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Iran Staggers as Sanctions Hit Economy
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times
Iran’s economy has been severely hurting from the sanctions that have been imposed by the United States. The country is hurting so badly that the leaders of the country, specifically President Rouhani, have been pressing for the issues around Iran’s nuclear program to be solved soon.


Syria in ‘War Against Terror,’ Foreign Minister Says
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Monday at the U.N. that his government is conducting a “war against terror” and warned that foreign governments supporting the opposition could one day suffer the terrorist blowback. Mr. Moallem had a warning for the regime’s international opponents. He claimed there are now “terrorists” from 83 countries fighting what he called a global “jihad” in Syria.


Syria conflict: Chemical arms experts cross border
BBC News
A team of international disarmament experts has arrived in Syria to begin work on dismantling on the country’s stockpile of chemical weapons. Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal is believed to include more than 1,000 tons of sarin, the blister agent sulfur mustard and other banned chemicals stored at dozens of sites.


Government shutdown begins; Senate rejects latest House proposal
Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane, and Debbi Wilgoren / The Washington Post

The U.S. government on Tuesday began to shut down for the first time in 17 years, after a Congress bitterly divided over President Obama’s signature health-care initiative failed to reach agreement to fund federal agencies.


Around the world, many look at possible U.S. shutdown with anxiety and a few smirks
Kevin Sullivan / The Washington Post

As the U.S. government creaked toward a shutdown on Monday, many countries around the world, especially in Latin America, displayed anxiety and troubling thoughts. Those in the Middle East and Russia, were largely quiet about the situation.


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Podcast – Bangladesh Conference: Session One – A Political Outlook
American Security Project

Session was characterized as a discussion on the current political developments in Bangladesh and relate them to the potential for instability and conflict in the region.

Podcast – Bangladesh Conference: Session Two – Threats of Rising Militancy and Terrorism
American Security Project

Session two included a discussion on the profiles of various terrorist groups in Bangladesh and their connection to other parts of the region.

Podcast – Bangladesh Conference: Session Three – Bangladesh’s Economy: Prospects and Challenges
American Security Project

Session three included a discussion on the growth of Bangladesh’s economy as it opens up to the world and its bilateral and multilateral trade partners.

Podcast – Bangladesh Conference: Session Four – Bangladesh and its Relationship with the Neighborhood
American Security Project

Session four focused on the impact of various environmental and security issues for Bangladesh and the broader region.

Congress again fails to understand American national security in the 21st century
August Cole

In the midst of the government shutdown, the U.S. Congress fails to recognize that America’s strength increasingly rests on its competitiveness in the global economy. Without a functional political system, a robust and growing private sector and a society that is resilient as well as compassionate, our country will cede its historic place of power.

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American Security Project Attends Climate Week NYC 2013

BGen Stephen Cheney, American Security Project CEO, delivers his address to the crowd of The Climate Group at Climate Week. Leaders from public and private sectors came together and discussed the need for change to a low carbon economy.

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