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Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, ‘rumble on for years’: study

Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | Reuters

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might “rumble on” for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday.


Climate Change

Testing Future Conditions for the Food Chain

Justin Gillis | The New York Times

Researchers are trying to mimic the growing conditions expected to arise decades in the future as the air fills with heat-trapping gases and other pollutants from human activity.


UN to Leaders: Set ‘New Course’ on Climate Change

Dina Cappiello and Seth Borenstein | Associated Press

Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.


All over the planet, countries are completely missing their emissions targets

Steven Mufson | The Washington Post

Worldwide greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, driven by a hunger for energy as economies grow. Many industrialized countries are going to blow through the 2020 emissions targets they agreed to meet at earlier climate summits.


Quantitative risk assessment of the effects of climate change on selected causes of death, 2030s and 2050s

World Health Organization

WHO releases a quantitative assessment of the health impacts of climate change. This constitutes an update and a further development of the assessment that was first published by WHO for the year 2000, now with a wider range of health impacts, and projections for future years.


Science and Technology

Dragon Arrives At Space Station With 3-D Printer

Marcia Dunn | Associated Press

The International Space Station accepted another SpaceX shipment Tuesday, this one containing the first 3-D printer ever launched into orbit.


US plans for future of fusion research

Mark Zastrow | Nature

As the international ITER project to develop an experimental nuclear fusion reactor eats into research budgets around the world, an advisory panel to the US Department of Energy recommends mothballing at least one of three major experiments and focusing on research necessary to bring ITER online.


Middle East, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

U.S. expands war against Islamic State with airstrikes in Syria

Craig Whitlock | The Washington Post

The United States and several Middle East partners pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday with waves of warplanes and Tomahawk cruise missiles in an aggressive and risky operation marking a new phase in the conflict.


Ex-Al-Qaida Spokesman Gets Life Prison Term in NY

Tom Hays | Associated Press

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for acting as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


Houthis tighten grip on Yemen capital

Al Jazeera

Yemen’s Houthi fighters have tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance and signing an overnight deal to win a share of power, capping a decade-long uprising against the government.


Israeli forces kill two Hamas members suspected in kidnap, killing of three teens

William Booth and Ruth Eglash | The Washington Post

Israeli forces early Tuesday shot and killed two Hamas operatives suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers this summer. The abduction of the three students, and the Israeli military’s sweep and mass arrests of Hamas members in the West Bank that followed, was part of a series of events that led to the 50-day war in Gaza.


Israel shoots down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights

Ruth Eglash and William Booth | The Washington Post

Israel’s military said it shot down a Syrian warplane Tuesday after the aircraft strayed more than half a mile into airspace that Israel controls over the Golan Heights.


U.S. News

U.S. Pledges to Destroy All Landmines Outside of Korean Peninsula

Dan Kedmey | Time

The U.S. has pledged to destroy all existing stockpiles of anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean peninsula, administration officials said on Monday, but stopped short of acceding to an international ban on the weaponry.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

Nelson Cunningham Elected President of the American Security Project

American Security Project

This week, ASP congratulates Board Member Nelson Cunningham on his election as the new President of the American Security Project.


Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at 2014 NYC Climate Week

Giancarlo Lima

On Monday, ASP founder and Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the 2014 NYC Climate Week conference to discuss the future of climate change and its implications for the United States and the international community.


Event Recap: Future of the Middle East and America’s Involvement

Sophia Dahodwala

Building off the current national conversation surrounding the ongoing turbulence in the Middle East, a cadre of panelists reflected on the future of the region and laid out several prescriptions for the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, with varying degrees of optimism and pessimism.


Sonenshine on Public Diplomacy and the New Space Race

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

In a recent piece for HuffPost’s The Hill, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and ASP Consensus Member Tara Sonenshine discussed the public diplomacy value of NASA’s announcement of $8.6 billion in contracts to SpaceX and Boeing.


The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change

American Security Project

The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change determines to what extent governments around the world consider climate change to be a national security issue, and how their militaries and national security communities have begun to plan for the effects of climate change.


Upcoming Events

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.


Bangladesh: Prospects and Challenges

October 6 @ 9:00 AM –4:30 PM

The full day conference will include 3 panels and a keynote address will facilitate discussion on the political, security, and economic issues facing Bangladesh and how they can impact the US going forward.

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