Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal
Russia’s upper house of parliament will support Crimea in its bid to join Russia and award the Black Sea peninsula the full powers of any other Russian region, the speaker of Russia’s upper house said Friday, the highest-level confirmation yet that Crimea could soon become part of Russia.
Zhu Ningzhu / Xinhau.net
China on Friday voiced opposition to sanctions and called for a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine’s southern Crimea autonomous republic.
Gamal Essam El-Din / Ahram Online
The law regulating the presidential election is expected to be issued next week after a lengthy process of amendment.
Ylan Mui / Washington Post
The U.S. economy added a solid 175,000 jobs in February, despite harsh winter weather that many analysts expected would curtail hiring, according to government data released Friday morning.
The U.S. trade deficit was little changed in January as a rebound in exports matched an increase in imports.
Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government could ban Facebook and YouTube, arguing that opponents are using social media to attack him.
A senior Iranian official said on Friday that expert-level talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program had been “substantive and useful”.
Jim Snyder and Rebecca Penty / Bloomberg News
A Canadian company may have found a way to ship more oil across the U.S. border without becoming enmeshed in the red tape that’s tied up the proposed Keystone XL pipeline — by relying on a permit it got four decades ago.
Armed with Science
The Navy is about to take a big step for military-kind; this summer they will add the first ship-mounted laser to their fleet.
ASP Recent Publications
A briefing note on the Ukraine Crisis and the Geopolitics of Energy – click to find out the facts and way forward the United States could take.
American Security Project
Over the course of four months American Security Project supported Caerus Associates and First Mile Geo in what may be the highest fidelity, time series analysis of the ongoing human tragedy unfolding inside of Aleppo, Syria
There has been an increasing discussion regarding the possibility of Congress granting the US presidency “fast track” authority in free trade agreements. This report gives the facts.
American Security Project
Three years after ASP first released “America’s Energy Choices” in 2011, the U.S. remains stuck in a political stalemate over energy. Even so, the energy choices made years or even decades ago by politicians, businesses, and consumers have led to a revolution in how the U.S. produces energy. The reality of change in America’s energy system is far different from the stagnation of the political debate.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Earlier this week, Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces carried out a test-fire of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). However, U.S. officials have made remarks that the launch was pre-planned, viewed as “non-threatening”, and was not connected with what is going on in Crimea, Ukraine.
Over the last decade, Leon Fuerth, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore, has been advocating for a radical shift in governance in a world of accelerating change and complex challenges – most notably in the context of Climate Change.
I have seen a number of commentators over the last few days say that the American shale gas revolution means that the U.S. could simply announce new LNG exports and that would undercut Russian gas.
Consensus for American Security
Secretary of State John Kerry recently gave a speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he compared climate change to other transnational security threats such as “terrorism, epidemics, poverty, [and] the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” But the U.S. military was already there.
Today, the Department of Defense released the much anticipated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon notes, the “QDR is a legislatively-mandated review of Department of Defense strategy and priorities.
The situation in the Ukraine is getting out of control. To put pressure on Russia, the Europeans should cease buying natural gas through the Nord Stream.
Andrew Charles Wills
With over 200,000 miles of transmission lines spanning from coast-to-coast, purveyors of the North American power grid, from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) and all the utilities and energy entities in between, must stay abreast of potential threats to the viability and reliability of consistent energy.
Paul Krugman’s recent column in the NY Times called the economic effects of TPP overstated, saying that failed TPP negotiations would be “no big deal”. But should we be restricting the utility of US trade within the bounds of just pure economics?
ASP in the News
Undersecretary Gottemoeller is a superb public servant and an experienced diplomat. She has an astute understanding of today’s security problems and knows how to resolve them.
American Security Project’s Brig. General Stephen Cheney, CEO, was quoted in a recent article in the Allegheny Front.
American Security Project’s Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, was quoted in a recent article in the Allegheny Front.
American Security Project’s Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, was quoted in a recent article on Mother Jones.