Center for Strategic Communication

The United States is Losing the Race for Fusion Power

ASP’s Nick Cunningham and Theodore MacDonald / AOL Energy

America’s debate on energy policy is consumed by partisanship and short-term thinking. Whether the debate today focuses on tax credits for specific technologies or removing regulatory hurdles to allow for more energy production, policymakers are failing to plan for the long haul.

Ready (or Not?) for a Great Coming Shale Boom

Kate Galbraith / The New York Times

The Cline Shale, thousands of feet underground in a roughly 10-county swath, is just one of many little-tapped shale formations in Texas and across the nation

The Dark Side of Energy Independence

Benjamin Alter and Edward Fishman / The New York Times

While the latest energy revolution will be a boon to America’s economy, it will in no way allow the United States to turn its back on the rest of the world.

Russia raids group with ties to militant in video posted by Boston bombing suspect

Susan Candiotti and Ben Brumfield / CNN

Russian special forces killed two members of a jihadist group in an early morning raid this weekend in the semiautonomous republic of Dagestan, two Russian police sources told CNN on Monday.

Italy’s new government begins life in climate of crisis

James Mackenzie / Reuters

New Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta seeks the backing of parliament in a confidence vote on Monday, facing severe political and economic problems that will test the solidity of his broad coalition government in the months ahead.

Russia and Japan vow to solve islands dispute

Al Jazeera

Leaders Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe pledge to overcome “existing differences” on six decades dispute through talks.

North Korea holds back seven South Koreans at industrial zone

Kim Do-gyun and Lim Sang-gyu / Reuters

North Korea held back seven of 50 remaining South Koreans at the suspended jointly run factory zone north of the heavily armed border on Monday, citing last-minute checks on taxes and wages.

Syrian prime minister survives Damascus bombing, six die

Dominic Evans / Reuters

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday, state media and activists said, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar al-Assad’s capital.

Hezbollah’s role in Syrian civil war drives sectarian tension in Lebanon

Abigail Hauslohner / The Washington Post

Lebanese groups on opposite ends of the nation’s polarized political spectrum are starting to play a more public role in the Syrian civil war, rendering Lebanon’s stated policy of neutrality toward the two-year conflict increasingly obsolete and threatening the tenuous stability of this Arab country.

Libya gunmen surround Tripoli foreign ministry


Men in pick-up trucks bristling with anti-aircraft guns have blocked off Libya’s foreign ministry, demanding a jobs ban on Gaddafi-era officials.

At Least 8 Killed in Taliban Attacks on Candidates in Pakistan

Declan Walsh / The New York Times

Taliban attacks on election candidates in northwestern Pakistan killed at least eight people and wounded dozens on Sunday, adding to a growing toll of militant violence before elections scheduled for May 11.

In changing region, U.S. committed to military ties with Gulf Arabs

William Maclean and David Alexander / Reuters

Washington is signaling its military commitment to its Gulf Arab allies at a time of unfamiliar strain in their decades old partnership.

Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists

Richard Lardner / AP

Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army’s hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle. Lawmakers from both parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams. But senior Army officials have said repeatedly, “No thanks.”

What China and Russia Don’t Get About Soft Power

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. / Foreign Policy

Beijing and Moscow are trying their hands at attraction, and failing — miserably.


ASP Recently Published

International Progress on Fusion Energy – How American Leadership is Slipping

Theodore J. MacDonald

ASP’s fact sheet, “International Progress on Fusion Energy” outlines the steps other countries are taking in developing fusion energy. Meanwhile, the U.S. is considering budget cuts to its fusion program, which will cause irreparable harm to the development of fusion power.

Perspective: The Defense Industrial Base

August Cole

The defense industrial base is tied to American competitiveness 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.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

War of the Soft Powers

Matthew Wallin

Are we in danger of losing our soft power edge to Russia and China? At this point, the answer is no. Should we be frightened by their efforts to augment and enhance their soft power? The answer is also no.

Defense industry faces big tests with Washington and Wall Street

August Cole

The defense industrial base is an important element of America’s economic, and strategic, edge, whether through the contribution to the U.S. economy of billions of dollars in aerospace exports or the employment of some of the country’s most public-minded engineers and programmers.

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