Center for Strategic Communication

With or Without Us

Fareed Zakaria / Time Magazine

Those urging the U.S. to intervene in Syria are certain of one thing: If we had intervened sooner, things would be better in that war-torn country. Had the Obama Administration gotten involved earlier, there would be less instability and fewer killings.

Russian nuclear forces, 2013

Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Russia is in the middle of modernizing its nuclear forces, replacing Soviet-era ballistic missiles with fewer improved missiles. This is best available unclassified estimate of Russian nuclear forces.

Kazakhstan says working with U.S. on Boston bomb probe

Lidia Kelly and Mariya Gordeyeva / Reuters

Kazakhstan said on Thursday in condemned any form of terrorism and was cooperating with the United States after two of its citizens were charged with interfering with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.

North Korea sentences American to 15 years hard labor

Ju-min Park / Reuters

North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae to 15 years hard labor on Thursday for what it said were crimes against the state, a move that will likely see him used as a bargaining chip in talks with Washington.

U.K. Must Balance Trident Renewal with Ability to Conduct Traditional Military Campaigns

Rachel Oswald / NTI

Budget difficulties have left the United Kingdom with a tough decision to make in the next few years – whether to pour billions of dollars into building a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines or use the money to maintain its diverse conventional armed forces capabilities.

Somalia famine ‘killed 260,000 people’


Nearly 260,000 people died during the famine that hit Somalia from 2010 to 2012, a study shows.

ASP Recently Published Reports

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 to 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 sector must take steps to thrive during a draw down 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

Bringing Russia in from the Cold

Robert Fojtik

Russia’s legal development, economic health, and ability to contribute as a global partner are all intricately linked. Too much of the United States’ policy towards Russia has been aimed at punishing the country for not being Western enough, when the goal should be making Russia a team player in the international order.

Why Oil Prices Will Remain High Despite the U.S. Oil Boom

Andrew Holland

The truth appears to be that demand for oil in the developing world – particularly (but not exclusively) in Asia – is effectively insatiable (at least over the medium term). These are fast growing economies with rising middle classes. For every new barrel or oil produced by the United States, there are refiners in China willing to buy it to satiate their country’s ever-growing demand.

This week in Public Diplomacy

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The Governator – The immigration solution the nation needs

BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.)

Immigration reform is an economic and national security issue. The United States is in desperate need to improve its competitiveness – and that includes ringing the brightest and best to our country to work, live, start business and become American.

Syria Update: President Obama’s Tuesday Press Conference

Eric Harris Bernstein

At Tuesday morning’s press conference, President Obama confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria but did not yet commit to an action plan.

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