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The Global Impact of US Shale

Daniel Yergin / Project Syndicate

The biggest innovation in energy so far this century has been the development of shale gas and the associated resource known as “tight oil.”

 

Egyptian Draft Constitution Explained

Dina Khayat / The Hill

The new inclusive draft constitution is complete and is to be voted on in a two-day national referendum starting on January 14.  The document is a far cry from the Islamist dominated 2012 constitution written during Dr. Morsi’s presidential tenure, as well as the old 1971 constitution.

 

A Safer World, Filled With Nukes

Keith Johnson / Foreign Policy Magazine

Is the best way to limit the spread of nuclear weapons actually to loosen restrictions on atomic energy deals around the world?

 

Still Not Time to Attack Iran : Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Play Chicken with Tehran

Colin H. Kahl / Foreign Affairs Magazine

Whatever hawks such as Reuel Marc Gerecht or Matthew Kroenig might argue, it is still not time to attack Iran. Indeed, the prospects for reaching a comprehensive agreement to resolve the nuclear impasse peacefully, while far from guaranteed, have never been brighter.

 

How the Fall of Fallujah Could Be Good For the U.S.

Michael Hirsh / Defense One

With the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi apparently under the control of Qaida-linked militants, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki looks headed for a long, bloody slog in restive Anbar province.

 

The Culture of Rebellion in Syria

Faysal Itani / Atlantic Council

The latest rebel infighting in Syria illustrates how profoundly the uprising has changed Syrian political culture.

 

Technology Policy in an Age of Unknowledge

Peter Haynes / Atlantic Council

Technology evolves so quickly that government regulations are outdated from the day they are written.

 

Suicide Bomber Kills 23 Iraqi Army Recruits

Alistair Lyon / Reuters

A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad on Thursday, officials said, in an attack on men volunteering to join the government’s struggle to crush al Qaeda-linked militants in Anbar province.

 

Germany to Help Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Rebecca Shabad / The Hill

Germany announced Thursday it will help destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.

 

What About Deterrence in an Era of Cyberwar?

Peter W. Singer & Allan Friedman / Armed Forces Journal

Cyber offense may provide the means to respond in-kind. The protected conventional capability should provide credible and observable kinetic effects globally.

 

Nuclear Death, Warmed Over

Jon Wolfsthal / Huff Post: Politics

During the cold war, the United States built a large nuclear arsenal deployed on long-range land based missiles, submarines and strategic bombers. This “Triad” of nuclear systems was thought critical to our security and survival.

 

EVENTS:

Defense Budget in 2014: A Conversation with Russell Rumbaugh

American Security Project

Since sequestration and passage of the new budget, the Defense Department has been adjusting to a reduced funding environment – and 2014 won’t be much different. The speaker will discuss the outlook for Pentagon spending in 2014.

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Egypt: The Realities on the Ground

Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.) / CEO – American Security Project

Having just returned from a week in Cairo, I can say this – Egyptians, as a whole, are considerably happier now and more anxious to move on then they have been in several years.

 

 

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