The Evening CSIS April 20 2015
April 20, 2015
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Reuter’s reports that, after calling an emergency meeting, the EU proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations as the first of as many as 900 drowning victims have been brought ashore.
Dive Deeper: CNN provides excellent coverage of the crisis with a major web post, “Hundreds of migrant deaths at sea: What is Europe going to do?”
Chatham House offers this backgrounder on saving lives in the Mediterranean with “Ten minutes with Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station.”
The Atlantic Council’s Kelsey Lilley wrote last week “African Migrant Deaths at Sea Spike as European Policy Comes Under Fire.”
Trefor Moss of the Wall Street Journal reported today that the US and the Philippines are adding more “Muscle to Military Drills,” following the ramping up of tensions in the South China Sea first reported by CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) via the New York Times .
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s AMTI reports that the exercise (known as “Balikatan,” meaning shoulder-to-shoulder), will include 11,740 American, Filipino, and Australian troops in joint training maneuvers in three separate locations in the Philippines.
And, as CSIS’s Kath Hicks and Mike Green write today in “Federated Defense in Asia,” in the CSIS CogitAsia Blog, “As regional security challenges grow in Asia, it is increasingly important that the United States work more closely with its allies and partners to build the capabilities and capacity necessary to address shared security concerns.”
In that Number
Number of people fleeing fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province.
Source : United Nations.
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: With the threat of homegrown terror resurfacing in today’s FBI arrests, what is the US doing to counter violent extremism at home?
Answered: Stephanie Sanok Kostro, senior fellow, CSIS International Security Program, “Today’s announcement that the US government is bringing terrorism charges against six Somali-Americans (in Minnesota and California) highlights the extended reach of violent extremist organizations—like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or al-Shabaab in this case—into Western societies. These arrests come on the heels of last week’s charges against a young Somali-American from Ohio, who allegedly received terrorist training in Syria with the intent of carrying out an attack in the United States. US officials are grappling with how best to identify, monitor, and apprehend US citizens and residents who become radicalized, receive training overseas (as foreign fighters) or on-line, and may seek to attack the US homeland.
The February 2015 White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism sought to build upon the existing US strategy to prevent violent extremism in the homeland through empowering local partners. A direct result of this strategy is the use of the Joint Terrorism Task Forces—which bring together federal government and local law enforcement officials (e.g., FBI, Secret Service, ICE, police)—that were responsible for these most recent arrests.”
One to Watch
Ritu Sharma is a leading global women’s rights and antipoverty advocate, who recently joined CSIS as a senior visiting fellow to lead the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative. This initiative is a unique partnership between CSIS and the International Youth Foundation (IYF). Ms. Sharma will be building on CSIS and IYF’s joint work on the Global Youth Wellbeing Index , with the intent to expand the initiative by examining the interplay of youth, economic development, and security. Be sure to follow her on twitter @ RadioRitu.
L’Hermione , a replica of the 18th century ship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to the US in 1780, set sail from France today as it marks centuries of friendship between the world’s oldest republics. It will dock in Virginia in early June.
On Sunday night, Scott Pelley and 60 Minutes aired perhaps the most shocking piece of television in history in “ A Crime against Humanity.” In the piece, Pelley reports on the 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria that US intelligence estimates killed more than 1,400 civilians. (Warning, this piece contains very disturbing video and information.) I am recommending it because I believe it is one of the most important pieces of reporting I have ever seen. There is also an explanation contained via this link about CBS’s decision to show the disturbing video.
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
The CSIS Africa Program hosted a discussion and report launch on Africa’s Changing Energy Landscape.
The CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted a discussion on the status of reforms to the Ukrainian energy sector and the European Union’s antitrust case against Gazprom.
Watch live at 5:30 p.m.: CSIS will host a Schieffer Series on “Advancing Global Gender Equality,” featuring Mr. Bob Schieffer, CBS News; Ambassador Catherine Russell, US Department of State; Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps; and Dr. Sarah Mendelson, CSIS Human Rights Initiative.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ tomorrow.
CSIS will host a Statesmen’s Forum with H.E. Raimonds Vejonis, Latvian minister of defence, on “A New European Gray Zone? Securing Latvia and the Baltic Sea Region Against Hybrid Threats.” Join us at 9:00 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., CSIS will host a roundtable discussion on China-South Korea cooperation on North Korea policy. Click here for more.
Join us at 2:00 p.m. for a conversation with Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics & technology, on “The Root Causes of Acquisition Challenges and the Need for Reform.”
Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae , Japan’s ambassador to the US, will join CSIS at 2:00 p.m. for the latest on “Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to Washington: A Major Milestone for the U.S.-Japan Alliance.”
Tom Burgis, investigations correspondent at the Financial Times, will join CSIS for the release of his new book, The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth. Join us at 5:30 p.m.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host an event on “New Counterterrorism Strategies in Pakistan” starting at 9:30 a.m.
CSIS on Demand
Watch World Bank president Jim Yong Kim discuss his plan to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 in his landmark speech at CSIS earlier this month.
Denise Zheng discusses China’s latest cyber-attack capabilities in this week’s CogitAsia Podcast. The show also includes last week’s remarks from Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
NASA astronaut Terry Virts captured unbelievable footage of the earth rotating beneath the International Space Station in this first ever GoPro video taken during a spacewalk in February.
I love baseball. It’s a game that requires constant strategic adjustments—often in a split second. If you are a Chicago Cubs fan, you’ve seen a bunch of zany adjustments over the years. It’s one of the things that makes the team so alluring, even though they haven’t won the World Series since 1908. Despite all of the losing, the team, its players, and its fans seem to know how to have fun better than any other team in the history of baseball. For example, watch the strategic adjustment pitcher Jon Lester made over the weekend.
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