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Pakistan says it test-fires short-range missile

AP

Pakistan’s military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

Syria suicide bombers kill 55, truce in tatters

Oliver Holmes and Mariam Karouny / Reuters

Two suicide car bombers killed 55 people and wounded 372 in Damascus on Thursday, state media said, in the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 14 months ago.

Defense leaders push US to sign sea treaty

Lolita Baldor / AP

Top defense leaders argued Wednesday for the U.S. to ratify a long-debated treaty governing ocean rights in order to bolster the nation’s national security interests in the Asia-Pacific region and other key global waters.

Vladimir Putin calls off US trip

The Guardian

Vladimir Putin will miss a planned visit to the US this month for a key global summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the Kremlin has confirmed, as the Russian president faced pressure from protests and opposition criticism at home.

Lugar’s legacy in Senate: Cooperation and security

Donna Cassata / AP

Far from politics, six-term Sen. Richard Lugar is considered a visionary who looked beyond U.S. exuberance over the end of the Cold War and saw the dangers and opportunities in the collapse of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.

Iran aims to export electricity to India

UPI

With renewed investments in green energy technology, Tehran is well suited to export electricity to India, the Iranian energy minister said.

Game Over for the Climate

James Hansen / New York Times

The science of the situation is clear — it’s time for the politics to follow. This is a plan that can unify conservatives and liberals, environmentalists and business. Every major national science academy in the world has reported that global warming is real, caused mostly by humans, and requires urgent action. The cost of acting goes far higher the longer we wait — we can’t wait any longer to avoid the worst and be judged immoral by coming generations.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

 ASP event: A Conversation with Walter Pincus: Nukes, Missiles, and the Truth

 

Wallin: The Challenge of Chinese Soft Power

Much ado has been made about burgeoning Chinese soft power, and how China is increasing its public diplomacy and extending its soft power reach. From expanding the number of Confucius Institutes around the world, to a growing international broadcasting effort, China has been actively working to wield more signficant soft power influence.

Holland: The Threats of Climate Change to Security Deserve Study

A Washington Times Editorial simply goes too far in attacking climate science over a statement made by Secretary of Defense Panetta.

Gold: Is There Light at the End of the Nuclear Tunnel?

Over the past two weeks there have been a series of amazing and promising developments with the Iranian nuclear program and its situation. Beginning with the P5+1-Iran meeting two weeks ago, the American view on Iran’s intractability for dealing with its nuclear program has begun to soften. But it is not clear yet whether or not these negotiations that will take place on the 23rd will do much to achieve a peaceful resolution to this issue.

ASP Reports and Media

ASP Podcast: Afghanistan

In the podcast we discuss the Afghan conflict, the implications of the SPA, and what next for Afghanistan and its people.

ASP is joined by Joshua Partlow from the Washington Post, in a personal capacity. He spent over 3 years covering Afghanistan as the bureau chief in Kabul, and before that was in Iraq.

The War on Terror: One Year On

One year ago, Osama bin Laden was killed in a daring nighttime raid by Navy SEALs on his compound in a small military garrison town in Pakistan. Since then, how has the war on terror changed? Should we be looking at it more critically than we are? In this essay collection, we examine the war on terror from several angles not often found in the popular discourse.

About the American Security Project: The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.

For more information, visit www.americansecurityproject.org. info@americansecurityproject.org

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