A LOOK AHEAD

Global Security Newswire Staff
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 16, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

What’s next on non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al se­cur­ity, in Wash­ing­ton and around the globe.

— Au­gust 17: The Pro­lif­er­a­tion Se­cur­ity Ini­ti­at­ive’s PANAMAX 2013 ex­er­cise wraps up. The mul­tina­tion­al drill fo­cuses on de­fend­ing the Panama Canal and im­ple­ment­ing the PSI man­date to in­ter­dict and pre­vent the il­leg­al traf­fick­ing in weapons of mass de­struc­tion. As the an­nu­al ex­er­cise marks its first dec­ade, Panama re­cently stopped a ship­ment of So­viet-vin­tage jets, mis­sile-con­trol vehicles and oth­er Cuban mil­it­ary equip­ment be­ing trans­por­ted through the canal — amid 100,000 tons of sug­ar — en route to North Korea. Havana au­thor­it­ies say the gear was be­ing shipped to Py­ongy­ang for re­pair and even­tu­al re­turn to the Carib­bean is­land, des­pite the im­pos­i­tion of sanc­tions against North Korea that would bar such trans­fers.

— Au­gust 19: U.S. Sen­at­or Mitch Mc­Con­nell (R-Ky.), his cham­ber’s minor­ity lead­er, will tour the Chem­ic­al Agent-De­struc­tion Pi­lot Plant at the Blue Grass Army De­pot in his home state. Once con­struc­tion is com­plete, the fa­cil­ity is ex­pec­ted to of­fer a state-of-the-art cap­ab­il­ity to safely “neut­ral­ize” the 523 tons of leth­al nerve and blister agents stored at Blue Grass, along with a vari­ety of as­so­ci­ated mu­ni­tions. The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment last month began fur­lough­ing fire­fight­ers at the base, due to budget se­quest­ra­tion, which triggered warn­ings of po­ten­tially dire safety risks. Good thing, then, that “safety is of para­mount im­port­ance” at the Army de­pot’s con­struc­tion area, ac­cord­ing to guid­ance is­sued to re­port­ers who will ac­com­pany Mc­Con­nell, and that “flame-pro­du­cing devices (such as matches or ci­gar­ette-light­ers) may not be brought onto the site.”

— Au­gust 19-Au­gust 30: The United Na­tions-sponsored “open-ended work­ing group” on nuc­le­ar dis­arm­a­ment meets at the Pal­ais des Na­tions in Geneva, Switzer­land, for its third and fi­nal ses­sion of this year. Chaired by Manuel Dengo, Costa Rica’s en­voy to U.N. of­fice in Geneva, the group is to de­vel­op pro­pos­als for in­ter­na­tion­al ne­go­ti­ations on the glob­al ab­ol­i­tion of atom­ic weapons and the main­ten­ance of a nuc­le­ar-free world.

— Au­gust 20: The Found­a­tion for De­fense of Demo­cra­cies is hold­ing a Wash­ing­ton dis­cus­sion on “Al-Qaida and its Af­fil­i­ates: On Life Sup­port or an Im­min­ent Threat?” Speak­ers in­clude three journ­al­ists and is­sue ex­perts, who will ex­plore wheth­er the killing of Osama bin Laden more than two years ago has weakened al-Qaida — or if, in­stead, in­stabil­ity from Ir­aq to Syr­ia to Ye­men and bey­ond has bolstered the ter­ror­ist or­gan­iz­a­tion.

— Au­gust 22: As part of its “Cross-Straits Series,” the At­lantic Coun­cil is host­ing a dis­cus­sion called “The Com­ing Asi­an Arms Race?” The Wash­ing­ton event will fea­ture Ely Rat­ner, the Cen­ter for a New Amer­ic­an Se­cur­ity’s Asia-Pa­cific Se­cur­ity Pro­gram deputy dir­ect­or, and Ran­dall Schriver, pres­id­ent and chief ex­ec­ut­ive of­ficer of the Pro­ject 2049 In­sti­tute, ex­plor­ing mount­ing de­fense spend­ing in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, in­creased mil­it­ary activ­ity by Ja­pan and the pos­sib­il­ity of as­so­ci­ated ten­sions between China and Taiwan, North and South Korea, and oth­er neigh­bor­ing com­pet­it­ors.

What We're Following See More »
LEAKER SHOULD STILL STAND TRIAL
Holder: Snowden Performed a Public Service
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said that NSA leaker Edward Snowden "actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made" by releasing information about government surveillance. Holder, a guest on David Axelrod's "Axe Files" podcast, also said Snowden endangered American interests and should face consequences for his actions. 

Source:
LOOKING FOR A CALIFORNIA COMEBACK
Bernie Hits Game 7
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

Sen. Bernie Sanders, needing an improbable comeback to take the nomination from Hillary Clinton, showed up to the Warriors' Game 7 in Oakland during a break in California campaigning. "Let's turn this thing around," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's Joe Garofoli.

Source:
BACKING OUT ON BERNIE
Trump Won’t Debate Sanders After All
3 days ago
THE LATEST

Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

AKNOWLEDGING THE INEVITABLE
UAW: Time to Unite Behind Hillary
4 days ago
THE DETAILS

"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.

Source:
AP KEEPING COUNT
Trump Clinches Enough Delegates for the Nomination
4 days ago
THE LATEST

"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."

Source:
×