Center for Strategic Communication

Why is the price of oil so hard to predict?

George Perry / Real Clear Energy

Perry outlines the various factors that complicate oil price predictions.

Russia Today: Putin’s weapon in the war of images

Benjamin Bidder / Spiegel

The international news network Russia Today is outperforming many of its competitors, using an effective combination of money, anti-Americanism and sex appeal. Even American news icon Larry King has “defected to the Russians”.

Egypt declares national emergency


A month-long state of emergency has been declared after people were killed at protest camps in Cairo.

Oil Reforms by Mexico may upend markets

Clifford Krauss / New York Times

Mexico’s potential energy market reform may change the U.S. dependence on OPEC producers.

Obama administration pushes for Apache helicopter sale to Iraq

Josh Rogin, Eli Lake / The Daily Beast

So far, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have refused the sale of Apache helicopters to Iraq. The country’s top diplomat will be visiting this week and attempt to change their minds.

Sequestration ushers in a dark age for science in America

Sam Stein / Huffington Post

As budget woes keep government funding from labs, scientists struggle to find new ways to gain funding and support.

Not the American way

The Economist

The Department of Justice moved to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways in a change of direction from the approved mergers of years past.

Shale gas revolution will create winners, losers

Matthew Lynn / MarketWatch

As with any market transformation, the “shale gas revolution” will create economic winners and losers.

ASP Recent Publications

FACT SHEET- American Competitiveness and National Security

The security of our nation inherently depends upon the strength of our ability to compete in the global market place while simultaneously raising living standards at home.

U.S. Public Diplomacy Towards Iran

This report explores several types of public diplomacy aimed towards Iran, and looks into some of the challenges and potential of these programs as part of an overall strategy for addressing U.S. national security interests.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

Loss of Louisiana Wetlands Increases Vulnerability to Climate Change

Nicholas Cunningham

Louisiana has experience its fair share of severe storms, but the loss of wetlands means the Gulf Coast is losing one of its key insurance policies against climate change.

Bay of Bengal- A Hotspot for Climate Insecurity

Andrew Holland

On the Bay of Bengal’s coast these problems of a changing climate combine with already existing social problems like religious strife, poverty, political uncertainty, high population density and rapid urbanization to create a very dangerous cocktail of already security threats.

ASP in the News

ASP’s Andrew Holland Cited in Washington Post

Brad Plumer, of The Washington Post’s WonkBlog wrote an interesting article on the ongoing academic research on the link between climate change and violence, and linked to a blog post written by ASP’s Andrew Holland.

Paul Rockower in the Huffington Post: The Public Diplomacy of Free France During WWII

ASP Adjunct Fellow Paul Rockower’s piece on Free France’s public diplomacy during WWII has subsequently appeared in the Huffington Post.