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Trump administration weighs deeper involvement in Yemen war
Karen DeYoung, Missy Ryan / Washington Post
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked the White House to lift Obama-era restrictions on U.S. military support for Persian Gulf states engaged in a protracted civil war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to senior Trump administration officials.

Russia opposition leader Navalny jailed
BBC
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday. Mr. Navalny was one of at least 500 people who were detained after the protests.

 

American Competitiveness & Economic Diplomacy


China Southern in talks over American Airlines tie-up
Brenda Goh / Reuters
China Southern Airlines is in talks over a tie-up with American Airlines that could involve the U.S. carrier taking a stake in the state-owned airline, boosting routes between the world’s two largest travel markets.

 


Asymmetric Operations


Syria fighters take control of IS-held airbase near Raqqa
BBC
A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has taken control of an Islamic State-held airbase west of the jihadist group’s stronghold of Raqqa.

 

American Security & The Oceans


Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
Christopher Bodeen / ABC News
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves.

 


Climate Security


Climate change: ‘human fingerprint’ found on global extreme weather

Damian Carrington / The Guardian
The fingerprint of human-caused climate change has been found on heatwaves, droughts and floods across the world, according to scientists. The discovery indicates that the impacts of global warming are already being felt by society and adds further urgency to the need to cut carbon emissions. A key factor is the fast-melting Arctic, which is now strongly linked to extreme weather across Europe, Asia and North America.

 

Energy Security


As Extra-Large Nuclear Projects Struggle, Nimble Creators Devise New Approaches
Rod Adams / Forbes
Last week, Senator Lisa Murkowski and her staff played host to some of the leading thinkers in the growing community of people who believe that nuclear energy is too important to fail without trying to do things both differently and better.

 


Fusion Energy


SIMIC concludes production of its share of radial plates for ITER Toroidal Field coils
Fusion for Energy
It is early in the morning and an impressive metallic component is carefully wrapped and ready to leave for the port of Marghera, near Venice, in order to de delivered to La Spezia, near Genoa. Due to its large size (13 x 9 m) and heavy weigh, close to 10 T, it will travel by sea to reach the facility where F4E is manufacturing Europe’s Toroidal Field coils.

 


National Security Strategy


Hong Kong Democracy Advocates Face Charges Over 2014 Protests
Alan Wong / New York Times
Several organizers of the 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong said they were notifed by the police on Monday that they would face criminal charges, raising concerns over a broader crackdown more than two years after the demonstrations for freer elections swept the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

Carrie Lam elected Hong Kong’s new chief executive
Al Jazeera
Hong Kong’s electoral committee has chosen Beijing-backed Carrie Lam as the city’s next chief executive.

Chinese state companies are eyeing the Panama Canal for their next big projects
Business Insider
Chinese state firms have expressed an interest to develop land around the Panama Canal, the chief executive of the vital trade thoroughfare said, underlining China’s outward push into infrastructure via railways and ports around the world.

 


U.S. – Russia Relationship


Kremlin rejects U.S., EU calls to free detained opposition protesters
Andrew Osborn / Reuters
The Kremlin on Monday rejected calls by the United States and the European Union to release opposition protesters detained during what it said were illegal demonstrations the previous day and accused organizers of paying teenagers to attend.

 

On Our Flashpoint Blog

What’s Next? with Dr. Joel Hellman
Maggie Feldman-Piltch
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

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

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

Katherine Weingartner

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.

Retired Officers & Veterans Urge Senators to Vote Against Roll Back of Methane Regulations

Esther Babson

Over 2,000 military veterans, including four U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps generals, signed onto a letter urging Senators to vote against the roll back of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste and Prevention Rule. The rule is designed to curb methane emissions on public lands.
Understanding the Indian Election Results
Ricky Ghandi
Thursday, March 9, saw the conclusion of five of India’s Legislative Assembly elections. The resulting landslide by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stems from the PM’s extreme popularity.

ASP’s BGen. Cheney & LtGen. Seip on Renewables & National Security

Esther Babson
ASP’s CEO BGen. Stephen Cheney and ASP Board Member LtGen. Norm Seip wrote an op-ed in the Virginian-Pilot titled, Norm Seip & Stephen Cheney: Protect national security and create jobs, explaining how renewable energy saves taxpayers money, creates jobs for veterans, and protects our national security.

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