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Military Technology

Hagel: US needs game-changing military innovation

Robert Burns | Yahoo News

Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war.


Climate Change

Does Our Military Know Something We Don’t About Global Warming?

James Conca | Forbes

In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s perspective is significant in how it views climate effects on emerging military conflicts.


How Does the IPCC Know Climate Change is Happening?

Mark Maslin | IFL Science

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its synthesis report on November 2, a document that brings together the findings from the IPCC’s three main working groups.


Middle East & North Africa

Egypt to deepen buffer zone with Gaza after finding longer tunnels


Egypt will double to one kilometer (.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone it is clearing on its border with the Gaza Strip after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.


Ambassadors of Gulf Arab States To Return To Qatar

Abdullah Al-Shihri | AP

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said Monday they will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago.


Emirates Brands Muslim Brotherhood Terrorists

Adam Schreck | AP

The United Arab Emirates designated the Muslim Brotherhood and dozens of other Islamist groups as terrorist organizations on Saturday, ratcheting up the pressure on the group by lumping it together with extremists such as the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria.


U.S. accelerates training of Iraqi forces: Hagel

Al Arabiya News

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. military is starting its program to train and advise Iraqi forces ahead of schedule in an effort to accelerate efforts in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


Science & Technology

Toyota’s ‘Mirai’ Fuel-Cell Car Gets 300 Miles to a Tank

Dan Kedmey | Time

Toyota unveiled its hydrogen-powered concept vehicle ‘Mirai’ on Monday, stealing thunder from a scheduled press conference on a hydrogen-powered vehicle from rival automaker Honda.



Sierra Leone doctor brought to US for Ebola treatment dies

Lauren Gambino | The Guardian

A surgeon from Sierra Leone who was being treated for Ebola at a Nebraska hospital has died on Monday, according to the hospital.


Nuclear Security

Iran Nuclear Pact Faces an Array of Opposing Forces

David E. Sanger, Steven Erlanger & Jodi Rudoren | The New York Times

When President Obama wrote last month to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to overcome a decade of mistrust and negotiate a deal limiting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, it was perhaps the president’s last effort to reach a reconciliation with Iran that could remake the Middle East.


Iran and US close in on historic nuclear deal at Vienna talks

Julian Borger | The Guardian

Iran, the US and other world powers meeting in Vienna this week are close to a historic, comprehensive agreement that could bring a permanent end to 12 years of deadlock of Iran’s nuclear program.


Russia & Ukraine

Putin: Moscow won’t let Ukraine rebels fail

Laura Mills | AP

Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, arguing that both sides need to make concessions for a floundering peace deal to succeed.


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On Our Flashpoint Blog

Partnering for Prosperity: The State of U.S.-EU Relations

Sophia Dahodwala

In the wake of ISIL, climate change, Ebola, trade negotiation, elections in the European Union and United States, and new leadership in the European Commission, U.S.-EU cooperation comes at a time when partnership is more important than ever.


Challenges in Nuclear Verification: The IAEA’s Role on the Iranian Nuclear Issue

Marylin Carino

Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke at the Brookings Institutions to discuss the challenges in verifying Iran’s nuclear program.


Getting the old band back together? A possible partnership between ISIS and al-Qaeda

Matt Suber

In 2013, the jihadist group ISI (Islamic State in Iraq) began tactical operations in Syria, taking advantage of the country’s civil war. Fighting in both Iraq and Syria, ISI became ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).


Reflections from a Veteran

Jon Breed

Veterans are unique members of American society. I believe this, not because veterans receive specialized combat training or make extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of this country. I believe this because, while serving in the military, volunteers from small country towns and big urban cities acquire new experiences and perspectives that most American’s go a lifetime without.


U.S. Military Medicine Drives Innovation and Affects Civilian and Ebola Patients

Jay Lopez

This is a Guest Post from Jay Lopez, President and CEO of Estill Medical Technologies. In this post, the topics of medical innovations on the battlefield, affects on civilian life, and the medical needs for Ebola patients are covered.


Optimism or Reality: US – China Cooperation on Shale Gas

Frauke Heidemann & Patrick Renz

This is the final post of a series on US – China strategic energy relations. Chinese investment in unconventional fossil fuels is aimed at China’s goal of restricting coal use and increasing domestic natural gas production. It also presents an opportunity for increasingly difficult Sino-US bilateral relations.


The U.S. – E.U. Partnership: Looking Ahead

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

The EU-US partnership has been integral in successfully addressing many of the most serious threats to peace, stability, and democracy across the globe in the two decades since its formalization.


Upcoming Events

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 18, 2014 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 the University of Tampa on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 as we discuss this important issue.


ASP Conference: Electricity Supply: What it Means for Security, Developments and Geopolitics

November 19 @ 12:00PM – 4:30PM

1100 New York Avenue, NW – 7th Floor – West Tower

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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