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ISIS, Middle East, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Iraqi Kurdish fighters to head to Syria
Bram Janssen | Associated Press
Dozens of Iraq’s Kurdish peshmerga fighters will fly to Turkey on Tuesday and from there cross into the Syrian border town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds fight Muslim militants, a spokesman for the Kurdish force said.

Al Qaeda seizes territory from moderate Syrian group
Tom Perry, Suleiman al-Khalidi, and Angus MacSwan | Reuters
Fighters linked to al Qaeda have seized territory from a moderate Syrian rebel group in a three-day campaign that has expanded their control into one of the few areas of northern Syria not held by hardline Islamists.

Hezbollah under strain as it battles on several fronts
Hugh Naylor | The Washington Post
Lebanon’s dominant military force is facing a new challenge from Sunni jihadists.


White House, states quarrel over power to quarantine
Josh Gerstein | Politico
The White House threw a fit this weekend when two governors defied its Ebola policy and ordered mandatory quarantines of aid workers returning from West Africa.

Top UN Ebola official: new cases poorly tracked
Rodney Muhumuza | Associated Press
Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, deadly outbreak, the U.N.’s top Ebola official in West Africa said Tuesday.

Asia, Europe, Latin America

Seoul officials say Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery
Kim Tong-Hyung | Associated Press
South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world.

Goodbye Afghanistan: where next for British troops?
Richard Norton-Taylor | The Guardian
This week, at the end of the biggest airlift mounted by the RAF since the Berlin Airlift in 1947-48, the final plane took off from Camp Bastion, the largest operational base built by British forces since the Second World War.

Ukraine crisis: Russia to recognise rebel vote in Donetsk and Luhansk
BBC News
Russia says it will recognise the results of controversial separatist elections in eastern Ukraine, which the rebels plan to hold on 2 November.

Science and Technology, Energy Security 

Japan edges back towards nuclear power with vote to restart reactors
Justin McCurry | The Guardian
Japan has moved closer to a return to nuclear power, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster, after a town in the country’s south-west voted to approve two reactors coming back online.

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector
Leo Kelion and James Gallagher | BBC News
Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

ASP in Indiana: Climate Change and Security in the Heartland
Andrew Holland
ASP visited Indiana to discuss how the midwest is threatened by climate change.

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 catalysts for economic development. Operating a factory, maintaining a business, transporting crops and goods are impossible without utilizing some form of energy. Electricity at a more basic level is indispensable. Without it, people cannot refrigerate, use household appliances or illuminate their homes.

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 at the Secretary of State’s Personal Representative including on issues related to Northern Ireland.

Upcoming Events 

ASP Conference – The US – EU Strategic Partnership: Trade, Energy, and Security
November 12 @ 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: American Security Project, Suite 750W – 1100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
Numerous strategic challenges and opportunities face the United States and European Union in 2015. Join ASP on November 12, 2014 as our high-level panel discusses what options are ahead of the US and the EU.

Tampa Event – Climate Change: Risks for National Security
November 18 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606
Climate change is already a major concern for US military planners. Meanwhile, American politicians continue to ignore the issue of this growing threat. Join ASP at the University of Tampa on Tuesday, November 18th as we discuss this important issue.

Geography 2050: Mounting an Expedition to the Future
November 19
Location: Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10027
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.

FSC Event – Climate Change: Risks for National Security
November 19 @ 10:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801
Climate change is already a major concern for US military planners. Meanwhile, American politicians continue to ignore the issue of this growing threat. Join ASP at Florida Southern College on Wednesday, November 19th as we discuss this important issue.

ASP Conference – Electricity Supply: What it Means for Security, Development and Geopolitics
November 19 @ 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: American Security Project, Suite 750W – 1100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
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.

ASP Conference – Pakistan: Aid, Trade, and Security
December 9 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: TBA
Join ASP and FTI Consulting as we host an event that will discuss current conditions of economic aid, trade and security in Pakistan, and will feature experts of military and development backgrounds.

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