The Evening CSIS: Biden Talks Turkey, FBI Investigates Russia Hack of NYT, I Know You Rider & More
August 23, 2016
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Biden Talks Turkey
VP Biden will likely bring up US concerns about Turkey's crackdown on free speech and political opponents with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he visits Turkey on Wednesday, as USA Today’s Jessica Durando reports.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal’s Emre Peker reports on the fallout after last weekend’s wedding bombing which killed 54 people.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Bulent Aliriza today authored a commentary: "Biden Back in Turkey: Personal Diplomacy After the Coup Attempt."
Death in Helmand
A US service member was killed in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province today after his patrol triggered a roadside bomb. The blast also wounded another American and six Afghan soldiers. According to a statement released by the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, US troops were accompanying their Afghan counterparts near the province’s capital of Lashkar Gah when their unit came under attack, as The Washington Post’s Thomas Gibbons-Neff reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman calls for the US to conduct “a far more serious review of its strategy in Afghanistan” in a report published this week.
FBI Investigating Russian Hack of New York Times
Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter, as CNN reported this afternoon.
New Bob Schieffer's About the News Podcast
News anchor, field reporter, documentarian, producer and business woman, Soledad O’Brien does it all. One of the most entrepreneurial journalists of her generation, Soledad talks about her career, her craft, race in America and about what it’s like to interview people who contradict themselves on this episode of “About the News." And, WTOP, Washington’s top radio news has added "About the News" to its roster of excellent podcasts.
In That Number
The number of people that could be displaced around the Mosul area in Iraq due to an upcoming military offensive. Source: UN Refugee Agency.
“There is an interesting divergence, the Olympics are a benchmark of development in Asia. But in the West, they are becoming a post-modern phenomenon, almost like ‘revival games’ providing an opportunity to reinvigorate great cities.”
— CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha on Asia’s desire to host the Olympics, where the next three versions of the games will take place. Source: Forbes.
One to Watch
Jennifer Cooke (@jengcooke) is CSIS’s Africa program director and leads the center’s work on the continent. She’s one to watch for her on-the-ground research in West Africa – specifically looking at how Boko Haram’s violence has affected the region.
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Cooke.)
Children line up to enter the classroom in a school for orphans in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria. The school was established by a local lawyer to help victims of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Maiduguri has experienced a large influx of internally displaced persons in recent months as thousands flee Boko Haram violence in the country.
This photo was taken last week by CSIS Africa Program director Jennifer Cooke while visiting Maiduguri to research the humanitarian crisis Boko Haram has caused in the region.
Meet the Aleppo rescue team that saved the five-year-old boy in the now iconic photo.
Join CSIS’s International Security Program on Thursday, August 25, at 10:00 a.m. for “Innovation in the Defense Department with General Paul Selva.” The discussion will focus on the future of joint capabilities and military innovation.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Environmental Law Institute tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. for “Brexit and Environmental Law,” a discussion of Brexit’s potential impact on climate and energy.
CSIS On Demand
CSIS’s Africa Program hosted “Religious Extremism in Africa” in August to discuss the violent activities of Boko Haram.
CSIS’s CogitAsia released a new podcast today, “Sitrep on U.S.-Taiwan Relations.”
I Like It Like That
The top 25 memes of the web’s first 25 years.
“The sun will shine on my back door someday.”
Washington isn’t known for great weather—maybe it’s punishment for a lack of bipartisanship?
But every once in a while we get to experience brilliant sunshine without humidity. Today is one of those days when it feels “California” outside and nothing makes me smile more.
When I jumped in the pool early this morning for my master’s club swim, the sky was crystal clear and I could see both the sun and the moon. There was a tiny chill in the air and steam was rising off of the lap lanes from the cool blue water.
An hour later I came up for air smiling ear to ear and thinking about a soundtrack for this golden morning. “I Know You Rider” by the Grateful Dead captured it.
This groovy version by the band’s Further lineup filmed in Bob Weir’s Tri Studios captures the smile well.
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