The Evening CSIS: Istanbul Attack, Three Amigos, Dixie Chicken & More
June 29, 2016
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Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey’s crucial tourism industry. The Turkish government blamed the attack on ISIS, as Reuters reports.
The Wall Street Journal’s Robert Wall reports today that the terrorist attack on Ataturk Airport highlights one of commercial aviation’s greatest vulnerabilities: the so-called landside spaces where people gather before and after flights.
And the New York Times’ Justin Sablich’s “Is Istanbul Safe? What Travelers Should Know” is an important read.
CFR today hosted a “Conversation with CIA Director John Brennan,” which can be viewed On Demand.
And, the Wilson Center’s Henri Barkey today authored an op-ed for CNN.com: “ Who is behind Istanbul attack? ”
The Three Amigos
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada welcomed President Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico today for a North American Leaders Summit, the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin reports, “As the EU falls apart, North American leaders seek unity in Ottawa.”
Today, the leaders announced a wide-ranging North America clean energy partnership and pushed back on calls for walling off their nations from free trade, as the AP’s Kevin Freking and Rob Gilles report from Ottawa.
And, Reuters’ Roberta Rampton and David Ljunggren report from Ottawa that Canada, the US, and Mexico vowed to deepen their economic ties, pushing back against anti-free-trade sentiment that has shifted political debate in the US and Europe.
CSIS’s Christopher Sands today penned a new CSIS Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked & answered short papers) on the summit.
New CSIS Reports
CSIS’s International Security Program and Europe Program today released a pair of reports: Landing Together: Pacific Amphibious Development and Implications for the US Fleet and Evaluating Future U.S. Army Force Posture in Europe: Phase II Report.
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CSIS’s Sara Allinder today authored a new commentary: “End of AIDS Requires Addressing LGBTI Safety.”
In That Number
About 300 airstrikes against the ISIS oil network in Iraq and Syria during the last two years have cut the terrorist group’s revenue by at least half, a US military spokesman said today.
Source: Stars and Stripes.
" “The horrific attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport underlines Turkey’s growing vulnerability to terrorism. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim identified ISIS “as the perpetrators” and it seems clear that the group has increasingly focused on targets in Turkey as it has come under increasing military pressure in Syria and Iraq.” "
— CSIS’s Bulent Aliriza on yesterday’s bombing in Turkey.
One to Watch
Roula Khalaf of the FT, who today writes that “Young people feel betrayed by Brexit but gave up their voice.” Photo credit: @khalafroula
Inside the Istanbul airport today, amid bullet holes and debris. (Photo by Richard Engel.)
Facebook announced today that they are altering their news feed to prioritize posts from friends and family—a move that will surely affect the way news organizations reach their audience, as Recode reports.
CSIS’s Europe Program and International Security Program hosted “To the Warsaw NATO Summit and Beyond: The Value of U.S. Alliances in the 21st Century” with a keynote address by Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken.
And CSIS’s International Security Program hosted “Landing Together: Pacific Amphibious Development and Implications for the U.S. Fleet.”
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Atlantic Council tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. for “A Conversation with Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Ukraine’s Reforms and What Needs to Be Done.”
CSIS On Demand
Yesterday, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted “IEA’s Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2016,” which provided detailed analysis and five-year projections of natural gas demand, supply, and trade development.
The latest episode of CSIS’s On Violent Extremism features Dr. Fatima Akilu of the NEEM Foundation, who discusses her role as the founder of the Nigerian government’s deradicalization program for former members of Boko Haram.
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