The Evening CSIS: UK Attacked, Iran’s Inspections, Carol and More
March 22, 2017
It's Wednesday, March 22.
An attack outside Parliament traumatized London today in a confusing swirl of violence that left at least four people dead—including an assailant and police officer—injured 20 and prompted the hasty evacuation of the prime minister. The police said they were treating the attack as terrorism, which appeared to make it the most serious such assault in London since the deadly subway bombings more than a decade ago, as the New York Times’ Katrin Bennhold and Stephen Castle report.
The attack came on the anniversary of suicide bombings in Brussels that killed 32 people, along with three bombers. The violence raised fears that London, which had been largely spared as a target of recent terrorist attacks, has now joined cities like Paris, Brussels, and Berlin as targets of mass violence.
The Guardian has an indispensable live blog with a constant stream of the latest details regarding the attack.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s interactive comprehensive strategy for countering violent extremism.
Iran Inspections At Risk
The inspections regime put in place to closely monitor Iran’s nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the US and other nations contribute more money, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said today, as the AP reports.
Dive Deeper: The Washington Institute’s Mehdi Khalaji has a new commentary: “Khamenei’s Nowruz Nuances.”
Behind ISIS Lines
US aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind ISIS lines today to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time US forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria, as the AP’s Philip Issa and Robert Burns report.
Dive Deeper: See the Institute for the Study of War’s “America’s Way Ahead in Syria.”
In That Number
The anticipated cost of reconstructing Anbar province and Mosul, per a conversation between Iraq’s PM and Senator Lindsey Graham. Source: Reuters.
“The global space market is poised to grow significantly over the coming decade, and the U.S. government should position itself to support and reap the benefits of this growth. This will require some flexibility and perhaps new approaches for how the government buys space launch.”
—CSIS’s Todd Harrison, Andrew Hunter, Kaitlyn Johnson, Evan Linck, and Thomas Roberts authored a piece in Defense One today, “Space Is Booming. America’s Next Heavy-Lift Rocket Should Reflect That.”
Dive Deeper: Read the CSIS Aerospace Security Project’s latest report, Beyond the RD-180.
And watch “Space Security: Issues for the New U.S. Administration,” an event held at CSIS earlier today.
This interactive map shows global terrorist incidents from 2012 to 2015, found in Turning Point: A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, a report by the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images.)
A member of the public is treated by emergency services near Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament today in London.
“En garde: A marathon television debate marks the real start to France’s presidential campaign,” via the Economist.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Wilson Center at 2:00 p.m. for the 2017 Martti Ahtisaari Symposium on European Security and Global Perspectives.
And join GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs at 3:30 p.m. for “Russia-China Relations: Recent Trajectory, Implications, and Outlook.”
Earlier this week, the CSIS Task Force on Women’s and Family Health released its final report, Her Health, Her Lifetime, Our World: Unlocking the Potential of Adolescent Girls and Young Women. You can watch the event on demand here.
This week, ChinaPower debriefs the outcomes of Beijing’s “Two Sessions” meetings, an annual set of conferences for Chinese officials, lawmakers, and political advisers. You can listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.
Without Chuck Berry there would be no rock ‘n’ roll, period. Need evidence? Here’s a bit from some of Berry’s most famous disciples who imitated his guitar licks, attitude, swagger and covered a bunch of his best songs.