Brexit: Theresa May triggers Article 50 process of leaving EU
The UK is officially on its way out of the European Union after 44 years. Prime Minister Theresa May has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty starting a two year countdown to the UK’s exit.
The Philippine president is pushing for power ‘fueled by the barrel of the gun’
Karl Malakunas / AFP
Three turbulent decades after the Philippines shed dictatorship, President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a return to authoritarian rule as a solution to all the problems democracy has failed to fix.
American Security and the Oceans
Ben Westcott / CNN
Dozens of aircraft hangars and high-end radar capabilities on China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea are almost operational, according to new satellite imagery released by a US-based think tank.
Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque
Isabel Coles, John Davison / Reuters
Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq’s second city, military commanders said.
Engineers repair Syria’s Tabqa dam spillways after shelling
Rodi Said / Reuters
Spillways at the Tabqa Dam in Syria are working normally after engineers managed to carry out repairs, a local alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias said on Wednesday, despite shelling by Islamic State that temporarily halted their work.
Somalia’s Drought Once Again Has Thousands on the Move
Voice of America
Tears fill Sahra Muse’s eyes as she stares at her severely malnourished son, his thin arms crossed over his bloated stomach.
China is calling on the US to honor climate commitments after Trump moved to roll back Obama-era regulations
China on Wednesday called on the US to honor its commitments to tackle climate change, after President Donald Trump moved to roll back American emissions targets set by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Ben Blanchard, Alister Doyle / Reuters
Nations led by China and the European Union rallied around a global plan to slow climate change on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump began undoing Obama-era plans for deep cuts in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Bloomberg
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is kick-starting a process that could lead to companies paying higher royalties for oil, gas and other energy resources they extract from federal land.
Daimler accelerates electric car program
Ilona Wissenbach, Edward Taylor / Reuters
Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is accelerating its electric car program, it said on Wednesday after announcing that it had failed to cut fleet emissions in Europe for the first time since 2007.
National Security Strategy
James Pearson, Rozanna Latiff, Tom Allard / Reuters
Malaysia briefly prevented a North Korean ship carrying coal from entering its port in Penang because of a suspected breach of United Nations sanctions, a port worker and Malaysian maritime officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
U.S. envoy to U.N.: Syria’s Assad ‘hindrance to moving forward’
Michelle Nichols / Reuters
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is a “big hindrance in trying to move forward” to find an end to the country’s six-year conflict.
Bangladesh Bank heist was ‘state-sponsored’: U.S. official
Karen Lema / Reuters
The heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was “state-sponsored,” an FBI officer in the Philippines, who has been involved in the investigations, said on Wednesday.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Since the Arab Spring and the end of Qaddafi’s rule, Libya has failed to establish a government with complete control over the country’s territory. The country has become a patchwork of rival governments, militias, and terrorist groups in constant competition with one another for international recognition, political support, and Libya’s rich energy supplies.
According to a White House press release, the 45th American president and the Deputy Crown Prince “reaffirmed their support for a strong, broad, and enduring strategic partnership based on a shared interest and commitment to the stability and prosperity of the Middle East region” and agreed “to deepen commercial ties and promote investment, and to expand cooperation in the energy sector.
American Security Project
The American Security Project does not support the recent Executive Order, “Energy Independence” and calls on the new administration to protect our national security by effectively addressing climate change.
What’s Next? with Dr. Joel Hellman
On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?”, Maggie Feldman-Piltch is joined by Dr. Joel Hellman, Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. They discuss the intersection of development and security in post-conflict environments and the need to rethink development in these areas that account for a large share of the world’s poor.
American Security Project-led Delegation of Retired Admirals and Generals Embarks on Historic Trip to Cuba
On March 14 an American Security Project-led delegation departed on a four day fact-finding trip to Havana, Cuba. The delegation included retired flag officers from across the services and was recognized by the Cuban government as a historic continuation of US-Cuba relations.
Potential for Climate Change to Intensify Terrorist Activity in Trinidad and Tobago
The impacts of climate change have the potential to enhance the success of ISIL and other terrorist recruitment efforts both now and in the future by exacerbating stressful conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.