The Evening CSIS April 1 2015
April 1, 2015
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President Obama today signed an executive order establishing the first-ever sanctions program that allows the Treasury Department to impose financially punitive sanctions against cyber hackers who pose a significant threat to national security. The Washington Post’s excellent cyber security reporter Ellen Nakashima has this report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’ Strategic Technologies program has created an interactive “Cyber Incident Timeline” which details the successful attacks on government agencies, defense and high tech companies, or economic crimes with losses of more than a million dollars, since 2006.
CSIS’ Denise Zheng and James Andrew Lewis published a mid-Marchreport Cyber Threat Information Sharing: Recommendations for Congress and the Administration.
Today Zheng and Lewis hosted an event at CSIS on cyber threat information sharing featuring a keynote address by Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel which can be viewed here On Demand.
The White House has provided a “Fact Sheet” regarding the executive order.
Great Wall of Sand
China is building a “Great Wall of Sand” through aggressive land reclamation projects in the South China Sea, drawing the concern of senior US military officials as Simon Denyer of the Washington Post reported today using photographs provided by CSIS’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI).
And yesterday, Jeremy Page of the Wall Street Journal reported that “Washington is divided over whether Beijing should be viewed as naval partner or potential adversary” again utilizing photographs and analysis provided by CSIS’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.
Dive Deeper: The key source of the above-cited newspaper articles is CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), an interactive, regularly-updated source and web magazine for information, analysis, and policy exchange on maritime security issues in Asia. The latest issue of AMTI released today (Issue #11) focuses on the evolving role of coast guards in maritime Asia.
Visit the AMTI interactive microsite.
Meet the New Boss
Nigeria has elected a new president Muhammadu Buhari, who today told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he plans to aggressively fight corruption and the terrorist group Boko Haram who has plagued the Africa’s most populated nation of 174 million.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’ Jennifer Cooke served as an election monitor in Nigeria and today issued this commentary.
CFR’s John Campbell writes today about the challenges Buhari faces.
In that Number
Number of aircraft deployed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia, the largest of the coalition which also includes UAE with 30 aircraft deployed; Kuwait, 15; Qatar, 10; Bahrain, 8-12; Morocco, 6; Jordan, 6 and Sudan with 3.
Source : Aviation Week
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: Is Congress likely to torpedo any agreement that comes out of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Switzerland?
Answered: Jon Alterman, Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program: Congress is likely to signal its disappointment with any agreement, and members on both sides of the aisle are likely to argue that whatever agreement has been reached should be improved before a “final” negotiating deadline of June 30.
The current negotiating momentum, which seems to be leaning toward a statement of some progress with limited particulars, will leave much to criticize. Congress is unlikely, though, to block an agreement before it is reached. Even if one is reached later in the year, Congress is much more likely to voice its disapproval loudly than block implementation.
In part, Congress doesn’t have many tools at its disposal to interfere with executive agreements. In part, too, members of Congress would not want to own an Iran policy that had the agreement of the P5+1 but not of Congress. Under such a scenario, the international sanctions regime would surely come under strain and would leave the United States with few good options. Republicans in particular would see advantage in hoping a Republican president in 2017 could set a new course on Iran policy, and preserving presidential options and sustaining a modicum of international support makes good sense in that event.
One to Watch
As President and CEO of the Washington based NGO Internews ( https://www.internews.org), Jeanne Bourgault ( @InternewsJeanne) leads an organization whose mission is to empower local media globally in some of the world’s most challenging places. Last week Jeanne testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee on the need to engage more women around the world in media and information.
Looking into the eye of the storm, two astronauts have captured these earth-altering images of Super Typhoon Maysak hitting winds of 160 miles per hour over the Pacific. Follow@AstroSamantha and @AstroTerry for more.
Terrific blog by the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor on “Why it’s so difficult to reach a nuclear deal with Iran."
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
CSIS hosted Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson for a discussion on the US Army’s vision for the role of landpower and innovation in future operations.
CSIS also hosted an all-star panel of cyber experts on information sharing and improving cybersecurity for government and business without putting the privacy of individuals at risk. Watch Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, National Security Council discuss his goal to “kill the password” here.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ tomorrow.
CSIS will host top energy analysts for a conference on the latest developments in the crude oil export and refining debate. Join us at 9:00am.
Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join CSIS for an under-addressed and important discussion on “Culture Change at the Peace Corps - Empowering Volunteers to Report Sexual Assault.” RSVP or tune in live at 10:00am.
Joe Nye, CSIS Trustee and former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, will join CSIS for the launch of his new bookIs the American Century Over? Come hear Nye argue that it’s far from over, and what the US must do to retain the lead; reception starts at 5:00pm.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States will speak at the Wilson Center on “Iraq: Now and After ISIS.” Click here for more.
CSIS on Demand
With the US restoring military aid to Egypt, watch former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy discuss his country’s role in the Middle East.
NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Afghanistan on a women’s mountain climbing team that highlights the struggles and opportunities facing women in the country; listen to “The Ascent of Afghan Women” here.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
According to the terrific website “Cult of Mac,” a site that follows all things Apple, the New York Times says it’s inventing a new form of storytelling customized for the Apple Watch. The Times will provide single-sentence stories to be consumed with just a glance at the wrist.
As a recovering broadcast journalist I can tell you that a great deal of work goes on off-camera to make everything as close to perfect as it can be on-camera for the people who present the news live. No one knows this better than our friends across the pond at the BBC who pulled a classic Monty Python-style April Fool’s Day prank in 1989.
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