Center for Strategic Communication

He Beat us in War but Never in Battle

John McCain/WSJ

Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the former commander of the People’s Army of North Vietnam, died at the age of 102.  Senator John McCain shares his thoughts about his former adversary.


Capture of Bombing Suspect in Libya

Ernesto Londoño/Washington Post

US officials captured Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who was wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, on Sunday.  The Special Forces operation was a rare instance of US military involvement in “rendition.”


Dialogue with the Taliban

The Times of India

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who is a front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize, says that dialogue with the Taliban is the only way forward for peace.  The teenager was targeted for speaking in favor of girls’ rights to education, and the attack triggered global outrage.


Secretary Kerry Pleased with Syria Chemical Disarmament

Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States and Russia are ‘very pleased’ with Syria’s progress in destroying its chemical weapons stocks.  The first weapons were destroyed on Sunday.


China Tells US to Avoid Debt Crisis


Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao warned the US that a US default would hurt Chinese interests and the global economy.  The approaching deadline to increase the debt ceiling is far more critical for governments and investors that the government shutdown.


Typhoon Hits Eastern China

Associated Press

Typhoon Fitow struck Fuding city in Fujian province with winds of up to 151 kilometers (94 miles) an hour in the early morning.  It has killed at least five people, cut power, canceled flights and suspended train services.


Metro Tunnel Explosion

Dana Hedgpeth and Luz Lazo/Washington Post

An explosion in a subway tunnel along the Red Line has killed one man and injured two others.  The accident occurred while the line was shut down due to the Metro’s maintenance and rebuilding efforts.


Nobel Medicine Prize

Associated Press

Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday.   Their research on how tiny bubbles called vesicles act as cargo carriers inside cells won them $1.2 million


On Our Flashpoint Blog

Natural Resource Scarcity is a Threat to Our Security (Part 2)

Charlotte Baskin-Gerwitz

As the environment continues to deteriorate due to increasing temperatures and extreme weather events, natural resources will become increasingly scarce. If the past is any indication, this scarcity could be a factor in more ferocious spates of violence.


The Rising Cost of Natural Disaster Insurance

Charlotte Baskin-Gerwitz

Climate change and extreme weather events cost $160 billion in 2012. Insurance rates will continue to rise as urbanization expands and climate change continues.

The post What We Are Reading appeared first on American Security Project.