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Climate Change

John Kerry: climate change is now a security issue

Suzannne Goldenberg | The Guardian

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, will call on world leaders to reach for an ambitious deal to fight climate change in a visit to UN negotiations on Thursday.


How Green is Barack Obama?

Politico Magazine

President Obama’s sixth year in office might be his greenest yet, with new Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce power plant emissions and ozone pollutants, plus what he called a “historic” climate agreement with China. Some even say these are the boldest environmental steps the United States has taken since the 1970 Clean Air Act.


East Asia

North Korea ‘to have 20 nuclear warheads by 2016’

Julian Ryall | Tokyo

North Korea is likely to have 20 nuclear warheads by 2016 and can be expected to carry out a number of new test detonations as it seeks to miniaturize the devices, according to a leading US nuclear scientist.


Détente for China and Japan

Akio Takahara | The New York Times

That empty expression President Xi Jinping of China made when he shook hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan was his blandest face of the entire APEC summit last month.


Middle East & North Africa

Egypt cautiously accepts reconciliation with Qatar

Walaa Hussein | Al Monitor

Egypt declared acceptance of a Gulf initiative, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, for reconciliation with Qatar. However, certain signs indicate that the agreement has not gone past its formal appearance.


Sub-Saharan Africa

Boko Haram: The Other Islamic State

Jeremy Ashkenas, Derek Watkins & Arche Tse | The New York Times

While much of the world has been focused on the rise of the Islamic State, another proto-Islamic state has been waging a campaign of terror while dreaming of a caliphate in Nigeria.



Oil resumes decline, falling toward $64, oversupply weighs

Alex Lawler | Reuters

Oil resumed its downward move on Thursday, falling towards $64 a barrel and within sight of a five-year low, pressured by signs that already ample supply will be even more plentiful in 2015.


Oil Slide Drives Central Banks to Action

Josie Cox | The Wall Street Journal

The steep slide in the price of oil is hammering an increasingly broad spectrum of the global financial market, particularly pummeling stocks and currencies of oil-dependent economies, and even driving central banks to action.



Iran’s budget tackles falling oil prices

Bijan Khajehpour | Al Monitor

On Dec. 7, President Hassan Rouhani presented his budget bill for the Iranian year 1394 (which begins March 21, 2015) to the Iranian parliament. The budget bill was anticipated by various stakeholders, especially considering low and falling oil prices as well as the wait-and-see mode in the nuclear negotiations that have induced massive uncertainties into Iran’s economic outlook.


Nuclear Security

India to build nuclear reactors with Russia

Al Jazeera

India is to build at least ten more nuclear reactors with Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said after talks with President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi.


Science & Technology

The Age of Asteroids

Jonathan Blitzer | The New Yorker

Remote as they might seem, asteroids are commanding increasing attention on Earth, both as threats to human existence and as targets of human industry.



Armenia Wins Backing to Join Trade Bloc Championed by Putin

David M. Herszenhorn | The New York Times

Russia’s lower house of Parliament voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a treaty allowing Armenia to join a trade bloc of former Soviet states that President Vladimir V. Putin has championed as an alternative to the European Union.


Pentagon to Press Russia on Arms Pact Violation

Michael R. Gordon | The New York Times

The Pentagon has developed a range of military options to pressure Russia to correct its violation of a landmark arms control agreement, a senior Defense Department official told Congress on Wednesday.


Latin America

US Co-opted Cuba’s Hip-Hop Scene To Spark Change

Desmond Butler, Michael Weissenstein, Laura Wides-Munoz, & Andrea Rodriquez | The AP

For more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba’s underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.


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On Our Flashpoint Blog

GCC starting to create regional security

Fadi Elsalameen

This week saw the Gulf Cooperation Council (the GCC) take major security and political steps together.


Pakistan – Aid, Trade, and Security

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

On December 9th, ASP hosted a roundtable discussion sponsored by FTI Consulting with Admiral William Fallon, USN (Re.), Mr. Daniel Grant, Assistant to the Administrator for Pakistan in the USAID office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs and Mr. Mark Thompson of APCO Worldwide, titled “Pakistan – Aid, Trade, and Security.”


ASP’s Holland Testifies about the Arctic before House Foreign Affairs Committee

Andrew Holland

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Andrew Holland, ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, testified before the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. The hearing, “The United States as an Artic Nation: Opportunities in the High North” took place in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building Washington.


FY-15 Omnibus supports Fusion

Caroline Julia von Wurden

December 9th, the FY-15 Omnibus was posted by the Rules Committee. Listen to ASP’s Andrew Holland explain the details and the importance of fusion to America’s long term energy security.


Hochstein: “Energy plays a critical role in national security”

Caroline Julia von Wurden

Amos J. Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs leading the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S. Department of State spoke at the American Security Project on Monday about energy policy and the critical role it plays in global and national security.


Electricity Supply: What it means for Security, Development, and Geopolitics

American Security Project

The nexus of electricity, development, and security is significant, yet its nuances are too often overlooked. American Security Project’s half-day conference on November 19th, “Electricity Supply: What it means for Security, Development, and Geopolitics,” brought together development and energy experts, government officials, business leaders, and policy makers to discuss the importance of electricity to development.


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