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Air Force may send F-22s to Europe over Russia ‘threat’

Brad Lendon / CNN

The U.S. Air Force could be sending some of its most advanced warplanes to Europe in a show of force against Russian actions in Ukraine and elsewhere around the continent, the service’s top civilian said Monday

Yemen al-Qaeda chief al-Wuhayshi killed in US strike


Nasser al-Wuhayshi was a major global figure among jihadists – even supporters of al-Qaeda’s rival Islamic State viewed Wuhayshi with respect. His death is no doubt a big blow for AQAP – but it seems to have been prepared for this moment, swiftly naming another highly influential figure, Qasim al-Raymi, to succeed him.


American Competitiveness

What NAFTA can teach us about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Michael Muskal / LA Times

The Obama administration this week will continue to wrestle with reluctant congressional Democrats seeking a compromise to advance the president’s hoped-for legacy of expanding trading relations with Asia.

Greek PM tears into lenders, euro zone prepares for ‘Grexit’

Lefteris Papadimas and Erik Kirschbaum / Reuters

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lashed out at Greece’s creditors on Tuesday, accusing them of trying to “humiliate” Greeks, as he defied a drumbeat of warnings that Europe is preparing for his country to leave the euro.


National Security & Strategy

China to build Military Facilities on South China Sea Islets

Chun Han Wong / The Wall Street Journal

China said it is shifting work on disputed South China Sea islets from the dredging of land to the construction of military and other facilities as it pushes forward with a program that has aggravated tensions with the U.S. and neighbors.


North Korea boasts about rocket testings

Madison Park / CNN

The newspaper described the rockets as “highly intelligent” that detected and hit “enemy” warships in the drill. And it reported that Kim “appreciated their high concentrated firing” and apparently remarked that “shells seemed to have eyes.”


Asymmetric Operations

Turkey sees signs of ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Kurdish fighters in Syria

Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters

Turkey accused Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Tuesday of driving out civilians in areas it occupies and said it saw signs of “a kind of ethnic cleansing”.


Climate Security

American Are Again Getting More Worried About the Climate

David Leonhardt / New York Times

The financial crisis and recession made Americans more worried about the immediate condition of the economy, rather than about the long-term condition of the planet. About 69 percent of adults say that global warming is either a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, according to a new Pew Research Center poll, up from 63 percent in 2010.


Energy Security

White House raises $4 billion for clean energy

Gregory Korte / USA Today

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says many investors see the risks associated with climate change are using their investments in clean energy “as a way to reduce risk in other parts of their portfolio.”


Nuclear Security

Senate Prepares to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

Laura Rozen / U.S. News & World Report

With negotiators from Iran and six world powers locked down in Vienna, almost continuously trying to meet the June 30 deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has started holding a series of classified briefings and open hearings to prepare members to evaluate a prospective deal next month.


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Fusion energy is real and will revolutionize the American energy system as a clean, safe, secure, and affordable energy source. Scientific breakthroughs in research institutions across America and around the world will allow fusion to be a viable source of power much sooner than many had thought.


Three Reasons TAA Matters

Clark Derrington

TAA is a cornerstone of successful trade policy. Should it fail to pass after being reintroduced, the impact on American workers and companies, trade negotiations, and future trade deals would be severe in three key ways.


Rohingya Migration From Myanmar – A Complex, Cross-Border Challenge

Andrew Holland

Too often, we think of problems separated by borders and separated by issue. But the security issues of the 21st century involve complex, overlapping issues with multiple causes, that cross borders.


Future Nuclear Technology

Steven Eisen

The current US nuclear reactors are near the end of their lifespans. Fifty reactors built in the 1970’s are still operating and could be retired by 2040 or earlier.


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