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NATO, Russia, and Ukraine


NATO Approves New Force Aimed at Deterring Russia
John-Thor Dahlburg and Julie Pace / Associated Press

Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.

Estonia Angry at Russia ‘Abduction’ on Border

Estonia’s foreign ministry has summoned the Russian ambassador over what it calls the abduction of an Estonian security official by “unidentified individuals from Russia” on the border.

Poroshenko Announces Accord on Cease-Fire in Eastern Ukraine
Annie Gowen, Michael Birnbaum, and William Branigin / The Washington Post

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine agreed Friday to a temporary cease-fire, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, raising the prospect of at least a brief respite in an increasingly bloody conflict.


Climate Security


Russia Exploiting Arctic Melt Warns NATO
Sophie Yeo / RTCC

Russia is taking advantage of melting Arctic ice linked to climate change to gain a strategic advantage in the region, a senior NATO official has told RTCC.


ISIS, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism


U.S Forms Anti – ISIS Coalition at NATO Summit
Denver Nicks / Time

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry got diplomats from 10 countries at a NATO summit to agree Friday to join forces to fight an Islamic militant group that has seized territory across Syria and Iraq.

Exclusive: Islamic States Guides Egyptian Militants, Expanding its Influence

Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation.

Communication Errors Cited in Friendly-Fire Deaths in Afghanistan
W.J. Hennigan / LA Times

Communication errors by troops on the ground and in the air led to the deaths of five American soldiers and one Afghan during a June battle with insurgents in southern Afghanistan, a Pentagon investigation concluded in a report released Thursday.

NATO Allies Agree to take on Islamic State Threat
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press

The U.S. and 10 of its key allies on Friday agreed that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and that they will take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might.

U.S. Confirms Death of al Shabaab Leader Godane in Somalia Strike
David Alexander / Reuters

The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia this week, calling it a “major symbolic and operational loss” for the al Qaeda-affiliated militants.


Nuclear Security


Iran ‘Misses’ Nuclear Probe Deadline

Iran has missed a deadline to answer questions about its nuclear programme, the IAEA global nuclear watchdog says.




Hillary Clinton Reviews Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’
Hillary Rodham Clinton / The Washington Post Opinions

During the Cold War, America’s bipartisan commitment to protecting and expanding a community of nations devoted to freedom, market economies and cooperation eventually proved successful for us and the world. Kissinger’s summary of that vision sounds pertinent today: “an inexorably expanding cooperative order of states observing common rules and norms, embracing liberal economic systems, forswearing territorial conquest, respecting national sovereignty, and adopting participatory and democratic systems of governance.”


Health and National Security


Pharmacist Arrested over Fatal Meningitis Outbreak

An employee of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a 2012 outbreak of meningitis that killed 64 people has been arrested.

WHO: Use Survivors’ Blood to Treat Ebola Patients
Associated Press

The World Health Organization recommends that doctors should use blood from survivors to treat patients in an effort to combat the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola.


ASP Recent Reports


Briefing Note – Russian State Media
American Security Project

This briefing note’s purpose is to give an introduction to Russian state media and several issues surrounding its influence.


On Our Flashpoint Blog


ASP’s Smith on CCTV America
Adin Dobkin

ASP’s Adjunct Senior Fellow, Douglas Smith, spoke regarding the Islamic State and it’s recent actions on CCTV America.

Project LIBERTY – Advanced Biofuels for National Security
Andrew Holland

Perhaps the most important part to note about Project LIBERTY is its transatlantic nature. As some have bemoaned the lack of strategic engagement between the United States and Europe over the last decade, businesses have bucked this trend through their continued to increase the direct investment across the Atlantic. This project is a partnership between the American firm POET, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, and the Dutch firm Royal DSM, a biochemical and pharmaceutical company.

How the Export-Import Bank Can Advance the U.S. National Interest in Ukraine
Andrew Holland

This is a cross-post of an article originally published on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blog. Written by the CEO of  Holtec International, an American company trying to do business in Ukraine, this article shows how the Export-Import Bank can help American business and America’s national interest. This story touches on so many key goals of American policy: stopping nuclear proliferation, ensuring energy security, and building American competitiveness. 

Time for an Arab NATO?
Fadi Elsalameen

Last week, General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, stated that ISIL/ISIS, “will only be defeated when we have a coalition in the region that takes on the task of defeating ISIS over time.” This is why actions taken against terrorists and insurgents in Libya are important.


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