Following his conciliatory speech at the UN, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani raised the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the US. Direct flights between the two countries have not occurred in more than three decades.
Yochi Dreazen/Foreign Policy
While President Rouhani has made headlines, Mohammad Javad Zarif is almost as important. Zarif is Iran’s foreign minister and chief negotiator over Iran’s nuclear program. His unique position and history will be a determinative factor in the negotiations.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited South Korea today, and met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. During the meeting, Park criticized Japan for its stance on the ownership of some tiny islets.
Michael Birnbaum/Washington Post
Inspectors from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons describe their interactions with the Syrian government as businesslike and efficient. Overall they are optimistic that the regime is being cooperative.
Car bombs in Shite neighborhoods of Baghdad have left at least 54 dead. This continues an upswing in violence in Iraq that has claimed 5,000 lives this year.
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American Security Project attends Climate Week
On Tuesday, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a briefing entitled: “Trillion-dollar problem: How oil dependency drives US debt.”
Upcoming ASP Events
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.