Karen DeYoung / The Washington Post
President Obama has ordered a sharp increase in U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to Uganda and sent U.S. military aircraft there for the first time in the ongoing effort to hunt down warlord Joseph Kony across a broad swath of central Africa.
Carol E. Lee / The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama arrived in Europe Monday for a week-long trip during which he will try to shape the crisis in Ukraine by strengthening international support for measures to isolate Russia.
Joseph Cirincione / Defense One
World leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague this week are there because, as comedian George Carlin would say, we have too much “stuff.” In this case it’s nuclear stuff that can blow up the world.
Michael D. Shear & David E. Sanger / The New York Times
Japan will announce Monday that it will turn over to Washington more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium, a decades-old research stockpile that is large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons, according to American and Japanese officials.
Madeleine Albright and Jim O’Brien / The Washington Post
When President Obama and European allies meet next week, they can begin forming a meaningful response to Vladimir Putin’s adventurism. This new strategy should note that Putin’s view of the world is rooted in dangerous fictions.
Thomas Fuller & Chris Buckley / The New York Times
The prime minister of Malaysia announced in Kuala Lumpur that there was no longer any doubt that the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner, Flight 370, crashed in the Indian Ocean.
Seth Borenstein / Huffington Post
If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you’re mistaken. That’s the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming. In fact, they will say, the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and very human.
ASP Recent Publications
American Security Quarterly V3 Issue 1
American Security Project
We see it in the news nearly every day. The world is rapidly shifting before our eyes as countries sprout up, struggle to gain a foothold in our international community, and sometimes fall just as quickly. One equally important trend is the interrelationship between the United States and international players on this stage. Never before have we seen the level of interdisciplinary security issues that we see today occurring in all corners of the globe.
National Security and Climate Change
The American Security Project, as a national security-focused think tank, believes that concern about climate change should be a non-partisan issue. While we know that the argument about solutions will be partisan, both sides should start with a common understanding that climate change poses real threats to national security.
The Ukraine Crisis and the Geopolitics of Energy
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.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Health diplomacy is transforming rapidly, and transforming the way actors tackle global health challenges, fostering new relationships and achieving new levels of coordination.
If there’s one thing the Ukraine crisis has taught us, it’s that the economic realm and geopolitical realm are virtually inseparable in world politics. While most have claimed that Western sanctions have left Putin undeterred, the same does not hold true for your international bankers and profit-loyal businessmen. The highly mobile capital of the 21st century in and of itself has tied Russia’s military actions with heavy economic consequences that have included a sinking ruble, a sliding Russian stock market, and a rush of Russian-housed cash fleeting for the exits.
Renewable energy for military purposes is nothing new. Solar, wind, geothermal, have all been used by the military in a variety of capacities. However, a new method of collecting solar energy for military use is being developed.
ASP Upcoming Events
Norman Augustine on Defense Budget & Acquisition Reform
March 26, 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.
Since sequestration and passage of the new budget the Defense Department has been adjusting to a reduced funding environment – and 2014 won’t be much different. The speaker will discuss the outlook for Pentagon spending in 2014.
Extreme Productivity – An Evening with Bob Pozen
March 27, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.
Bob Pozen is one of the most productive executives. While serving as full time chairman of a large asset management company and teaching a full course load at Harvard Business School, he wrote a popular book entitled Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results; Reduce Your Hours.
Cost: $40.00 Member/ $60.00 Non-Members (cost includes copy of Professor Posen’s book, signed upon request) – Click here to buy tickets
TENNESSEE EVENT: University of Tennessee Martin Discussion: “Climate Change: Risks for National Security”
April 7, 7:30-9:00 P.M.
Today, the U.S. Navy is preparing for an open Arctic, the Marines are deploying in response to historic typhoons, and the Army is preparing their bases to use less energy than they produce. We know the effects of climate change are here. Meanwhile, many American politicians continue to ignore climate change.