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International News Coverage

Sydney Hostage Crisis

Police storm Sydney café to end hostage siege, reports say two dead

Lincoln Feast & Nicole Packham

Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney café on Tuesday to free several hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.

Middle East & North Africa

The terrorist bureaucracy: Inside the files of the Islamic State in Iraq

Jacob N. Shapiro & Danielle F. Jung | The Boston Globe

An exclusive look at captured documents reveals the tight organizational structure – and vulnerabilities – of a violent movement.


Islamic State Imposes Strict New Order in Mosul, and Deprivation Is a Result.

Ben Hubbard | The New York Times

As the school year began in Mosul, the largest city controlled by the Islamic State, the extremists sent a message to teachers: Report for work or lose your jobs.


Egypt Stock Market Loses $3B Amid Oil Plunge

Merrit Kennedy | The Associated Press

Egypt’s stock market shares plunged by 22 billion Egyptian pounds (just over $3 billion) in Sunday trading as low oil prices dragged down regional economies.


Syrian jihadis seize Idlib army base

The Guardian

Jihadis have captured a Syrian army base in the north-western province of Idlib after two days of intense fighting that killed dozens of gunmen, activists have said.


Egypt looks to roll back Islamist militias in Libya

Ayah Aman | Al Monitor

Egypt has been taking diplomatic steps to settle the armed conflict in Libya, but in the meantime, the Libyan national army has been fighting with political, military and logistical support from Cairo to regain gradual control of Benghazi from Islamist militias.


Climate Change

Late-breaking climate deal reached in Lima

Karl Ritter | The Associated Press

Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits.



Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

Julian Borger | The Guardian

After failing to reach agreement in Vienna by a November 24 deadline after nine months of negotiations, diplomats are sitting down in Geneva today to try to keep the momentum for a nuclear deal going.


Iran’s Rouhani says will try to clinch nuclear deal as talks with U.S. resume


President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that he would try to clinch a nuclear deal with world powers despite opposition from some quarters in Iran.



Congress Sends Obama Measure Pushing for More Russia Sanctions

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

The U.S. Congress has sent President Barack Obama legislation setting out tougher sanctions to punish Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, while giving him leeway in applying most of the provisions.


Russian ruble falls to new low against US dollar


The Russian ruble has dropped to a new low against the US dollar, as falling oil prices and Western sanctions continue to weigh on the country.


East Asia

Japan’s Abe faces battle on reforms despite win

Elaine Kurtenbach | The Associated Press

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday to prevail over resistance to his plans for economic and political change following a weekend election victory that gives him up to four more years in power.


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On Our Flashpoint Blog

Disaster Risk and Climate Change: The Frog in the Boiling Pot

Sophia Dahodwala

Join ASP and special guest, Mr. Dante Disparte, for a discussion on disaster risk management in the wake of climate change.


U.S. – Russia Relations – New ISAB Report

BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.)

After over a year’s worth of work by a very distinguished board, you’ll find a report that doesn’t whitewash anything – be it Putin, Ukraine, or nuclear weapons.


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.


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