrew Holland and Xander Vagg

The American Security Project releases the preliminary results of a new resource on climate change and national security: The Global Security and Defense Index on Climate Change. The Index analyzes how governments around the world and their militaries plan for and anticipate the strategic threats of climate change.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

Removal of Highly Enriched Uranium from the Czech Republic

Katharyn Nicolle

The United States has successfully secured 68 kilograms of highly enriched uranium, enough to make two nuclear weapons, from the Czech Republic.

Interview – Norm Augustine: Willpower, patience needed to improve American competitiveness

August Cole

There are times when the best policy solution should be the easiest to achieve, but remains stubbornly out of reach. Nowhere is this more evident than in the challenges with improving American competitiveness.

Interview – Debt ceiling again looms large for states, city government

August Cole

America’s competitive position has state and local roots, even if most of the policies that impact our standing are decided inside the Beltway.

America’s National Labs Critical to Energy Security

BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.)

America’s national labs are critical to driving innovation in the years to come, which will help solve many of the most vexing problems facing our country today such as threats from climate change and energy insecurity.

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, April 10 at 8:30 AM – The European Union (EU) is going through major political and economic changes. There is much debate on the future of the United Kingdom within institutions of the EU. Join us to discuss these issues and many more with Tobias Ellwood MP.

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

Monday, April 15 at 12:30 PM – Join us for a conversation with Linton Brooks, Ambassador and former Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), on the future of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

The Geopolitical Implications of U.S. Natural Gas Exports

Tuesday, April 16 at 12:30 PM – Join us for a discussion on how U.S. natural gas exports can achieve geopolitical goals by enhancing the energy security of America’s closest allies.

Video: ASP Board Member Christine Todd Whitman on Platts Energy Week

ASP Board Member Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and EPA Administrator, appeared on Platts Energy Week discussing the evolving energy landscape.


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