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Last year was a busy year for ASP, exploring the issues of climate security, next generation energy and investment, the links between a strong economy and enhanced national security, chemical weapons, as well as the vital U.S. and Egypt strategic relationship.

This reports collects together the top ten blog posts on ASP website in 2013, we hope you find them interesting and useful.

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We all watched with great apprehension the stalemate over the budget, national debt, and the Affordable Care Act these past weeks. The anecdotes of impact were everywhere, from closed national monuments to denied child care. But what was not so prominent in the news was the impact to our reputation and business overseas, and, ultimately, American Competitiveness. Read more about that in this edition of ASQ

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Though initiated with a great deal of foreign assistance, Iran is increasingly capable of developing and improving its own ballistic missile technology. This fact sheet provides a useful inventory of the ballistic missiles and space delivery vehicles that the Islamic Republic of Iran deploys and has developed.

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“A nuclear weapon is more likely to arrive in a shipping container than on a missile” Graham Allison. Costs and international disputes make it difficult to achieve 100 percent nuclear and radiological scanning of inbound U.S. cargo containers. This fact sheet describes the challenges we face and some key ways we can mitigate the risk.

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In February 2011 the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty entered into force. The Treaty was ratified by the U.S. Senate in December 2010 based on the widespread bipartisan consensus that the treaty was in the U.S.’ national security interests. This update of our June 2012 fact sheet lays out the security benefits of New START, showing that the treaty is in our national security interests today, just as it was in 2010.

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Iran’s nuclear facilities pose several unique challenges. Many of the facilities are under IAEA inspections, which contribute significantly to our understanding of Iran’s nuclear progress. However, Iran’s refusal to take steps to increase transparency remains a serious concern.
Understanding the details of Iran’s nuclear program, from basic location and capabilities to tactical considerations, is key to the ongoing debate over policy options.