This morning between 6:31 a.m. to 6:41 a.m. (local time in South Korea) North Korea fired two missiles into the East Sea from the western port city of Nampo. According to the South Korean ministry of national defense, the missiles are presumed to be Scud-C because of their range, which was estimated to be 490 kilometers (304 miles).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on March 3. The speech, orchestrated by Netanyahu and Speaker of the House John Boehner, is part of a last-ditch effort to undermine a potential framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program expected in late March. It also comes two weeks before Israel’s March 17 elections.
Recent video messages released by the African terrorist groups Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram offer new insights into their strategic use of communications technology to appeal for new recruits and frighten the general public.
On January 26, former Colombian president Andrés Pastrana called for change in Venezuela, warning of an imminent human rights crisis under the government of President Nicolás Maduro. In response, Maduro’s administration sidestepped the human rights issues, hinting that Pastrana’s remarks could endanger the two countries’ long and complicated bilateral relationship.
On Sunday, January 18, Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot dead in his Buenos Aires apartment. His death came just hours before he was scheduled to deliver testimony before a congressional commission on new evidence he allegedly uncovered linking top Argentine officials to a series of covert negotiations with Iran in recent years.
On January 13, the European Commission released a report on its public consultation about investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. The consultation was conducted online over a period of 15 weeks (March-July 2014), during which the Commission received nearly 150,000 submissions.
Last year, Boko Haram brazenly kidnapped 276 teenage girls from their school in the middle of the night, prompting international outrage and bringing the dangers of Boko Haram further to the fore of international security conversations. At least 200 of the girls remain missing, feared trafficked or sold into sex slavery.
While much of the domestic and foreign analytical focus has been on the president’s State of the Union address, you may have a missed a White House Executive Order (E.O.)  released today, which creates a new mechanism to coordinate U.S. Arctic policy.