Andrew Freedman / Climate Central
Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms. Fed by warm ocean waters and moist atmospheric conditions, about 90 such storms — also known as tropical cyclones — form worldwide each year.
Luke Hunt / The Diplomat
After ten years of painstaking planning and meticulous work, Vietnam has been declared free of weapons-grade uranium by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after an international effort at the Dalat national research center, which was powered by nuclear fuel supplied by Russia.
Grant Smith / Bloomberg
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast the world will need less of its crude next year, even as global oil demand growth rebounds to its strongest pace since 2010, amid competing supply sources.
Wendy Koch / USA Today
“I’ve never seen it like this before,” says Teare, a grandmother who has lived in her modest Lakeside Beach ranch for 20 years. Her community has been under emergency water restrictions since January 2012, when it became the first to run dry during Texas’ ongoing three-year drought. It stays afloat with six daily truckloads of water.
Abigail Hauslohner, William Booth, and Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post
CAIRO — Egypt’s top prosecutor has ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader and nine other top Islamist officials for allegedly instigating violence that led to the killing of more than 50 demonstrators Monday.
Associated Press / The Guardian
The US navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot can be asked to do.
Langi Chiang and Kevin Yao / Reuters
China warned on Wednesday of a “grim” outlook for trade after a surprise fall in June exports, raising fresh concerns about the extent of the slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy and increasing the pressure on the government to act.
Ben Blanchard / Reuters
Talks between China and the United States on cyber security, overshadowed by revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, have gone well, state media said on Wednesday, with both sides pledging to improve cooperation.
J. Michael Cole / The Diplomat
According to the Taiwanese government, force modernization — a leaner, smaller, more professional and tech-savvy military — is the answer to the country’s future defense needs. The main pillar of this transformation is Taipei’s multi-year program to drop mandatory military service and shift to an all-volunteer force (AVF).
Doyle Rice / AZ Central
PHOENIX — The canal, its blue water sparkling in the morning Arizona sunshine, has been there in some form for more than a thousand years. More than 10 centuries ago, Native Americans dug canals to bring water — the desert’s most precious resource — into their farms and communities in the harsh climate of what’s now Phoenix.
Energy Policy Information Center
Over the weekend, an unmanned, runaway train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada. The severity of the catastrophe—which caused a massive explosion and has resulted in at least 13 confirmed deaths and over 50 missing persons, as well as widespread devastation throughout the town—is prompting an important discussion about the abrupt proliferation of transporting crude oil by rail.
On our flashpoint blog
The U.S. Air Force recently published a report outlining its strategic vision for science and technology over the near-, mid- and long-term.
Cultural diplomacy’s aim is to promote understanding between two nations based in the knowledge of one other’s customs and mores. It is through this cultural understanding that meaningful relationships can be built and developed. These meaningful relationships are the building blocks on which future diplomatic interactions can be built.
Climate Change is increasingly recognized as a direct national security threat. Rising greenhouse gas emissions contribute to an increasing frequency and severity of floods, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes. The damage of these disasters is vast. Swiss Re estimated the property damage of Hurricane Sandy at $ 70 billion and of Hurricane Katrina at $ 230 billion.
This week we keys issues around America’s Competitiveness and how they impact national security. The United States ranked 7th in the World Economic Forum’s 2012/2013 global competitiveness report, just a few years after being ranked first – and this has big impacts on our national interest and overall security.
Basic and early research is critical for developing the breakthrough technologies of the future, and this research is essential for solving our long-term energy challenges. However, many speculative energy projects are simply too risky for investors, so the U.S. created a new type of research organization in 2007 to explore the vast potential of these future technologies.
The United States and European Union have decided to negotiate settlements over their trade cases with China. Both the U.S. and China have had numerous complaints, variously accusing the other of unfair trade practices, as covered by ASP in the past.
BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.)
While I don’t always agree with Frank Gaffney, his op-ed in The Washington Times this morning was almost spot on. The world IS changing, and it’s changing FAST. We need to enhance our national security by moving away from old Cold War thinking – to understand, adapt, and counter the threats we face today.
Climate change poses a real and severe threat to the world’s 436 nuclear power plants, which generate almost fourteen percent of the world’s electricity production. In a recent story written by Jonathan Tirone of Bloomberg, climate change may increase electricity prices by a third in southern Europe as power plants struggle to cool down their facilities.
The small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec was rocked early Saturday morning by a series of massive explosions—Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper likened it to a “war zone.”
On Wednesday, July 10th the American Security Project will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Restoring American Competitiveness: A National Security Crisis” in collaboration with the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C.
ASP in the news
ASP’s Matthew Wallin published an op-ed today in Medium exploring the current state of America’s public diplomacy.
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).
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.
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 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. Joel Wit, a former State Department satellite imagery analyst, edits the 38 North website, which records developments within North Korea.
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.
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.
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.
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 here.