The Evening CSIS: Mass Graves in Mosul, Blistering Message, America & More
November 8, 2016
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Mass Graves in Mosul
Iraqi authorities today began to identify bodies discovered in a mass grave in a village southeast of Mosul, as the United Nations said Islamic State militants had forced 1,500 families to retreat with them from the village into the city, as the Wall Street Journal reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman released a new report yesterday: The Uncertain Trends and Metrics of Terrorism in 2016.
Ahead of the US election, North Korea’s official mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency, issued a blistering message on Barack Obama’s eight years in power, denouncing White House policies in East Asia, as the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Korea Chair conducted a new study looking at whether there are patterns to North Korean behavior around US elections. The proposition they sought to test is whether there is truth to the narrative often found in the media and expert analysis that the North uses provocations to capture the attention of the United States. And if so, do the North Koreans have something in the works around today’s presidential election? You can see the results on CSIS’s interactive micro-website “Beyond Parallel.”
Plus, read a new CFR independent task force report, chaired by former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike Mullen and CSIS trustee and former US senator Sam Nunn, A Sharper Choice on North Korea.
Also, see Anthony Cordesman’s new report out today, Korean Missile Forces.
A top EU official today warned Turkey that its crackdown on political opponents and the media go against EU values and give the impression that it no longer wants to join the bloc, as the AP reports.
No Matter Who Wins
While the 2016 presidential election has been taking place, the world hasn’t stopped—accordingly, CSIS’s Colm Quinn (host of the CSIS Podcast) has recorded new podcasts that look around the world, region to region, to find out what awaits the next president. Episodes are available on the CSIS website and on iTunes.
And, check out our new “About the News” podcast. On the eve of the most unusual presidential election in recent memory, we spoke to Brian Stelter, the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” about the “plague of fake news that set out to trick people” and the “blizzard of misinformation” circulating before Election Day. The episode is available on the CSIS website and on iTunes.
In That Number
The number of female police officers that Nigeria is deploying to protect women in displaced persons camps following revelations of rampant sexual abuse and exploitation by government officials. Source: NPR .
“What confidence do we have that North Korea, for the right amount of cash, wouldn’t sell just about anything? The answer to that is: just about none. There’s just about nothing that they won’t sell.”
—CSIS’s Tom Karako on North Korea’s proclivity for proliferating dangerous weapons technologies. Source: CNBC.
One to Watch
Nina Easton ( @NinaEaston ) is Fortune’s Washington columnist and senior editor-at-large and a CSIS senior associate. Nina hosts CSIS’s Smart Women, Smart Power podcast; check out the latest episode, “Brexit, European Populism, and the Kremlin Playbook.”
(Photo Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images.)
Cab drivers take part in a protest to highlight congestion and air pollution today in London.
Anne Barnard’s piece for the New York Times: “My Journey Into Aleppo: Watching a Moonscape of War Turn Into a Functioning City.”
Join CSIS’s Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at 10:00 a.m. for the first sectoral event of the U.S.-India Innovation Forum, focused on Innovation in Healthcare.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Wilson Center at 3:00 p.m. for “Planet at the Crossroads: Insights from IUCN’s World Conservation Congress.”
And join Atlantic Council at 4:30 p.m. for “Corporate-Venture Investing in Aerospace & Defense.”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS’s International Security Program hosted “2016 U.S. Elections and the Future of U.S. Military Forces” in July to discuss the next president’s defense challenges.
CSIS's Energy Podcast Series released a new episode this week, "Climate Resilience: U.S. Preparedness and Global Impacts."
I Like It Like That
“Think Tank Digital” in the new issue of the Carnegie Reporter.
On the eve of the most unusual presidential election in recent memory, it’s good to step back, smile, and think about a remarkable guy whose music inspired Americans everywhere and for all time.
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