Center for Strategic Communication

Climate extremes are ‘unprecedented’
Roger Harrabin / BBC News

The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

Kerry wraps up marathon trip citing progress on Syria talks, other issues
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post

At the end of a trip that circled the globe, the longest of his five months in office, Secretary of State John F. Kerry claimed progress Tuesday on a number of foreign policy issues bedeviling the Obama administration but resolution of none.

Mursi, Egypt army ready to die in ‘Final Hours’ showdown
Tom Perry and Maggie Fick / Reuters

Egypt’s army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.

European Stocks Drop on Portugal Concerns as Oil Surges
Sarah Jones / Bloomberg News

European stocks dropped the most in more than a week as Portugal’s coalition government splintered and crude oil surged above $100 a barrel amid rising political unrest in Egypt.

Depth of Discontent Threatens Muslim Brotherhood and Its Leader
David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim / New York Times

The Muslim Brotherhood, among the most powerful forces in Egypt, is facing perhaps the worst crisis in its 80-year history. Its members have been gunned down in the streets. Its new headquarters have been ransacked and burned, its political leader, President Mohamed Morsi, abandoned, threatened and isolated by old foes and recent allies.

US Drone Kills 16 Suspected Militants in Pakistan
Roasool Dawar / Associated Press

Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired four missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan before dawn Wednesday, killing 16 suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Obama Revamps $8 Billion Coal Program Amid Objections
Jim Snyder / Bloomberg News

Under fire from coal producers and lawmakers from coal-producing states, the Obama administration is revamping an $8 billion federal loan-guarantee program to help companies reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

Is Concentrating Solar Power The Technology That Saves Humanity?
Silvio Marcacci / Clean Technica

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could unlock our clean energy future and boost solar from an intermittent contributor to a baseload generator – if we clear the regulatory, technological, and financial hurdles standing in the way.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

Against the Global Trend: Pakistan’s Reversal on Climate Change Policy
Evan Meltzer

In a country vulnerable to floods, cyclones, and drought, Pakistan is currently “bucking the trend” when it comes to combating global climate change, according to a recent Dawn newspaper article.

The Other Pivot to Asia: Rosneft Signs Major Oil Deal with China
Warren Dym

There is another pivot to Asia the U.S. should consider, and that is Russia’s. The faltering European economy and global impact of American shale gas—including Middle Eastern liquefied natural gas (LNG) once destined for the U.S. now heading to Europe, and the expectation of U.S. LNG exports there—are compelling Russia to reconsider its strategy for Europe and forge closer ties with China.

Senators Express Support for Fusion Power
William Joyce

Within the Senate markup of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill on June 27, Senator Mary K. Landrieu of Louisiana and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee spoke highly of fusion energy research. Amidst rampant budget cuts throughout all areas of the government, it is great to see several Senators like Alexander, Landrieu and Feinstein defending fusion energy’s role as a critical national interest.

Bare Bases on Foreign Lands – The First Step in Defense Efficiency?
Adin Dobkin

Depending on whom you ask, the United States currently maintains a force of nearly 300,000 troops stationed overseas. Although the majority of these troops are fighting in the war on terror, we also maintain 135,000 troops in full staffed bases in stable and friendly areas.

Energy Security for Europe: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
Warren Dym

The partnership working the Shah Deniz gas play in the Caspian Sea announced its decision today for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to Italy. The TAP will be the last leg connecting Caspian gas to Europe over Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Albania, and Greece.

Kidnapping for Ransom too Lucrative for Terrorists
Ollie Engebretson

Kidnapping Western nationals for ransom has unlocked an alarming source of funds for terrorist organizations, and current counter-strategies don’t seem to offer an effective deterrent. According to David Cohen at the U.S. Treasury Department, terrorist organizations have accumulated over $120 million through kidnapping for ransom (KFR) between 2004 and 2012—a fairly enticing supply of cash for organizations that have increasingly turned to criminal networks and techniques to finance attacks.

Education: Key to American Competitiveness
Wes Reichart

The ability of American firms and workers to compete successfully in a globalized economy is directly dependent upon the quality of education our students receive. American Competitiveness is therefore linked with the success of the U.S. primary, secondary, and higher education systems. As the U.S. has declined in competitiveness rankings, both the American Security Project and Harvard Business School have cited education reform as a necessary step to enhance the ability of the U.S. to compete abroad.

ASP’s New York Event: “Redefining Energy Security in the 21st Century”
Andrew Holland

On Tuesday, June 25, members of the American Security Project’s Board and the Consensus for American Security spoke at event during New York Energy Week, entitled “Redefining Energy Security for the 21st Century.” The event was cosponsored by The Climate Group and PwC. Approximately 100 people attended. The event was hosted at PwC’s global headquarters at 42nd St and Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

ASP in the News

ASP Congratulates its Chairman Gary Hart on his appointment as the chair of the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board

The American Security Project congratulates it’s Chairman Gary Hart on his appointment as the chair of the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board (ISAB).

ASP’s Andrew Holland Featured in Ethanol Producer Magazine’s Article Discussing Renewable Fuels and National Security

Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate with the American Security Project, was recently quoted in a piece by Ethanol Producer Magazine about a survey conducted by Research Now that identifies American attitudes towards oil and renewable fuels as a response to high gas prices.

ASP’s Andrew Holland Quoted in The Detroit Bureau’s Article on Renewable Energy Options

Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate with the American Security Project, was recently quoted in a piece by The Detroit Bureau about American interest in renewable fuel options in response to recent gas price jumps.

The National Journal Discusses Joel Wit’s Speech on Satellite Images During Tuesday’s ASP Event

The National Journal discussed Joel Wit’s talk on Tuesday at the American Security Project, during which he spoke about digging seen in satellite photographs around North Korea’s Punggye-ri test site.

The Korea Herald Covers Joel Wit’s Satellite Imagery Analysis from Tuesday’s ASP Event

The Korea Herald mentioned the American Security Project’s event with Joel Wit, a former State Department satellite imagery analyst and expert on North Korea, in their recent article discussing the Unites States’ approach to combating North Korean nuclear capabilities.

AP Discusses Satellite Imagery Analysis that Joel Wit Covered in His Event at ASP on Tuesday

Joel Wit, a former State Department satellite imagery analyst and a highly regarded American expert on North Korea currently at 38 North, spoke on Tuesday at ASP on North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile programs and American policy responses to them.

38 North Discusses Joel Wit’s Satellite Imagery Analysis that He Covered in His Event at ASP on Tuesday

Joel Wit, a former State Department satellite imagery analyst and a highly regarded American expert on North Korea currently at 38 North, spoke on Tuesday at ASP about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and American policy responses to them.

Upcoming Events

Restoring American Competitiveness: A National Security Crisis
Recent reports by the American Security Project and the Harvard Business School reveal that American competitiveness is slipping, posing a severe threat to our country’s national security. Join our panel of experts as they discuss these challenges and potential solutions to restore America to a position of global leadership in the 21st century.
The panel will take place Wednesday July 10th from 1:00-2:00 pm in Cannon House Office Building, Independence Ave and New Jersey Ave, SE, Room 122.
If you would like to attend, please email by July 8 to RSVP.

The Case For American Competitiveness: A Reception
ASP and the HBS Club of DC are proud to co-sponsor a reception for HBS professor Dr. Jan Rivkin, as well as prominent military leaders. This reception culminates the American Competitiveness Day to inform a bipartisan discourse on Capitol Hill. The reception will take place on Wednesday, July 10th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Alliance Bernstein Board Room, 800 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 1001.
Cost is $35 for members and $60 for non-members
Tickets can be purchased at