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Obama says North Korea Poses Threat to Region and to U.S.

Nick Macfie/Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that reclusive North Korea posed a threat not just to the region but to the United States and that he hoped China would use its influence to rein in its ally.

U.S. Confronts Consequences of Underestimating North Korean Leader

David E. Sanger/New York Times

Almost everything American intelligence agencies and North Korea-watchers thought they understood two years ago about Kim Jong-un, the North’s young leader, turns out to have been wrong.

Russia Denies Claims Syria Using Chemical Weapons

Nataliya Vasilyeva/Associated Press

Russia on Friday dismissed recent reports of the Syrian government using chemical weapons on rebel-held areas as fabrication.

South Sudan Frees Alleged Rebel Leaders


South Sudan has released four top leaders accused of rebellion and treason, dropping charges for attempting to overthrow the government in a move aimed at ending a four-month-old civil war.

America Should Work to Bring Asia into the Club

Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post

The real threat to a serious Asia strategy comes not from the administration but rather from Congress and the American public. In fact, the difficulties in the execution of the pivot raise the larger question: Can the United States have a grand strategy today?

Why World War III Could Start In Space

Bruce Dorminey/Forbes

If one tracks current trends and the increasing rate of military spending on space by a variety of countries, one has to worry. These militaries are going to have to engage in mutual restraint if conflict is going to be avoided.

Climate Change and the Food Security Dimension

Hilal Elver/Aljazeera

A new report emphasizes that climate change will affect us all, and fundamental changes are needed to avoid the worst.

COIN’s Funeral

Whitney Kassel/Foreign Policy

How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan — and why it might never be used again.

With Vivid Memories of Moscow’s Rule, Baltic States Lead Europe in Curbing Russia Gas Reliance

Monika Scislowska and Jari Tanner/Associated Press

Later this year, a ship the size of an aircraft carrier will arrive at Lithuania’s port of Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea. The 300-meter (984-foot) vessel is not a warship, but a floating natural gas import terminal — aptly named “Independence” — that will be key to the Baltic region’s plan to reduce its reliance on Russia’s energy supplies.

Obama Warns South Korea over Treatment of US Exporters

Simon Mundy/Financial Times

US President Barack Obama on Friday opened a visit to Seoul with an apparent warning to South Korea that its treatment of US exporters risks jeopardizing its hopes of entering a pan-Pacific trade deal.

Recent ASP Publications:

Ten Key Facts – Climate Change

Andrew Holland & William Fassuliotis

In order to clearly show the basics that policymakers need to know, this paper lays out 10 essential facts about climate change.

FACT SHEET – Current Space Launch Vehicles Used by the United States

Nathan Daniels

This paper serves as a brief, but factual overview of active launch vehicles used by the United States, as well as a basis for progression within ASP’s national security and space initiative.

WHITE PAPER – National Security and Space – The Next Space Race: Competition

August Cole

This paper goes into detail on the next steps the United States should be considering to enhance our national security, secure our access to space, as well as to gain value for money from taxpayers.

Tennessee and Climate Change

Andrew Holland & Nathan Daniels

Tennessee is justifiably proud of its agriculture and forestry products – and these industries are directly threatened by climate change. However, with prudent planning and risk analysis, Tennessee could become a leader in building a climate-resilient state.

ASP’s Flashpoint Blog:

The Negative Effects of the United States’ Reliance on Russia for Rocket Engines – Undermining Ukraine Sanctions

Nathan Daniels

According to Fox News’s James Rosen, a top Russian official is still benefiting from a DoD contract that supplies the U.S. Air Force with RD-180 engines for its EELV Space Launch Program, despite White House sanctions in regard to the Ukraine crisis.

Top Ten Reasons for ITER

Kathy Duong

As climate change becomes a serious national security threat, we must look to the future for a clean, safe and sustainable source of energy for our future.

US-Japan Trade Talks Come Up Empty

Brendan Connell

In Tokyo on Thursday, US and Japanese sides negotiated into the night with hopes of hammering out a preliminary trade agreement that could act as a major building block for the coveted Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But the efforts of USTR Michael Froman and Japanese Minister Akiri Amari stalled in the end.

Event Recap: Weather, Climate, and National Security

William Fassuliotis

On Wednesday April 23rd, the American Security Project, in conjunction with The Weather Channel, hosted an event on the Hill about Weather, Climate, and National Security. The discussion on these issues was led by Mr. Bryan Norcross, Senior Hurricane Specialist for The Weather Channel, and Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret), CEO of ASP. Andrew Holland, ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, introduced the event and moderated the Q&A section.

Event Recap: A Conversation with Dr. Kevin Geiss

Kathy Duong

On Tuesday, April 22nd, the American Security Project (ASP) hosted a discussion with Dr. Kevin Geiss, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy. The discussion focused on energy management in the Air Force, moderated by BGen Stephen Cheney USMC (Ret) and Andrew Holland, ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate.

Upcoming ASP Events:

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.

21st Century U.S.-Egypt Strategic Relations Conference

May 7 – 1:00-6:00 P.M.

Join us for in depth look into the current state of Egypt, the challenges the nation faces, and the future outlook for the government and people. Key Note Speaker – H.E. Amr Moussa; followed by 3 expert panels – U.S.-Egyptian Strategic Relations – Moving Forward, Counter-Terrorism & Regional Security, and Investment Climate & Entrepreneurship.

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.

EU Election Results: Implications for the United States

May 28 – 8:30-9:30 A.M.

Join the American Security Project for a conversation about the affects these elections will have on the United States. We will be joined by Paul Adamson, Philippe Maze-Sencier, and Geoffrey Harris who will be contributing their years of experience to the discussion.

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