Egypt’s Sisi to Resign as Minister, Pave way for Presidential Bid
Tom Perry / Reuters
Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was meeting military leaders on Wednesday to tell them he was resigning as defence minister to run for the presidency, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website.
US to Push Environmental Trade Agreement at WTO
Latin American Herald Tribune
The Obama administration has announced its intent to begin negotiations on a new trade agreement in the World Trade Organization (WTO) aimed at eliminating tariffs on a wide range of environmental goods.
EU and U.S. Consider ‘Deeper Sanctions’ against Russia
The US and EU are discussing “deeper sanctions” against Russia if there are “further incursions into Ukraine.”
Satellite Spots 122 Objects in Malaysia Jet Search
Todd Pitman and Rob Griffith / Associated Press
A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects, a top Malaysian official said Wednesday, calling it “the most credible lead that we have.”
Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Is Convicted in Terror Trial
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the most senior adviser to Osama bin Laden to be tried in a civilian United States court since the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted on Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists.
Al Qaeda Militants Seek Syria Base, U.S. Officials Say
Eric Schmitt / New York Times
Dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what American intelligence and counterterrorism officials fear is an effort to lay the foundation for future strikes against Europe and the United States.
U.S., EU Aim to Cut Europe’s Reliance on Russian Energy
Carol E. Lee and Matthew Dalton / Wall Street Journal
The U.S. and the European Union agreed Wednesday to pursue ways to reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian energy in the wake of Moscow’s incursion into Ukraine, and vowed to complete a trade agreement they said would ease the flow of natural-gas exports to Europe.
Venezuela’s Government is Sinking in a Sea of Oil
Michael Moran / Global Post
Lurking behind the barricades in Venezuela, where pro- and anti-government forces have battled on and off for more than five weeks, one of the biggest contradictions on the planet helps explain what’s gone wrong with Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution.
Kerry Flies to Jordan in Effort to Salvage Mideast Peace Talks
Anne Gearan / Washington Post
Facing the possible collapse of his signature Middle East peace effort, Secretary of State John F. Kerry interrupted a European diplomatic trip to meet face to face Wednesday with a Palestinian leader who has threatened to walk out of the negotiations.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
New IPCC Report Will Show Climate Change’s Threats to Security
Later this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN-chartered group of scientists tasked with documenting the course of climate change will release the second part of their fifth assessment report.
Is there a Strategic Case for Gas Exports: Yes, and it starts with Ambition on the Trade Agenda
Licensing exports of natural gas would help America strategically – but this is not really about the gas, it is about American support for free trade. The real “weapon” we should be talking about is not natural gas exports: it is the power of free and open markets.
Are health partnerships the future of diplomacy? Tackling global health security in the 21st century
Health diplomacy is transforming rapidly, and transforming the way actors tackle global health challenges, fostering new relationships and achieving new levels of coordination.
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.
ASP Upcoming Events
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.
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EVENT INVITE: #Egypt – A Conversation with Dr. Aboulghar
March 31, 10:30-11:30 A.M.
Join us on Monday, March 31st as the American Security Project hosts Dr. Mohamed Aboulghar, founder and leader of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.
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.
EVENT INVITE: Weather, Climate & National Security
April 23, 12:30-1:30 P.M.
Today, the U.S. Navy is preparing for an open Arctic Ocean, the Marines are deploying in response to historic typhoons, and the Army is preparing their bases to use less energy than they produce.
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