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New Details on Disclosure Regarding North Korea

Eric Schmitt / the New York Times

The nation’s top intelligence official said Thursday that a one-paragraph assessment about North Korea’s ability to arm a nuclear missile was mistakenly declassified by the Pentagon’s intelligence agency, an inadvertent disclosure that revealed competing views on te country within the United States’ spy agencies.

Why I’m Done Talking About Energy Security

Andrew Holland / Energy Trend Insider

ASP’s Senior Fellow on Energy and Climate policy discusses the devolution of the term ‘energy security’ into an ambiguous buzzword and calls for pundits to be specific about the real energy issues they are concerned about.

Kerry warns Congress against Iran sanctions

Julian Pecquet / the Hill

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday warned Congress against forcing the Obama administration’s hand in dealing with Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

Gorbachev sees global failure to address eco-risks

John Heilprin / Associated Press

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday painted a dim picture of the world’s environmental progress, two decades after he founded the environmental group Green Cross International.

Hamid Karzai seeks to curb CIA operations in Afghanistan

Emma Graham-Harrison / the Guardian

President Hamid Karzai is determined to curb CIA operations in Afghanistan after the death of a US agent and 10 Afghan children in a battle he believes was fought by an illegal militia working for he US spy agency

Lifeline to “climate refugees”?


The international community has steadfastly dodged the issue of recognition and protection for “climate refugees”- people forced to relocate to another country as a result of the risks and hazards of a changing climate.  Now, the first global initiative to address humanitarian options is underway.

Pakistan’s Musharraf Lashes Out After Arrest

Associated Press / NPR

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf criticized allegations against him as “politically motivated” Friday, following his arrest in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power.

President: Mali Will Be Ready for July Vote

Baba Ahmed / Associated Press

Mali’s interim president on Friday sought to reassure international partners that the country fighting a war with radical Islamic fighters will be ready to hold democratic elections by July as promised.


ASP Recently Published

Perspective – The Defense Industrial Base

August Cole

The Defense industrial base is tied to American competiveness in the 21st Century. For that reason, leaders in the private and public sector must take steps to thrive during a drawn out period of changing expectations while also remaining committed to keeping the country strong through innovation, long-term investment and disciplined management.

American Security Quarterly

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


Flashpoint Blog

Wind Turbines Installed in Record Numbers During 2012

Theodore MacDonald

The most recent report published by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) shows that wind power grew 28% in the United Sates since 2011.

Lockheed Martin Announces Plans to Build Ocean Thermal Pilot Plant

Nicholas Cunningham

Lockheed Martin recently made headlines with its interest in ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), a little known energy technology that could provide clean base load power.

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Kerry and Corker on North Korea

Magnus Newth

Sen. Corker recently published a critical op-ed on China’s lack of help on NK. Follows Sec. Kerry’s visit to the region and subsequent lull in rhetoric.

Michael Porter: American competitiveness is a foreign policy issue

August Cole

While American competitiveness is often framed in terms of productivity and the ability of business to succeed against increasingly capable global competitors, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter says there are also big implications for diplomats and others setting the U.S. agenda abroad. 

U.S. and China Release Joint Statement on Climate Change

Justin Yarros

On April 13th, the United States and China released a joint statement which highlighted the need for large-scale action on climate change. The joint statement is a call for the two countries to strengthen existing agreements and promote economic development powered by green technology.