The Evening CSIS: Russian Bombs, Secret Document, Rosalita & More
September 30, 2016
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Russia Sending More Warplanes
Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to further ramp up its campaign of air strikes, a Russian newspaper reported today, as Moscow defied global censure over an escalation that Western countries say has torpedoed diplomacy. And as Reuters reports, in a statement issued by the White House after the two leaders spoke by telephone, President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the Russian and Syrian bombing of Aleppo as "barbarous."
Dive Deeper: CFR’s Daily Brief today discusses Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that the US is “on the verge” of ending talks on Syria with Russia following the intensified bombing campaign.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte cited Adolf Hitler today in remarks about his war on drugs, as the New York Times’s Felipe Villamor reports.
Jewish leaders responded angrily as the BBC reports.
The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of UN sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol Lee report.
TTIP Back on Track
Trade negotiators will meet in New York next week to search for common ground on the controversial EU-US trade deal, which has been buffeted by strong opposition on both sides of the Atlantic, as The Guardian’s Jennifer Rankin reports.
Dive Deeper: Don’t miss CSIS’s new micro website “Trade Vistas,” a site designed to provide a fact-based context in which to understand the broader trade debate.
The Bezos Effect
In our new episode of Bob Schieffer’s “About the News,” we talk to Media Nation blogging guru Dan Kennedy about the future of newspapers and the technology that is changing the media landscape. Kennedy, a professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism and author of The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age, discusses his often cited analysis of how the Washington Post is being run by its new owner Jeff Bezos and how the paper has been transformed into a model media and technology company. Dan and Bob Schieffer first met last spring at the Harvard Kennedy School, where Kennedy was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow and Bob was the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow. Listen here or on iTunes.
In That Number
The cost of a temporary base for surveillance drones in Agadez, central Niger, that the US military is building to help the country combat militants and protect its borders. Source: Reuters.
"I think OPEC wants to reestablish some idea that they play a role in the market and, in that sense, they accomplish that goal when prices move with their announcements. How long that can or will last is another question and one based a great deal more on longer term fundamentals."
— CSIS's Sarah Ladislaw on OPEC's decision to cut production for the first time in eight years. Source: Washington Post.
One to Watch
Scott Miller (center) is the Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS. As the trade debate heats up, Scott is certainly one to watch. Also, check out his newly launched site on all things trade policy: tradevistas.csis.org.
(Photo Credit: Abir Sultan/Pool/Getty Images.)
President Obama touches the coffin of Shimon Peres after delivering his eulogy during the funeral at Mount Herzl Cemetery today in Jerusalem.
The Economist weighs in today on the troubles at Deutsche Bank.
Join CSIS's International Security Program and the United States Naval Institute (USNI) at 10:00 a.m. for a Maritime Security Dialogue with Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations.
This Town Monday
Join Brookings at 10:30 a.m. for "Charting A Way Forward In Afghanistan."
And join the Wilson Center at 2:00 p.m. for "Regulating Environment And Safety In Mexico’s New Energy Sector: A Conversation With Carlos De Regules." De Regules is the executive director for the National Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment (ASEA).
CSIS On Demand
Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. spoke at CSIS in September to discuss Philippine foreign policy under President Rodrigo Duterte. Watch on demand here.
CogitAsia released a new podcast, "Transnational Security in Asia," featuring Thomas Sanderson, director of the CSIS Transnational Threats Program.
I Like It Like That
“Media Nation,” a fantastic blog by Northeastern University Journalism School professor Dan Kennedy. This week, Dan blogs about the podcast he did with Bob Schieffer and me on “The Bezos Effect and the future of Newspapers.”
I confess, I can’t stop listening to Bruce Springsteen. For me, if I was forced to only listen to a few artists for the rest of my existence it would go something like this: Stones, Neville Bros, Dylan, The Band, Robert Johnson, Lucinda, Van the man and The Boss. There are a few more but you get the idea.
When Springsteen’s new autobiography “Born to Run” came out a couple of weeks ago to Kerouacian reviews it sent me on a tear.
I’ve been contemplating Springsteen since I was a kid. At first, I refused to accept Springsteen’s music because the older girls on my swim team were all in love with him. In my 12 year-old mind, The Boss was getting in the way of my crushes!
“He just mumbles,” I would tell Jackie, Teri et al. They just laughed and teased me about my disdain for The Boss. “You’ll see,” they said.
Of course, they were right. And when I started to listen I realized what I had been missing. And I haven’t missed out since. What better way to roll into the weekend?
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