Center for Strategic Communication

Corporate America Steadily Steering Climate Solutions despite Congressional Stalemate

Ken Silverstein / Forbes

While science may be the motivating force behind climate activism, the movement will be likely led by major corporations that are attaching their brands and their revenues to environmental progress.


John Kerry cites big gaps in nuclear talks with Iran

George Jahn, Bradley Klapper / Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “very real gaps” persist between world powers and Iran over the contours of a nuclear agreement as a Sunday deadline for a deal approaches.


Proposal to Split California into 6 States Moves Forward

Katy Steinmetz / Time

Supporters of a long-shot measure that would split California into six states plan to submit 1.3 million signatures to election officials on July 15.


Iraq’s parliament breaks deadlock to elect new speaker


Iraq’s parliament has elected Salim al-Jabouri as speaker, breaking weeks of political deadlock amid a jihadist-led Sunni rebellion in the north and west.


Hundreds of Thousands Flee From Philippine Typhoon

Jim Gomez / ABC

About 300,000 people moved to safer ground from their homes in Sorsogon, Albay and four other provinces threatened by flooding, landslides and storm surges, many of them wary because of the widespread deaths and destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the country’s central region last November.


Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed as European commission president

Ian Traynor / The Guardian

Jean-Claude Juncker, the controversial choice to head the EU executive for the next five years, has been confirmed as next president of the European by a comfortable majority of MEPs in the new European parliament.


Iran sentences eight Facebook activists to total of 127 years in prison for ‘criticising government’

Kashmira Gander / The Independent

An Iranian court found them guilty of using the pages to spread anti-government propaganda, attempts to undermine national security, and insult Iran’s leaders.


89 Killed in Suicide Blast in East Afghanistan

Rahim Faiez / Associated Press

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40 in one of the deadliest attacks since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.


ASP Recent Reports

Fusion White Paper 2014 – 10 Year Plan for American Energy Security

ASP’s White Paper, “Fusion Power – A 10 Year Plan for American Energy Security” provides a detailed plan on how to accelerate the development of fusion power.



On Our Flashpoint Blog

International Tourism Stimulates Florida Economy

Thomas Campbell

After continued growth in the tourism industry over the last decade, Florida is now ranked below only New York in volume of international visitors per year, promising a bright future for the state’s economy.


GAO Report: DoD Can Do Better On Climate Change Adaptation

Colin Taylor

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its report on climate change adaptation in the Department of Defense (DOD) succinctly titled “DoD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts”.


Additional Resources on International Development

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

This list of additional resources on international development will be updated throughout the summer.


Event Review: HASC Hosts Hearing on Acquisition Reform

Victoria Burnside Clapp

On July 10th, the House Armed Services Committee held their latest in a series of hearings focused on acquisition reform.


Upcoming Events

INVITE – Iraq in Crisis: Recent Developments and Risk Management Strategy

July 16 @ 12:30 – 1:30PM

Join the American Security Project and Clements Worldwide on July 16th, as an expert panel will discuss the latest situation in Iraq, assess potential outcomes, and determine how individuals and businesses can effectively manage risk in the region moving forward.


What’s Next? Fostering the Next Generation of Energy Security Conference

September 30 @ 9:00AM – 4:30PM

The next steps in building a cleaner, more resilient energy system and economy will not be easy. The American Security Project intends to build on its years of research into energy security and climate policy by initiating a study into the next generation of energy policy. Join ASP and our panelists as we discuss the next generation of energy technology and climate policy.

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