The Evening CSIS: CVE Commission Report, House Action, Hallelujah & More
November 15, 2016
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Commission on Countering Violent Extremism
CSIS’s Commission on Countering Violent Extremism, co-chaired by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Secretary of Defense and CSIS Trustee Leon Panetta, today issued its report. And as NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly reports, the Commission calls for a US-led strategy focusing on stopping radicalization before it happens and partnering with tech companies to fight extremism online.
Dive Deeper: The CSIS Commission report is available in an interactive, multi-media digital format.
European and NATO defense officials cautioned President-elect Donald Trump today about his warming relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that they welcome dialogue but that the United States should not abandon its allies in a bid for improved ties with Moscow, as the Washington Post’s Michael Birnbaum reports.
Plus, the New York Times reports that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today warned Trump to not try another reset with Putin.
Dive Deeper: The Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe is the most downloaded report published this year by CSIS. It’s a must read.
And, Chatham House’s Patricia Lewis today authored a new commentary: “Trump Leads US Security Policy Into Uncharted Territory."
US lawmakers passed bills today renewing sanctions on Iran for 10 years and imposing new sanctions on Syria, underscoring their determination to play a strong role in Middle East policy, as Reuters' Patricia Zengerle reports.
Dive Deeper: The Wilson Center’s discussion today: “What Does the World Expect of President-elect Donald Trump?”
In That Number
The number of cities in which German police launched sweeping raids early Tuesday targeting an Islamist missionary group on accusations that it recruits for the Islamic State. Source: Washington Post.
“In terms of future resources there’s probably more gas than oil, and climate policy impacts gas differently than oil. So, there’s a lot to be said for gas in the long run.”
— CSIS’s Edward Chow on long-term energy security. Source: Houston Chronicle.
One to Watch
Shannon Green (@Shannison) is the director of the CSIS Human Rights Initiative and oversaw the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The Commission released its findings in a new interactive report today, Turning Point: A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism.
(Photo Credit: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images.)
Clashes break out during a protest against the visit of Barack Obama today in Athens. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
“Gwen Ifill knew how powerful—and rare—it was for a woman of color to be so visible in media” via Vox’s Caroline Framke.
CSIS’s Human Rights Initiative hosted the public launch of Turning Point, a new report from the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism, which calls for a new comprehensive strategy to address the global scourge of violent extremism. The launch featured Tony Blair and Leon Panetta, cochairs of the Commission.
This Town Tomorrow
Tune in to CFR’s live webcast of “The State of Online Privacy in the United States” at 8:30 a.m.
Join the Atlantic Council at 9:00 a.m. for the report launch of The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses.
And join Brookings at 10:30 a.m. for “The Future of the West and Trans-Atlantic Relations.”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS’s Africa Program hosted “Religious Extremism in Africa” in August. Panelists discussed how religious communities, civil society, and the media can become empowered to address the issue and what implications this trend has for US policy in Africa.
Russian Roulette’s latest podcast examines the role Russia has played in the US elections and what it means for US-Russia relations.
I Like It Like That
Apple is reportedly releasing two versions of its 5.5-inch iPhone next year.
Thanks for the great notes about Leon Russell—especially from those of you who saw him perform with Joe Cocker and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour.
I’ve been struggling about how to write something about Leonard Cohen who also passed away last week at 82. Cohen was a giant of an artist. And like Bob Dylan, often is impossible to comprehend.
I do know this about Cohen—his 1984 song “Hallelujah” is one of the most oft performed songs in American musical history, as the Times’s Janet Maslin wrote.
Jeff Buckley’s cover of “Hallelujah” may be the most popular version of the song. But then again, there have been over 54 million views of this Cohen performance on YouTube.
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