Center for Strategic Communication

The Catch-22 of “Low” Oil Prices
John Vidal / The Guardian
In short—increasing supply (domestic or otherwise) will do little to drive down prices, because numerous forms of unconventional production simply become uneconomical once oil prices drop below a certain threshold.

Haiti Cholera Epidemic Caused by UN, Say Experts
Mark Doyle / BBC News
A group of international scientists studying a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti has concluded that peacekeepers from the United Nations were the most likely source of the disease.

Iran Is Said to Want Direct Talks With U.S. on Nuclear Program
Michael R. Gordon / NY Times
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq told the Obama administration this month that Iran was interested in direct talks with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program, and said that Iraq was prepared to facilitate the negotiations, Western officials said Thursday.

U.S. Won’t Seek Death Penalty for Snowden, Holder Says in Letter to Russian Official
Sari Horwitz and Michael Birnbaum / The Washington Post
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has told a Russian official that the United States will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who released classified documents to reporters about U.S. surveillance and has been holed up in a Moscow airport.

Egypt’s Morsi Charged With Espionage; Tension Mounts
Jeffrey Fleishman / LA Times
Egyptian prosecutors have charged deposed President Mohamed Morsi with espionage and colluding with the militant group Hamas in provocative accusations ahead of rival rallies planned Friday by Islamists and largely secular opposition forces.

100,000 Are Dead in Syria and “Helping” Will Probably Kill More
Michael Crowley / TIME
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a grim announcement on Thursday: the death toll from Syria’s civil war, by the U.N.’s count, has now surpassed 100,000.

EIA Projects Massive Growth for Renewables, Nuclear Power Through 2040
Power Magazine
The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) released today projects that renewable energy and nuclear power will each increase 2.5% per year through 2040, but fossil fuels will continue to supply almost 80% of world energy use by 2040.

Facts About Smith-Mundt Modernization
Broadcasting Board of Governors
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the media organizations that it supports can now make their content available in broadcast quality upon request within the United States.  This is due to a law that went into effect on July 2, 2013…

On Our Flashpoint Blog

BPC Event on Geopolitics of Shale Gas
Nicholas Cunningham
On July 25th, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted its second installment of its ongoing series on unconventional oil and gas developments in the U.S. The first was on the geopolitical implications of the tight oil boom, and this second event covered the geopolitical implications of the surge in U.S. shale gas production – something that ASP has written extensively on.

Forecasting the Future: EIA’s International Energy Outlook to 2040
Warren Dym
On July 25th the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Adam Sieminski, on the occasion of the 2013 International Energy Outlook (IEO2013) release. The report contains forecasts of world energy demand by region and energy source, electricity generation by energy source, and CO2 emissions by energy source to 2040, among other critical issues. Sieminski presented major findings from the report.

Chasing the Prize: The Role of Incentivized Competition in Innovation
Rory Johnston
Rory Johnston examines SAFE’s Energy Security Prize; a grant awarded to three readily deployable oil dependence-reducing technologies each year.

This Week in Public Diplomacy
Katrina Trost
#IIP #Egypt #socialmedia #twitter #softpower

ASP in the News

Adjunct Fellow Dan Grant Writes an Op-Ed on TTIP for “The Hill”
ASP Adjunct Fellow Dan Grant recently published a blog for “The Hill” on the impact of the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on China.

ASP’s BGen Steve Cheney Op-Ed published on eSharp – ‘Trade agreement will enhance national security’
Earlier this month, representatives from the United States and European Union began the start of what both sides hope will be the largest trade deal in history. This Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive trade deal that will attempt to eliminate trade barriers between the two economic superpowers.  The United States and Europe hope to have the deal completed by the end of 2014.

ASP’s Andrew Holland Quoted in Law360
ASP’s Andrew Holland offered his take on the recent selection of Adm. McGinn to lead the Navy’s energy efficiency efforts.

Upcoming Events

Yemen’s Political Transition and National Dialogue: Progress and Challenges
Yemen is currently in a historic period of political transition following the 2011 revolution and the end of former President Saleh’s regime. At the mid-point of its National Dialogue process, Yemen faces many challenges. Please join us on Tuesday, July 30th from 12:00 until 1:00pm at 1100 New York Ave, 7th Floor West Tower. Lunch refreshments will be served between 11:30am and 12:00pm. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by July 28th to:

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Implications for Global Security & Western-Chinese Relations
How will a free trade zone with unified standards that comprises nearly half of the world’s GDP affect China? Is this the beginning of an economic cold war between East and West? Or is it an opportunity for establishing standards that will become globally recognized? Join us for a panel discussion on the implications of the TTIP on Wednesday, July 31stfrom 8:30 until 9:30 am. Location: 1100 New York Avenue, NW 7th Floor West. Breakfast refreshments will be served from 8:00 until 8:30 am. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by July 29th to:

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