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23 September 2013


Who Drives Electric Cars?

Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal


Electric cars still only make up a small percentage of U.S. vehicles, but their sales nearly tripled in 2012 and are likely to double this year.

High-Level U.S.-Iran Meeting to Take Place

Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal


Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and counterparts from five other countries on Thursday to negotiate containing Iranian nuclear policy.  This will be the highest-level face-to-face meeting between the U.S. and Iran since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.


Nairobi Westgate attack: Assault begins to break siege

Two days after militants went on a rampage in the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenyan security forces have launched an assault to break the siege.  The attack by suspected al-Shabab militants has already left 62 dead and over 170 injured, with at least 40 people still believed to be trapped in the building.


Germany’s Christian Democratic Union secures historic third term

Philip Oltermann and Kate Connolly / The Guardian


Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its sister party, the Christian Social Union, were re-elected over the weekend, just five seats short of a majority with 41.5% of the vote.


Typhoon Usagi hits China

Joseph Charlton / Independent


Typhoon Usagi hit the southern Chinese province of Guangdong over the weekend, narrowly missing Hong Kong, and killed at least 25 people.


Egypt Takes Further Action Against Muslim Brotherhood



The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters in Egypt has banned “all activities” by the Muslim Brotherhood, including the movement itself, its non-governmental organizations, and any affiliated group.  It also ordered the interim government to seize the Brotherhood’s funds and form a panel to administer its frozen assets until any appeal had been heard.


ASP Recent Publications


The Arctic: Five Critical Security Challenges


The Arctic is the “last frontier.” Due to climate change, melting sea ice is opening up the Arctic as never before to human exploration.


Upcoming ASP Events


Bangladesh at a Crossroads: A Political and Security Outlook

ASP and Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies are hosting an event on October 1st to discuss security issues of Bangladesh and the stability of the wider South Asian region.


On Our Flashpoint Blog


The Future of the 21st Century Nuclear Warfare in the DoD

Joshua Miller


The Department of Defense needs to take a more realistic approach to the procurement of nuclear weapons in light of the fiscal constraints sequestration has imposed on our security structure.


Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on the Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities

Farhad Mirzadeh


The Energy and Commerce Committee had a hearing on the Obama Administration’s climate change policies and activities.


Food Security: A Catastrophe Mitigator

Aaron Haubert


Food security is the most devastating consequence of climate change.  Innovation can increase yields and food systems can become more efficient, but no amount of determination or will power will overcome the biological imperative to eat.


Food (In)Security – Hungry for Change

Farhad Mirzadeh


Climate change has the potential to create food shortages that can have international consequences.


EPA Targets Coal Power Plant Emissions

Farhad Mirzadeh


The EPA announced new rules that would require new gas-fired plants to emit lower levels of carbon dioxide.

ASP in the News

American Security Project cited Cal Thomas: Wrong on Climate Change

The American Security Project was recently cited in a RealClearPolicy article titled “Cal Thomas: Wrong on Climate Change,” which takes a look at the evidence of climate change and the implications for our national security strategy.

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