The Evening CSIS: ISIS Spokesman Killed, G20 Preps, Higher Ground & More
August 30, 2016
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ISIS Spokesman Reported Killed
ISIS’s spokesman and overseer of external terrorist operations, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, was killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo, ISIS said today, as Reuters reports .
Dive Deeper: Brookings’ William McCants essay, “The Believer,” is a smart chronicle of ISIS leadership.
China is eager to show the world that it is an equal partner in one of the most exclusive clubs of wealthy nations as it prepares to host the G20 this weekend in Hangzhou, as the New York Times’ Jane Perlez and Yufan Huang report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS today hosted a press briefing on President Obama’s September 2-9 trip to China and Laos for the G20 Summit, US-ASEAN Summit, and the East Asia Summit. The transcript is available for download here.
Et Tu, Emmanuel?
France’s pro-business economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, resigned today from the Socialist government, clearing a path for him to possibly challenge an embattled President François Hollande in elections next year, as the Financial Times' Anne-Sylvaine Chassany reports.
In That Number
The number of people that have vanished in Syria since the conflict began in 2011. Source: White House.
“As members of Congress weigh their position on TPP ratification, they should ask themselves whether U.S. interests—not just specific economic interests but also broader foreign policy objectives—are well served by strong labor rights around the world, an open and unified digital marketplace, and constraints on government involvement in the market. They should ask the same question about disciplines on intellectual property protection, regulatory transparency, and trade in services. I assume the answer will be yes: these are all critical to our prosperity and broader interests.”
— CSIS’s Matthew P. Goodman on the strategic economic case for TPP. Source: Global Economics Monthly: Yes, TPP Is About Who Writes The Rules.
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Jay-solomon.com.)
Jay Solomon (@WSJSolomon) is launching his new book The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and The Secret Deals That Reshaped The Middle East tonight at CSIS. You can tune in live here or watch the event on demand. Jay is the Wall Street Journal’s chief foreign affairs correspondent.
(Photo Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.)
The Washington Monument is seen in the background as construction continues on the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture today in Washington.
“The Race for a Zika Vaccine” by The New Yorker’s Siddhartha Mukherjee.
CSIS hosted the launch of Jay Solomon’s new book, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Heritage Foundation at 11:00 a.m. for “2017 Global Agenda For Economic Freedom.”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS hosted “China and the G20” featuring Wally O. Adeyemo, the White House’s deputy national security advisor for international economics in July. Watch on demand here.
ChinaPower released a new podcast today, “Gender Inequality in China: A Conversation with Leta Hong Fincher.” Leta Hong Fincher is an award-winning journalist and the author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China.
I Like It Like That
I received an email notice today that the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has moved into their new HQ around the corner from CSIS at 1789 Massachusetts Avenue. Congrats to AEI.
Yesterday I brought up the organization Playing for Change whose mission is to inspire and connect the world through music. I showed a little smile of an example of what they do with music and video in the form of a solo performance by Australia’s Genevieve Chadwick who covered a Van Morrison standard.
But what happens when Playing for Change goes global to produce a song featuring artists spanning four continents who all play the same tune? More smiles of course. Enjoy this sublime cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”
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