Can the U.S. Military Halt Its Brain Drain?
David Barno and Nora Bensahel / The Atlantic
The Pentagon worries its rigid personnel system is driving away the officers it will need for the conflicts of the 21st century.
U.N. expects Europe’s refugee flow to top 1 million in 2015
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters
Refugees and migrants are likely to keep coming to Europe at a rate of up to 5,000 per day via Turkey this winter, the United Nations said on Thursday, meaning that more than a million people will have fled to the continent this year.
The battle over President Obama’s trade deal has officially arrived
David Nakamura and Mike DeBonis / Washington Post
The Obama administration released the full text of a 12-nation Pacific Rim free-trade accord on Thursday, launching what is expected to be a long and bruising fight to win final ratification in Congress for one of the president’s top priorities.
Hawkish Yellen Confronts Congress
Andrew Soergel / U.S. News and World Report
Stocks dipped Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took on a hawkish tone and weathered another congressional interrogation.
U.S. jobless claims rise; third-quarter productivity posts surprise gain
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters
New U.S. applications for unemployment benefits last week recorded their largest increase in eight months, but remained at levels consistent with a fairly healthy labor market.
National Security & Strategy
Carter sends message to China with USS Roosevelt visit
Tara Copp / Stars and Stripes
After spending much of this week trying diplomacy with China over territorial claims in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Ash Carter took a different tack Thursday by flying out to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is sailing near those disputed waters.
Russia Sends Missiles to Syria to Protect Its Jets
The head of Russia’s air force said Thursday the military has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria in order to protect the Russian planes that have been conducting airstrikes there since the end of September
White House won’t rule out executive action to close Gitmo
Jordan Fabian / The Hill
Press secretary Josh Earnest said it’s possible Obama might try to circumvent Congress if lawmakers reject the president’s latest plan to close the detention facility, which houses foreign terror suspects in Cuba.
Russian plane crash: U.S. intel suggests ISIS bomb brought down jet
Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN
Days after authorities dismissed claims that ISIS brought down a Russian passenger jet, a U.S. intelligence analysis now suggests that the terror group or its affiliates planted a bomb on the plane.
Arab countries weigh sending ground troops to Syria
Charles Hoskinson / Washington Examiner
The Obama administration is talking with Arab allies about providing ground forces to help rebels in Syria fight the Islamic State, a senior State Department official told lawmakers Wednesday.
U.S. Could Gain Trillions From Global Climate Change Action, Study Finds
Lydia O’Connor / Huffpost Business
The economic analysis, which was released Thursday by the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, argues that this financial benefit is reason enough for the U.S. to take the lead on securing ambitious carbon reduction pledges from countries like China and India.
Natural Security: Time to think seriously about climate change and the Pacific
Sharon Burke and Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy
In March 2013, then-Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Sam Locklear, told a group of reporters that the greatest long-term threat in the Asia-Pacific region was climate change. This certainly raised eyebrows at the time, with some observers hailing Admiral Locklear a hero and others questioning his military judgment.
Nuclear power plants warn of closure crisis
Timothy Cama / The Hill
The nuclear power industry is sounding the alarm over the latest in a series of plant closures, warning that an energy source central to meeting President Obama’s climate change goals is deteriorating.
Israeli and American oilmen believe they have discovered a bonanza in this most inconvenient of sites. After three test-drillings, Yuval Bartov, the chief geologist of Genie Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of American-based Genie Energy, says his company thinks it has found an oil reservoir “with the potential of billions of barrels”.
Tokamak Energy: big ideas in a small vessel
Chris Lo / Power-technology.com
Oxfordshire’s Tokamak Energy is hard at work to prove that small spherical tokamaks combined with high-temperature superconductors can speed up the path to fusion energy. Tokamak Energy CEO Dr David Kingham discusses the company’s technology, future milestones and being recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Backlash Against U.S. in Iran Seems to Gather Force After Nuclear Deal
Thomas Erdbrink / The New York Times
Anyone who hoped that Iran’s nuclear agreement with the United States and other powers portended a new era of openness with the West has been jolted with a series of increasingly rude awakenings over the past few weeks.
After Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Hard-liners Assert Power
Yaroslav Trofimov / The Wall Street Journal
President Hassan Rouhani and other relative reformers in the Iranian government have invested much of their political capital in negotiating the nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers. But now the agreement has been reached, they are increasingly losing another battle that perhaps is even more important: opening the Islamic Republic more widely to the outside world.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Improving the Relationship Between the U.S. and Iran with Ambassador Thomas Pickering
On Monday November 2, 2015, Ambassador Thomas Pickering visited American University to address Improving the Relationship Between the U.S. and Iran.
GMOs Play a Key Role in Climate and National Security
Climate change has had notable impacts on our environment and national security, serving as a “threat multiplier,” according to the Department of Defense. The argument goes that climate change can exacerbate existing conflict by making already-scarce resources ever scarcer, such as land and water.
Reality, Risk and Potential: Managing Today’s Conflicts
On Monday, October 26th at the Council on Foreign Relation’s, Foreign Affairs and the International Crisis Group (ICG) in New York hosted an event on “Reality, Risk, and Potential: Managing Today’s Conflicts.” The event featured panels of experts consisting of think tank fellows, academics, journalists, and business professionals.
A few weeks ago Genie Energy, an American energy company, announced that it had found significant quantities of oil and gas in Israel’s disputed Golan Heights territory. Since then, many have speculated that these new-found reserves may be large enough to eventually make Israel self-sufficient in energy.
College of Charleston Event – Climate Change: Risks for National Security
November 09 @ 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Join ASP in Charleston, NC for a discussion with senior flag officers as they discuss the steps the US military has taken and future implications for our national security.
Hill Briefing: Opportunities in International Climate Cooperation
November 10 @ 3:00pm-4:00pm
Please join us in 121 Canon HOB for a discussion of the latest updates and developments in international climate policy as nations prepare for international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), set to take place in Paris, France from November 30 – December 11, 2015.
TPP: Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Global and Regional Stability
November 19 @ 12:30pm – 2:00pm
This event will include a panel discussion featuring key leaders well versed in the economic and security impact of free trade from several TPP nations. The event will conclude with a keynote address from Representative Don Beyer (D, VA-8), former Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
ASP Recently Published
Climate Diplomacy: A Strategy for American Leadership
American Security Project
In December, 2015, the world will gather in Paris in an attempt to finally address the challenge of climate change. The stakes are high: failure would only make addressing climate change more costly and difficult and could have repercussions on broader national security goals. But “Climate Diplomacy” is not just about a single conference in Paris: it must be a bipartisan, long-standing priority for the U.S. government.
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