The Evening CSIS April 14 2015
April 14, 2015
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Cuba Off Terror List
President Obama recommended today to Congress that the US remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, Felicia Schwartz of the Wall Street Journal reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Carl Meacham today published a new commentary, “US-Cuba Relations: It’s All About Momentum.”
WH deputy national security adviser for strategic communications & speechwriting Ben Rhodes (@rhodes44) tweeted today that “Put simply, POTUS is acting to remove #Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list because Cuba is not a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”
Russia Missile Sales To Iran
After Russia agreed to sell advanced missile air defense systems to Iran, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Russian president Vladimir Putin to express concern that sale would bolster Iran’s regional terror activities, Haaretz’s Barak Ravid reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Paul Schwartz published a new commentary today, “Russia, Iran, and the S-300 Air Defense System.”
Following a New York Times exclusive last week on CSIS/DigitalGlobe photos and analysis regarding China’s land reclamation projects in the South China Sea, the Times published an editorial Sunday, “Chinese Mischief at Mischief Reef.”
Dive Deeper: Today, in testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, CSIS’s Mike Green argued that Asia is the most important region for US interests and that the greatest uncertainty in Asia today is China’s trajectory as it rises. In order for the United States to maintain its comparative advantages in the region, Dr. Green argued Washington must: Bolster US deterrence against increasingly capable regional challengers; provide aid to vulnerable states such as the Philippines and Vietnam; take a whole-of-government approach to US presence in the Pacific that includes TPP; consider US policies from China’s perspective and continue to push for transparency and confidence building. Dr. Green’s testimony can be accessed here.
In that Number
The number of viewers according to Nielsen who watched Sunday’s 60 Minutes and Steve Kroft report on the implications of the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, featuring CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis.
Source : CBS News
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: How will the Department of Defense’s “Better Buying 3.0” promote innovation?
Answered: Andrew Hunter, director of the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, and Denise Zheng, deputy director of the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program: As with earlier versions of Better Buying Power, industry will view this plan with a mixture of head nodding and concern. The focus on technology is welcomed by many in industry, but there are also a number of firms working on technologies, such as robotics, that are currently not particularly interested in working with DOD. If the Pentagon wants to sustain US technological superiority in the twenty-first century, it will need to invest in building a culture of innovation and experimentation and deploy new technologies faster. For example, it may need to consider different approaches to intellectual property rights for inventions developed in part with funding from DOD.
An intellectual property system that allows companies and individuals to protect and commercialize their inventions is a bedrock for innovation. Innovation cannot be incentivized without a clear pathway to bring new products and services to market. Under current law, any technology or intellectual property developed with DOD funds is owned by the government, and it has the right to share it with whomever it wants. The United States also has the authority to allow other contractors to manufacture and use the patented invention “for or on behalf” of the government without obtaining a license from or compensating the patent holder. While most companies recognize that working through bureaucracy, extensive paperwork and reporting, and other compliance requirements is part of the cost of doing business to get access to the DOD market, concerns about the intellectual property rights regime for federal contracts discourages truly innovative companies and individuals from working with DOD.
Read the full analysis here.
One to Watch
Dan Roberts (@RobertsDan) is the Guardian’s Washington bureau chief. Previously, he served as the paper’s national editor in London. Over 27 million Americans read the Guardian online and over 120 million worldwide. Dan is one to read and one to watch and a JGB (Just a Good Bloke).
A robot probe transmitted the first images from Fukushima’s damaged reactor as part of a mission to track radiation levels at the nuclear plant. The robot stopped working after being impeded by an object three hours in to its mission but was there long enough to send back this ghostly footage.
In a new CSIS Pacific Forum commentary, “Strategic Dilemma or Great Blessing?,” Sukjoon Yoon (firstname.lastname@example.org), retired captain in the ROK Navy and senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy, discusses key elements of South Korean foreign policy regarding the US and China.
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
Adam Sieminski, administrator of the US Energy Information Administration, joined CSIS for a presentation of the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 .
The CSIS International Security Program hosted a discussion on the future of vertical lift platforms in operations integrating both air and marine elements.
CSIS also hosted an event on “Energy Sector and Climate Reforms in China,” which looked at changes to China’s energy sector from the perspective of both energy market reform and climate policy.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ tomorrow.
Ahead of the IMF-World Bank Spring meetings, CSIS will host an all-day US-India business conference, featuring a keynote by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of India. Be sure to RSVP or watch live at 4:00 p.m.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
The Brookings Institution will host Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank, for a discussion on “Maintaining the Momentum of Economic Development in Africa.” Click here for more or follow the conversation on Twitter using #AfDB.
CSIS on Demand
Get smart on the latest business trends in Asia, from economic slowdowns to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, by watching last week’s CSIS conference on financing growth in the Asia Pacific.
Get a recap of SECDEF Ash Carter’s trip to Asia, Japan’s changing defense posture, as well as Australia’s “Koala Diplomacy” on this week’s CogitAsia Podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
Courtesy of CSIS’s Ernie Bower (@BowerCSIS), we bring you something you probably would never have found out about: the first ever comprehensive dictionary of New Zealand slang. It is 712 pages in hardback with 32,000 entries. Now I know what to get my Kiwi friends Ambassador Roy and Dawn Ferguson of New Zealand for Christmas!
It’s a rainy day in Washington today. Not so yesterday when our prized 3,750 cherry trees along the Tidal Basin were set against the backdrop of a gloriously beautiful day. The trees first came to Washington in 1912 when the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the US as a gift of friendship. Our amazing CSIS photographer Jesse Swanson went out yesterday to shoot the video you will see here, expertly edited by Sam Ellis of the CSIS Ideas Lab. Enjoy and smile!
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