IPCC report: Climate Needs Swift Shift to Clean Energy
Wendy Koch / USA Today
What would it take to rein in climate change? A new U.N. report says the answer entails a massive shift to clean energy and possibly more drastic measures.
South Korea Spy Agency ‘Overhaul’ Amid Forgery Row
South Korea has promised to overhaul its intelligence agency after three officials were charged with fabricating evidence in a spying case.
China angered by U.S. Environment Chief’s Visit to Taiwan
Megha Rajagopala / Reuters
China said on Tuesday it had lodged a protest with the United States over a visit by Washington’s environmental protection chief to self-ruled Taiwan this week.
European Parliament Approves Laws on Banking Overhaul
James Kanter / The New York Times
The European Parliament approved a clutch of laws on Tuesday aimed at shielding taxpayers from the costs of bailing out failing banks and at turning the page on a period of instability in European Union finances that nearly sank the euro, the bloc’s flagship project.
Sudan Bans Meetings of Political Parties
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has issued a decree banning political parties from holding meetings without permission from the authorities, the official SUNA news agency has reported.
Q&A: Heartbleed in a Heartbeat
John Aglioby / Financial Times
The Canada Revenue Agency, the country’s tax authority, and Mumsnet, the popular UK website for mothers, on Monday became the first prominent sites to disclose their data had been compromised by the “Heartbleed bug”.
Bitcoin Defies Talk of China Crackdown
Matt Clinch / CNBC
The price of bitcoin rose on Tuesday despite growing uncertainty regarding regulation in China, including a possible deadline for the country’s banks to stop handling the virtual currency.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
China’s Xi talks up military role in space
Both China and the U.S. know the strategic value of space, even if it has not been militarized in the conventional understanding of the word. Armed satellites do not square off against one another in a warlike manner, but no modern military can fight as it wants to without reliable space-based communications and surveillance.
ASP’s Holland on KCRW’s To the Point: “Climate Change: Will we Have to Get Used to It?”
Andrew was interviewed by Warren Olney about climate change and national security. He was featured with Chris Field, IPCC Working Group II, David Keith of Harvard University, and Mark Fischetti of Scientific American. Asked what “Hot Spots” we have to worry about climate security, Holland answered Pacific and Bangladesh, but of course there’s many more.
Does the US-Japan Impasse Spell Doom for TPP?
With top US trade negotiators failing to reach a complete agreement with Japan over any of the most contentious trade issues, many are left feeling a sense of cynicism regarding the precious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But does that necessarily mean that TPP will be ultimately run off its tracks?
Ebola Outbreak a Regional Threat
Over the past week, a flight from Guinean capital, Conakry, has been quarantined. Neighboring countries have closed their boarders. France has gone on “high alert”. And investors are fleeing Guinea’s market concerned over what the WHO has called the “most challenging” outbreak of Ebola ever.
Castellaw and Adams in The Commercial Appeal: If military sees climate risk, why do we deny?
Today, LTG John Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) and BGen John Adams, USA (Ret.) of ASP were invited to write a column for The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, TN regarding the impacts of climate change on the region.
Guest Post: Egypt’s Political Process Continues – but needs world support
While every country in the world is important, Egypt merits the attention and concern of all nations due to its natural position as the leader of the Middle East and Africa; its counter-terrorism efforts; the importance of securing its border with Israel; the Suez Canal; and its key position on both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean
ASP Recent Publications
WHITE PAPER – National Security and Space – The Next Space Race: Competition
Of any of the armed services, the United States Air Force should know the most about speed. Their pilots, who historically rose to the service’s top ranks, fly the fastest fighters in the American arsenal. Yet, there are times when moving as fast as you can may not be fast enough.
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. Climate change presents clear threats to American livelihoods here at home – the effects of climate change threaten us, and are a growing mission for homeland security.
National Security and America’s Space Challenge
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 that we see today occurring in all corners of the globe.
ASP Upcoming Events
EVENT INVITE: Weather, Climate & National Security
April 23, 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.
Join ASP on Wednesday, April 23 at the Capitol Building, as BGen. Stephen A. Cheney and Mr. Bryan Norcross come together to discuss the national security implications of changing patterns in weather and the climate.
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.
EVENT INVITE: Building a Better Corporate Tax Regime & Strengthening our Economic Security – A conversation with Robert Pozen
May 13, 8:00-9:30 A.M.
Join ASP Tuesday, May 13th as we host Bob Pozen for an informative discussion about corporate tax reform, as well as the many fiscal and political obstacles facing it. Mr. Pozen will present his unique strategy for a new corporate tax regime that could end up benefiting governments and US corporations alike.
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