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Willkommen: Germany’s Policy on Migrants
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic
Germany’s vice chancellor says the country can take in 500,000 asylum-seekers annually.


Obama secures 41 votes in support of Iran deal
Burgess Everett / Politico
President Barack Obama now has sufficient support in the Senate to reject a motion disapproving of his nuclear deal with Iran, after three key Democrats said they would back the accord on Tuesday morning.


Migrant Wave Inspires Other to Attempt Trek to Europe

Nour Malas and Joe Parkinson / Wall Street Journal
Stories and images of migrants pouring into Europe are inspiring thousands more, from Iraq to Nigeria, to rush out on their own risky journeys, posing a burgeoning problem for policy makers who are focused mainly on easing the plights of Syrian refugees.



American Competitiveness


New jobs numbers do little to illuminate the Fed’s path
The Economist
Those hoping for an end to the suspense will be disappointed. America’s  labour market update—the last before the Federal Reserve’s meeting on September 17th—did not provide much clarity about the chance of an imminent rise in interest rates.



National Security & Strategy


As European handles waves of Syrian refugees, U.S is slow to help
Doina Chiacu / Reuters
As Europe grapples with a flood of refugees from the Syrian war and the pope urges Catholics to help them, the U.S. government may lack the political appetite to offer American soil as a safe haven to more than the current trickle of Syrians.



Asymmetric Operations


Kerry confronts Russia over reports of escalating involvement in Syria
Mary Troyan / USA Today
Further Russian intervention in Syria’s civil war could make things worse for civilians and the coalition battling Islamic State fighters there, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a phone call Saturday.


Islamic State Advances on Strategic Syrian Border Town
Raja Abdulrahim and Dion Nissenbaum / The Wall Street Journal
Islamic State fighter intensified their advance in recent days on a town in northern Syria close to a vital supply route for Syrian rebel near the border with Turkey, according to opposition rebels and local residents.



Climate Security


Pacific Island partnership to highlight climate adaption 
Hans Nicholas Jong and Tana Salim / The Jarkata Post 
Indonesia may team up with the Pacific Islands to put pressure on other countries to agree on a universal legally binding climate agreement at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris in December 2015, with more emphasis on adaption to existing climate change.



Fusion Energy 


Trio Alpha Energy takes small step towards huge goal of fusion reactor
Aaron Orlonski / OCRegister
Tucked in an unmarked industrial building in Foothill Ranch, the physicists at secretive nuclear fusion company Trio Alpha Energy believe they have move to step closer to achieving viable fusion energy – The holy grail of sustainable energy.



Nuclear Security


Russia Building Nuclear-Armed Drone Submarine 
Bill Gertz / The Washington Free Beacon
Russia is building a drone submarine to deliver large-scale nuclear weapons against U.S. harbors and coastal cities, according to Pentagon officials.



On Our Flashpoint Blog


Wind Energy’s Production Tax Credit: Opportunities Created by the Clean Power Plan
Andrew Landrum
The United States’ wind industry has reached a critical point in its development. Recent innovations, supported by federal and state programs and private sector investment, position the industry to assume a critical role in future state compliance strategies mandated by the Clean Power Plan (CPP).


The Arctic at the Center of World Affairs
Andrew Holland
The Arctic is now at the center of world affairs. What was once a frozen ocean, closed to all but the most intrepid explorers, is now a venue for oil and mineral exploration, cargo transit, and even tourism.


Risks of Arming Syrian Opposition Group Against ISIS
Anil Powers
As the quest to fight and eliminate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) continues, the US government has considered many options to secure victory, including aiding opposition groups in the region.  One group that has surfaced as a potential ally is Ahrar al-Sham, a large opposition force in Syria.  Although the group is more than willing to fight ISIS, the US government remains skeptical when it comes to providing monetary aid and weaponry because of the group’s Islamist affiliations.


Iranian Human Rights Defenders Coming Out Massively in Support of the Iran Deal
American Security Project
Dr. Trita Parsi, recent panelist for ASP’s event Understanding the Iran Deal on August 4, 2015, is in the news again regarding the Iran Deal. In an article published by The Huffington Post, Dr. Parsi pointed out that numerous Iranian human rights defenders gain out in support of the deal



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