Matt Vasilogambros / National Journal
Many lawmakers agree on the potential of natural gas, but are divided on how to incentivize markets and consumers to use the energy source.
Steve Gutterman / Reuters
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said world powers should move towards sanction reduction in response to “constructive moves” by Iran. President-elect Hassan Rohani recently suggested amenability towards a thaw in relations between Iran and the global community.
Speaking today in Berlin, President Obama called for reduction of nuclear arsenals by the U.S. and Russia, in an effort to “move beyond Cold War nuclear postures.”
Days after both the Taliban and the U.S. agreed to talks, President Karzai said he will stay away from talks until the process was “Afghan-led”.
Henry Goldman / Bloomberg
Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last fall, Mayor Bloomberg has called for increased protection against flooding, including flood barriers, bulkheads and dune systems.
Michael Singh / Washington Post
While there is room for optimism following the election of Hassan Rohani, true intentions of the president-elect are still uncertain.
Kurt Cobb / Oilprice.com
Natural gas has enjoyed considerable popularity in the last few years as many claim it will lead to U.S. energy independence but domestic natural gas production has been flat since January 2012.
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian
An estimated 50,000 have gathered in São Paulo to continue demonstrations. Originally in protest of a bus fare hike, protesters are now criticizing a wide array of issues, including police brutality, corruption and inequality.
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The American Security project supports President Obama’s call for reductions of nuclear arsenals. The Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of staff, along with many military members support a one-third reduction of the U.S. arsenal.
ASP senior board member and former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman was featured on last Friday’s The Daily Rundown to discuss the threats of climate change.
American Security Project Board Member Admiral William Fallon (US Navy Ret.) was recently quoted by Lara Jakes of the Associated Press in an article detailing the debate regarding the implementation of a no-fly-zone in Syria. Competing arguments as to the applicability of the lessons learned in Iraq with regards to the viability of a no-fly-zone are presented throughout. Admiral Fallon does not foresee the implementation of a such a tactic, citing fears of possible greater escalation than that of the United States’ best interest.
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Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine spoke on Bottom Line Diplomacy: Why Public Diplomacy Matters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She called for an increase in international relationships and the diplomatic engagement of youth.
Andrew Holland, Paul Hamill
Andrew Holland discusses the latest reports from the Energy Information Agency and the International Energy Agency on global energy production.
Some pundits are predicting a precipitous drop in oil prices, but this is unlikely due to current trends which point to a rising cost per marginal barrel.
Exchange programs are questioned, human terrain teams learn while in operation, and soft power remains difficult to wield.
Recently, several observers have noted that the Navy’s Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels raises the prospect that the Navy will be unable to afford the 12 ballistic missile submarines that it intends to build to replace the Ohio class. On June 12, at the Peter Huessy Congressional Breakfast Series, General Kehler, commander of the U.S. Strategic command, made clear that this would not be the case.
The Fifth Straits Forum opened in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian province on June 15 and will run until June 21. The goal of the forum is “to promise people-to-people exchanges across the Taiwan Strait amid deep-rooted distrust.” While China maintains an arsenal of nearly 1,600 missiles pointed directly at Taiwan, one must question if these talks are enough to breach the nearly six decades of hostilities that have existed between the two countries.
North Korean Nuclear, Missile, and Space Programs: Imagery Brief Policy with Joel Wit
Join us for a lunchtime discussion with Visiting Scholar and former State Department official Joel Wit as he describes current North Korean nuclear, missile, and space programs using imagery slides. Mr. Wit will give his views on the policy options for dealing with this difficult and dangerous nation. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 25th from 12:30-2:00 pm. RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
With the United States in the midst of an oil and natural gas boom, long-held concerns about energy security are giving way to bold predictions of energy independence and diminishing concerns about climate change. These trends raise important questions for business leaders and policymakers alike. Please join us on Tuesday, June 25 from 4:15 until 5:30pm at 300 Madison Ave, New York, NY. as we explore them with some of the nation’s foremost national security experts. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.