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U.S. and NATO Warn Russia Against Further Intervention in Ukraine

NY Times / Andrew Higgins and David M. Herszenhorn

As the government in Kiev moved to reassert control over pro-Russian protesters across eastern Ukraine, the United States and NATO issued stern warnings to Moscow about further intervention in the country’s affairs amid continuing fears of an eventual Russian incursion.


Separatists build barricades in east Ukraine, Kiev warns of force

Reuters / Thomas Grove

Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades around the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Wednesday and called on President Vladimir Putin for help after the government warned it could use force to restore order.


Greeks hold nationwide anti-austerity strike ahead of Merkel visit

Al Jazeera America

Greek labor unions staged a nationwide strike Wednesday to protest austerity policies imposed on the country by its foreign creditors — including Germany, whose Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to visit Athens this week.


OPEC Plans to Make Room for Extra Oil From Iran, Iraq, Libya

Bloomberg News / Wael Mahdi and Nayla Razzouk

OPEC, which supplies 40 percent of the world’s oil, will accommodate additional output from members Iraq, Iran and Libya, Secretary-General Abdalla El-Badri said, without explaining how it will do so under the group’s ceiling.


Egypt to announce steps on subsidy reform before next month’s election: minister

Aziz El Yaakoubi / Reuters

Egypt will announce major steps towards subsidy reform ahead of next month’s presidential election, the country’s minister of planning said on Wednesday.


Kenya sends back ‘illegal’ Somalis after Nairobi raids

BBC News

Kenya has sent back 82 Somalis to Somalia after launching a massive security force operation to flush out illegal immigrants and militant Islamists.


UAE to play a role in space exploration: former American astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Gulf News / Alexander Cornwell

The UAE will play a role in the next stage of space exploration as the industry moves from being government policy-driven to commercial development-driven, according to former American astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2014 Results Released

Madeline Bersch

On Monday, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller released the results of its sixth annual Arab Youth Survey, a poll conducted to gain insight into the opinions, attitudes, and aspirations of the 200 million youth in the Middle East and North Africa.


U.S. Official: Iran Nuclear Agreement Moving Along, Drafting to Begin in May

Nathan Daniels

The six powers: United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, and Germany, known as the P5+1, are set to resume talks with Iran over its nuclear program Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. This will be the third meeting involving chief negotiators since February.


The Cuban Twitter: Doomed from the Start

Matthew Wallin

With news breaking this week about USAID’s creation of a “Cuban Twitter,” it’s a perfect time to discuss the alignment of public diplomacy goals and the tools used to accomplish them. In this case, the tools, goals, concept, and the executor of the plan were all misaligned, dooming the project from the start.


ASP Reports

Tennessee and Climate Change

Andrew Holland

Climate change threatens America’s national security around the world by acting as a “threat multiplier” that will undermine stability and draw American forces into conflict. However, we should not think that this is a problem solely for the rest of the world to deal with.


National Security and America’s Space Challenge

August Cole

The U.S. military and intelligence community is increasingly dependent on its satellite capabilities to do everything from communicating securely to targeting precision weapons. Billions of taxpayer dollars are spent trying to expand and protect this strategic edge.


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 occurring today on all corners of the globe.


Upcoming Events

Fusion Power: The Answer to an Uncertain Energy Future (w/ Daniel Clearly)

April 15, 12:00-1:30 P.M.

Our rapidly industrializing world has an insatiable hunger for energy and conventional sources are struggling to meet demand. Oil is running out, coal is damaging our climate, many nations are abandoning nuclear, yet solar, wind, and water will never be a complete replacement.


Weather, Climate & National Security

April 23, 12:30-1:30 P.M.

Join ASP as Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret)., of American Security Project, and Mr. Bryan Norcross, of the Weather Channel, discuss changes in climate and weather and the relationship they have with our national security.


CHICAGO EVENT – The Multiplication of Threats: Climate Change & the Risks to National Security

April 30, 6:00-8:30 P.M.

Join Brigadier General Stephen A Cheney, USMC (Ret.) and Senior Fellow Andrew Holland to discuss how climate change is creating new threats to America’s National Security.

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