Center for Strategic Communication


Nation Remembers 9/11 On 13th Anniversary of Attacks

Scott Neuman | NPR

On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Obama, first lady and vice president gathered on the White House lawn to observe a moment of silence.


ISIS, Terrorism, Counterterrorism

President Obama’s Speech on Islamic State Strategy

Associated Press

Text of President Barack Obama’s address Wednesday night on the Islamic State strategy, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House.

After Obama’s speech, Congress mulling what comes next

Robert Costa and Ed O’Keefe | The Washington Post

House Republican leaders moved quickly Thursday to broadly support President Obama’s plan for an open-ended campaign to combat the Islamic State — but the mechanics of how they will do so remain open for debate, with the GOP mulling exactly how to handle the president’s request to explicitly authorize the training and arming of foreigners to combat the Islamic militants.

Arab states back US push against IS

BBC News

Ten Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, agree to rally with US in tackling threat posed by Islamic State jihadists.

U.N. Peacekeepers Released by Captors in Syria

Somini Sengupta

Forty-five United Nations peacekeepers were released from captivity on Thursday after being held by the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda for nearly two weeks, the U.N. announced. All 45 peacekeepers, from the Pacific Ocean island nation of Fiji, were “in good condition,” the organization said in a statement.


Ukraine, Russia

Statement by the President on New Sanctions Related to Russia

The White House | Office of the Press Secretary

Statement by the President on New Sanctions Related to Russia

MH17 crash: UK Government urges access for investigations 

BBC News | The New York Times                                                  

The UK government has made a new plea to Russia to help investigators access the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.


FEMA, Climate Change, NASA

FEMA Wants At Least $5.8M in Sandy Aid Repaid

Michael Kunzelman and David B. Caruso | Associated Press

After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane’s victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share.

Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

Scott Neuman | NPR

Remember the giant hole in the Earth’s ozone layer? Scientists say it’s shrinking a little, thanks in part to the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, beginning in the 1980s. For the first time in 35 years, scientists have confirmed a statistically significant increase in the amount of ozone, which shields us from skin cancer and protects crops from sun damage.

Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut returned to Earth on Thursday after spending more than six months working together aboard the International Space Station, as tensions between their countries soared over the Ukraine crisis.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

Domestic Sources power ITER
Caroline Julia von Wurden

Twelve high voltage surge arresters (to protect the electrical system against lightning strikes) were shipped from New York and delivered to ITER on September 4th.


Upcoming Events

INVITE – Under Secretary Richard Stengel: American Public Diplomacy in 2014 and Beyond
September 16 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

The United States faces many challenges abroad. In a time when the actions of foreign publics are changing political and security landscapes, the need for effective public diplomacy is becoming more urgent. Understanding this need, how should the U.S. best build relationships and influence with target audiences overseas? Join us to hear from Richard Stengel, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, as he discusses his plans for America’s public diplomacy.

INVITE – Industrial Competitiveness & Worker Leadership
September 17 @ 06:00 PM – 09:30 PM

In cooperation with the Harvard Business Club of Washington, DC, we are pleased to present a conversation with Fred Stahl on Worker Leadership.  Worker Leadership is a new and innovative production system that creates jobs loaded with responsibility and authority—which workers love because they can be more productive.  Managers are thrilled with the dramatic improvements in enterprise productivity, while shareholders love the higher profits. and unions are attracted to a new and vital role.


INVITE –Future of the Middle East and America’s Role
September 18 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

The Middle East is currently brimming with violence – bringing into question the future of the region and the role of the United States. The panel of experts will discuss the possible outcomes of the present turbulence in the Middle East. They will also discuss what options the United States has, and if it should be engaged in the region in the first place.


National Security and Climate Change – Perspectives from the Military
September 22 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue, New York City, NY 10016

The American Security Project, the non-partisan national security think tank, will host a panel discussion on the afternoon of Monday, September 22 as a part of the Climate Group’s launch of Climate Week, taking place at The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue.


What’s Next? Fostering the Next Generation of Energy Security Conference
September 30 @ 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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.


ASP Conference: Africa – Promoting Investment and Extending America’s Security
October 2 @ 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The half-day event will bring together expects from the public and private sector, as well as policy makers and members of the media to discuss the mutually beneficial impacts of US private investment on the African continent, opportunities for practical investment, and how to effectively manage the accompanying risk.


The post What We Are Reading… September 11, 2014 appeared first on American Security Project.