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FACT SHEET - Yemen

Yemen is currently in a historic period of political transition following the 2011 revolution and the end of former President Saleh’s regime. At the mid-point of its National Dialogue process, designed to forge a unified solution to the various issues beleaguering the country, Yemen still faces many challenges to achieving political stability and economic growth. Here are some basic facts about what the U.S. is doing in Yemen, organized into three broad categories of relevance.Read more...

FACT SHEET - Shipping Container Security

“A nuclear weapon is more likely to arrive in a shipping container than on a missile” Graham Allison. Costs and international disputes make it difficult to achieve 100 percent nuclear and radiological scanning of inbound U.S. cargo containers. This fact sheet describes the challenges we face and some key ways we can mitigate the risk. Read more...

PERSPECTIVE: Understanding the Strategic and Tactical Considerations of Drone Strikes

This American Security Project report, the second in our series on drone strikes and targeted killing, examines the known data to generate a series of ten metrics to gauge the effects of the program. This paper presents a factual, apolitical discussion of the many aspects of the lethal drones program, and suggests how policymakers and the public can make it more effective.Read more...

FACT SHEET: Threat Finance and Financial Intelligence

Threat finance is an enabling factor of crime and terrorism, and therefore, a challenge to both national and international security. The integration of global financial systems, as well as technological innovation and proliferation, has reduced barriers to threat finance and money laundering while making it difficult for authorities to detect or disrupt these illicit operations. The American Security Project has compiled this fact sheet to provide an overview of threat finance and the methods used to launder money, as well as measures aimed at countering these activities.Read more...

FACT SHEET: Mali - Timeline and Facts

Mali’s North is now under the control of Islamist extremists, generating concerns for further instability and violence. This instability carries serious security implications on the regional and global scales, from the probability of a new ground war in Africa, to the potential for increased terrorist activity. The American Security Project has compiled this factsheet to trace the development of the crisis in Mali and understand the implications of the potential military intervention.Read more...

Climate Change, The Arab Spring and Food Prices

Climate change is inextricably linked to national security. The effects of climate change – drought, severe storms, flooding, reduced agricultural activity – will present serious problems to countries around the world. In particular, climate change will undermine stability in certain “hot spots,” exacerbating underlying tensions that already exist. ASP’s Policy Brief, “The Arab Spring and World Food Prices,” details this link. Read more...

Fact Sheet - Moving Towards Tallinn: Drafting the Shape of Cyber Warfare

The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare, a 215-page unofficial document compiled by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, provides a litmus test on how experts from the international community foresee international law applying to the cyber environment. To aid understanding of this document, the American Security Project has compiled this condensed fact sheet with key findings from the manual.Read more...

Need to Know in National Security

ASP is organized around the belief that honest public discussion of national security requires a better-informed citizenry–one that understands the dangers and opportunities of the 21st century, the spectrum of available responses, and the benefits and drawbacks of each course of action. Here you can find a collection of our fact-sheets and other related papers to assist in “what you need to know in national security”.Read more...