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In Airstrikes, US Targets Militant Cell Said to Plot an Attack Against the West

Peter Baker | the New York Times

American forces took advantage of the airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group in Syria to try to simultaneously wipe out the leadership of an unrelated cell of veterans of Al Qaeda that the White House said Tuesday was plotting an “imminent” attack against the United States or Europe.


Egypt’s President Backs Global Campaign Against Islamic State Extremists

Gerard Baker and Jay Solomon | the Wall Street Journal

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi pledged his support for the U.S. war against Islamic State militants, but called on President Barack Obama to widen his campaign against extremism well beyond Iraq and Syria.


Arab States Lag In Media War Against Extremists

Aya Batrawy | AP

As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal.


Arab States Risk Backlash By Joining Syria Strikes

Adam Schreck | AP

The Arab nations that joined the United States in striking the Islamic State group in Syria were unusually open about it, throwing aside their usual secrecy and wariness about appearing too close to Washington.


Parliament to be recalled to endorse UK air strikes in Iraq

Patrick Wintour | the Guardian

Parliament is to be recalled on Friday to endorse British air strikes in Iraq following assurances from the leader of the opposition, Ed Milliband, to the prime minister, David Cameron, that his party will support UK involvement in the country.


Background Briefing on the Secretary’s Bilateral Meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and on the Ministerial Meeting on Libya

Press Release Dept. of State

Transcript of conference call with a Senior State Department Official regarding Secretary Kerry’s bilateral meeting with the Saudi foreign minister and Libya-related meeting.


Details Of The Mission Against Militants In Syria

Lolita C. Baldor | AP

The US and five Arab countries launched airstrikes this week on Islamic State group targets and an al-Qaida group in Syria. Some facts about the military action with maps included.


ISIS Crisis Op-Ed

Thomas Friedman | the New York Times

There is a tension at the heart of President Obama’s campaign to confront the Islamic State, and it explains a lot about why he has so much trouble articulating and implementing his strategy.


Climate Change

The most promising climate change support doesn’t come from government…

Andrew Holland | Christian Science Monitor

On Monday, September 22, I took part in the Climate Group’s annual kick-off of “Climate Week NYC.” We heard from political leaders like Secretary of State John Kerry, Executive Secretary of the UNFCC Christiana Figueres, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and Ban Ki-moon the Secretary General of the UN. ASP helped arrange Secretary Kerry’s climate speech, which is worth reading in its entirety.


Obama to World Leaders: ‘Nobody Gets a Pass’ on Climate Change

Ty McCormick | Foreign Policy

Speaking at a special climate summit at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a set of new initiatives to help developing countries deal with the effects of climate change and called on world leaders to reach an agreement to limit carbon emissions by the end of next year.


Report: MENA unprepared for climate change

Daniel J. Graeber | UPI

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa have done little as a whole to address the threats from climate change, the American Security project said Monday.


Science and Technology

India’s first Mars satellite ‘Mangalyaan’ enters orbit


India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, becoming the fourth nation or geo-bloc to do so. The Mangalyaan robotic probe, one of the cheapest interplanetary missions ever, will soon begin work studying the Red Planet’s atmosphere.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

Secretary Kerry: ‘Energy economy of the future is a win-win’

Caroline Julia von Wurden

On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry (one of ASPs founding board members) 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.


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.


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 studyinto 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 experts 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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