President Barack Obama and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met Friday on the sidelines of D-Day anniversary events in France, the first face-to-face contact between the two leaders following months of tension.
It’s time we let national lawmakers beef up the UN climate talks
John Prescott / The Guardian
Our collective response to climate change has been limited. This must change: we need a new generation of international agreement that is more robust, ambitious, inclusive, and, ultimately, more effective.
Obama’s green gamble
With a metallic gasp, the chute opens its metal jaws and deposits precisely 230,000 pounds of coal into the railwaycar. The pour is carefully calibrated to create an aerodynamically efficient heap; sealant is sprayed evenly across the coal’s surface to limit dust release.
Openness on Israeli Issues Seen in Survey of Iranians
Isabel Kershner / The New York Times
An unusual survey of Iranian public opinion indicates that 40 percent of Iranians would be willing to give up any ability to produce nuclear weapons in the future in return for the full removal of sanctions.
DOD Announces Winners of the 2014 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence
U.S. Department of Defense
The Office of the Secretary of Defense announced today the 2014 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.
Netanyahu, Peres congratulate Egypt’s Sissi on election win
Barak Ravid / Haaretz
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres called Egypt’s newly elected president, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, and congratulated him for his election victory.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
On June 2nd, 2014, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the winning proposals of the Rebuild by Design contest. Initiated in response to the widespread destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Rebuild by Design seeks to develop policy-based solutions that will protect U.S. cities most threatened by extreme weather events. The six winners all proposed resiliency strategies to better protect the areas most affected by the flooding and storm surges of Hurricane Sandy.
BGen Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret) and Matthew Wallin / American Security Project
Today marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history. On that day over 150,000 troops landed in German-occupied France, and thousands never returned home.
On Wednesday June 5th, the American Security Project (ASP) hosted Said Temsamani, Zack Gold, and Timothy Fairbank in a talk titled, “Al Qaeda 3.0: Three Responses to the Changing Nature of Al Qaeda.” The speakers considered the threat that the new “Al Qaeda 3.0” poses to Morocco, Egypt, and Yemen, and what both the U.S. and its partners are doing to counter it.
Victoria Burnside Clapp
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday in Warsaw, Poland, President Obama stated that the US needs to stand “solidly behind” Ukraine as it moves into this new stage of its leadership. These remarks came during a two-day ceremony to celebrate 25 years of Polish independence, following Obama’s first formal meeting with Ukraine’s president-elect, Petro Poroshenko.
For decades, the European Union has been the gold standard among transnational organizations, gradually linking sovereign nations together through the free movement of labor and the formation of a currency union. For a European, passing from Germany to France isn’t all that different from an American going from Maryland to Pennsylvania. With organizations like the United Nations and the World Trade Organization routinely unable to act on pressing matters, the EU stands as a striking success in the realm of global governance.
June 10 @ 12:30 – 1:30PM
Join us at ASP on June 10, 2014 as Jay Leveton presents the findings of the 2014 ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey and what this means for the Middle East.
June 10 @ 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us June 10, 2014 at 7:00pm for a discussion at the University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas. In 2014-2015, the American Security Project (ASP) is undertaking a grassroots effort to build a consensus among Americans around the country from left to right, and especially among the non-political, that climate change is not simply a low-priority ‘green’ issue: but instead it is a pressing national security threat.
June 11 @ 5:30 – 8:00PM
Join us June 11, 2014 at 5:30pm for a discussion at the Spanish Trail Country Club in Las Vegas, Texas. In 2014-2015, the American Security Project (ASP) is undertaking a grassroots effort to build a consensus among Americans around the country from left to right, and especially among the non-political, that climate change is not simply a low-priority ‘green’ issue: but instead it is a pressing national security threat.
June 12 @ 6:30 – 9:30PM
Join the HBS Club on June 12, 2014 at the Embassy of France as they discuss new research on improving the educational system of the United States.