Taliban Claim Responsibility for Pakistan Airport Attack
Zia ur-Rehman and Salman Masood / The New York Times
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for a ferocious overnight assault in Karachi that stretched into the morning in which gunmen infiltrated Pakistan’s largest international airport.
China’s Central Bank Prevails in Policy Battles Over Economic Future
Lingling Wei and Bob Davis / The Wall Street Journal
China’s central bank is turning into a policy heavyweight in a battle among the country’s top economic authorities over how to fuel growth without piling on excessive debt.
China says Vietnam, Philippines’ mingling on disputed isle a ‘farce’
Ben Blanchard / Reuters
China denounced Vietnam and the Philippines on Monday for getting together on a disputed island in the South China Sea to play soccer and volleyball.
Syrian president declares prisoners amnesty
Albert Aji and Barbara Surk / The Associated Press
Syrian President Bashar Assad declared a general amnesty Monday for prisoners in the country, state media reported.
Egypt’s new President vows to ‘correct the mistakes of the past’
Yousuf Basil / CNN
Egypt’s former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in Sunday as President, vowing to lead the country through important changes.
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Demands Cease-Fire by Week’s End
Alexander Smith / NBC News
Ukraine’s new president has demanded that fighting between pro-Russian insurgents and government troops in the east of the country come to a halt by the end of the week.
Iran’s Rouhani in Turkey in bid to boost ties
Energy, trade and political ties top the agenda of the first visit by an Iranian president to Turkey since 2008.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
HUD announces winning proposals for flood mitigation project
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.
Reflections on D-Day
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.
Al Qaeda 3.0: Three Responses to the Changing Nature of Al Qaeda – Event Review
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.
Obama Supports Poroshenko, Meets with Global Leaders at G7 Summit
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.
TTIP Benefits Go Well Beyond Economics
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.
Listening in Public Diplomacy: The 2014 ASDA’A Burson Marsteller Arab Youth Survey
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.
SAN ANTONIO EVENT – Climate Change: Risks for National Security
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.
LAS VEGAS EVENT – Climate Change: Risks for National Security
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.
Lasting Impact: A Call to Business and Education
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.
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