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That Kim Jong Un wants security guarantees before dismantling his nuclear deterrent should be of no surprise to anyone. However, any guarantee in North Korea’s eyes might come at too high a cost for the United States. From Kim’s view, he sees even a domestic threat to his power to be a ticket to intervention from abroad. Is the U.S. willing to guarantee against intervention in exchange for Kim’s nukes? -Matthew Wallin, ASP Fellow for Public Diplomacy


Key Reads

Putin: Kim Jong Un needs international security guarantees to give up nuclear arsenal
Amie Ferris-Rotman and Simon Denyer / The Washington Post
President Vladimir Putin emerged from his first summit with Kim Jong Un on Thursday to say that North Korea needs international security guarantees if it is going to give up its nuclear arsenal.

US Offers Japan Access to F-35 Code for New Stealth Fighter
Franz-Stefan Gady / The Diplomat
The U.S. government is willing to share at least a portion of the computer code used to operate the fifth-generation Lightning II F-35’s avionics and mission systems with Tokyo as part of Lockheed Martin’s pitch to co-develop a new stealth fighter with Tokyo, known as the F-3.


American Competitiveness

A US-China trade deal will not resolve all the tensions
Financial Times
Will a trade deal be reached between the US and China? At present, we cannot be sure.


American Security & the Oceans

Duterte raises PH concerns over South China Sea incursions with China’s Xi
Arianne Merez / ABS-CBN News
President Rodrigo Duterte raised Manila’s concerns over rising tensions in the West Philippine Sea during his bilateral meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Malacañang said Thursday.


Asymmetric Operations

Assad sends troops to confront Isis fighters regrouping in desert
Richard Spencer / The Times
The Assad regime is moving more troops to eastern Syria to confront an Islamic State revival after jihadists seized new territory for the first time since the fall of Baghuz.

Footage shows refugees hiding as Libyan militia attack detention centre
Diane Taylor / The Guardian
Young refugees held in a detention centre in Libya have described being shot at indiscriminately by militias advancing on Tripoli, in an attack that reportedly left at least two people dead and up to 20 injured.

ISIS’s Newest Recruiting Tool: Regional Languages
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic
When ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people, it did so, as one would expect, in Arabic and English. But it also issued statements in other languages—including Tamil.


Climate Security

In Florida, A New Governor Speaks The Words, “Climate Change”
Amy Green / WMFE
A ban in Florida on the words “climate change” appears to be ending.


Energy Security

Europe’s oil giants are getting the climate message. US companies not so much
Ivana Kottasová / CNN Business
The flurry of activity suggests that pressure applied by investors is having an effect in Europe. But activist shareholders face a much tougher task in the United States, where oil companies show little appetite for change.


National Security & Space

Russia Says U.S. Able to Carry Out ‘Space Strikes’
The Moscow Times
The United States is capable of attacking Russia from space, a senior Russian general said Wednesday.

Is China catching up to the United States in space?
R. Lincoln Hines / The Washington Post
April 24 is National Space Day in China — and the country has some celebrating to do. In January, the Chang’e 4 lunar probe landed on the far side of the moon, a successful demonstration of China’s increasingly sophisticated and ambitious space program.


National Security Strategy

Putin denies Russia is provoking Ukraine with rebel passports move
Holly Ellyatt / CNBC
Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended a provocative decision to grant Russian passports to disputed rebel-held regions in east Ukraine, saying he doesn’t see what the problem is.

NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program
Dustin Volz and Warren P. Strobel / The Wall Street Journal
The National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a surveillance program that collects information about U.S. phone calls and text messages, saying the logistical and legal burdens of keeping it outweigh its intelligence benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.


Nuclear Security

A Different Use For Artificial Intelligence In Nuclear Weapons Command And Control
Jaganath Sankaran / War On The Rocks
Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to change the way the United States and other nations operate their nuclear command and control.

The cost to the country of PM Modi’s nuclear ‘Diwali’
Jug Suraiya / The Times of India
In blatant vote-catching rhetoric aimed at his jingoistic constituency, PM Modi at a recent pre-election rally threatened Pakistan with a nuclear `Diwali’, by saying that India’s nuclear arsenal didn’t consist of festive fireworks.

Power Problems: China Wants to Control the North Korea Conundrum
Jacob Stokes / The National Interest
All parties to the negotiations with North Korea are trying to chart a path forward after the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi.


Public Diplomacy

Why the U.S. can’t retreat from the world
Tara D. Sonenshine / Newsday
We often think that international conflicts are not our business. Or we pretend that we have finished our work in Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan and should bring U.S. troops home. But in a second, we are reminded that nations are linked and that terrorism has no single home.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

The Pentagon Refuses to Disclose the Size of the Nuclear Arsenal – Where Is This Coming From?
Ottavia Credi
Last week, the Pentagon revealed its decision not to disclose the 2018 US nuclear stockpile number.

ASP Adjunct Fellow Dr. Randall Law interviewed by Univision News
Ottavia Credi
On Monday, April 22nd, ASP Adjunct Fellow Dr. Randall Law was interviewed by Univision News about the dreadful terrorist attacks that took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Happy Earth Day from the American Security Project
Andrew Holland
To celebrate Earth Day, ASP memorializes some of its most important work on climate change and national security. Read more on climate change and Earth Day

5 Reasons Why Low-Yield Nukes Are Not a Good Idea
Ottavia Credi
The current administration is planning on producing new low-yield nuclear weapons, to “match” those in the Russian stockpile. However, there are at least five reasons why these weapons should not be added to the US arsenal.

BrigGen. Cheney Shares His Expertise at the Climate Change and the Threats to Global—and National—Security Event in Maine
Nadia Cortez
At Colby College on March 14th, American Security Projects CEO Brig. Gen. Cheney expressed his concerns regarding the vulnerabilities of U.S. military infrastructure to extreme weather caused by climate change.

BrigGen. Cheney Explains the National Security Risks of Climate Change at the 6th Annual Climate Change and Resilience Symposium
Nadia Cortez
On April 12th, the Carolina Hazard Resilience Planners and Carolina Climate Change Scientists held the 6th Annual Climate Change and Resilience Symposium at the University of North Carolina.

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