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Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai after checkpoint bombing

Agence France-Presse | The Guardian

Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency would begin on Saturday in the north and centre of the Sinai peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers.

Egypt eyes legal restrictions, military measures after Sinai attacks


Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area.


Middle East, Terrorism, ISIS

Air strikes hit near Kobani and Mosul dam as US-led coalition targets Isis

The Guardian

US-led air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants continued on Sunday with 12 strikes in Iraq and five in Syria. The strikes followed 22 in Iraq and one in Syria on Friday and Saturday.

US Official Urges Allies to Combat IS Ideology

Hussain Al-Qatari and Adam Schreck | Associated Press

The United States is pressing Arab nations and other allies to do more to counter the Islamic State group’s slick propaganda campaign, with a top American envoy on Monday describing efforts to combat the extremist messages as a vital pillar in the fight to defeat the group.

British, U.S. troops end mission in restive Afghan province

Tim Craig | The Washington Post
U.S. Marines and British forces pulled out of Afghanistan’s Helmand province Monday, ending their engagement in a 13-year-old war that tested both militaries’ ability to fight in a landlocked nation.



Army major general, troops quarantined after Ebola aid trip

Barbara Starr | CNN

Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in “controlled monitoring” in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials. The American personnel are effectively under quarantine, but Pentagon officials declined to use that terminology.

N.J. Says Quarantined Nurse Will Be Discharged, Allowed To Leave

Bill Chappell | NPR

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who spent the weekend in mandatory quarantine after arriving in New Jersey from West Africa, will be discharged from the hospital and allowed to leave the state, officials said today, citing tests that have shown she’s been free of any Ebola symptoms for the past 24 hours.


Energy Security

How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet?

David Roberts | Grist

Do we get modern energy to as many people as possible, as cheaply and quickly as possible, even if it means investing billions more in large, long-lasting fossil-fuel assets (and the mining and drilling needed to fuel them)? Or do we push for the lowest-carbon, most sustainable energy path, even if it means a slower upward trajectory for the global poor?



Pro-Western Parties Sweep Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Scott Neuman | NPR

Elections in Ukraine are pointing to a new parliament that will be dominated by pro-Western parties, a result that President Petro Poroshenko is hailing as a “course toward Europe” but one that is likely to further anger Russia.



South Korean prosecutor asks for death penalty for Sewol ferry captain

Yoonjung Seo and Anna Fifield | The Washington Post

South Korean prosecutors called Monday for the death penalty for a ferry captain facing murder charges for abandoning his capsized ship and leaving hundreds of school students behind as it sank.


U.S. News

Second Seattle-area school shooting victim dies

Abby Phillip | The Washington Post

A second victim has died after a popular high school student opened fire inside Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle on Friday.

Town In Hawaii Prepares For Possible Evacuation Ahead Of Lava Flow

Scott Neuman | NPR

Creeping lava from Mount Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island is burning a path ever-closer to an area where residents have been warned that they might have to quickly leave their homes.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

ASP in Indiana: Climate Change and Security in the Heartland

Andrew Holland

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 14 and 15, representatives of the American Security Project visited Indianapolis, Indiana for a series of meetings, public events, and briefings on how climate change is affecting security, how institutions in the region are planning for it, and how.

The US and EU Strategy to Defeat ISIL

Giancarlo Lima

Aside from military operations, US and EU leaders should pursue a comprehensive socioeconomic strategy to confront groups like ISIL.

Canada’s Resilience in the wake of this week

AJ Degarmo

This week has tested the moral fiber of Canadians, and placed them in the center of the recent conversation of residents who aspire to travel to the Middle East with the intent of joining deadly terrorist groups.

Electricity: The Catalyst

Sophia Dahodwala

Electricity supply is a catalyst for economic development. Electricity at a more basic level is indispensable.

Senator Gary Hart To Play Diplomatic Role for State Department

BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.)

The American Security Project congratulates Senator Gary Hart upon his appointment as the Secretary of State’s Personal Representative including on issues related to Northern Ireland.

Status After the Last Round of Nuclear Talks With Iran

Marylin Carino

Another series of intensive nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) ended in Vienna last week.

The Green Side of Energy Security: EU Event

Caroline Julia von Wurden

The EU delegation to the US and the US State Department hosted a discussion for World Energy Day on energy security and sustainability objectives.


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The one-day inaugural event, to be held at Columbia’s Low Library in Manhattan, offers an opportunity for thought leaders in industry, government, the social sector, and academe to come together to think about collectively exploring the future, and to examine how geography, geographic thinking, and geospatial data and technologies will enable this new age of exploration.

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Climate change is already a major consideration for US military planners. Meanwhile, American politicians continue to ignore the issue. Join us for a discussion with senior flag officers as they discuss the steps the US military has taken and future implications for our national security.

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The nexus of electricity, development, and security is significant, yet its nuances are too often overlooked. The half-day event will bring together development and energy experts, government officials, and policy makers to better establish the important linkages between power, security, and development, share successful implementation strategies and consider how these successes can be replicated in diverse contexts.


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