The Evening CSIS April 7 2015
April 7, 2015
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Rod Norland of the New York Times reports late this afternoon that “as they mop up the last Islamic State forces in the city of Tikrit, Iraqi military leaders are already vowing to follow up that operation with a much more ambitious one: marching into the vast Sunni heartland in western Iraq to root out some of the most significant militant strongholds.”
Dive Deeper: A new edited volume by the CSIS Middle East Program’s Jon Alterman, Rocky Harbors: Taking Stock of the Middle East in 2015, analyzes the region’s political, strategic, and economic realities in 2015, looking at both old and new challenges, how political actors are evolving, and how policymakers can think strategically about the region. The volume contains eight chapters with additional chapters forthcoming.
The Institute for the Study of War’s “Iraq Situation Report” is an excellent resource.
Ending World Poverty
CSIS today hosted World Bank president Jim Yong Kim for a public address on what can be done to end extreme poverty by the year 2030. A transcript of Dr. Kim’s remarks is available and the event can be viewed On Demand.
Dive Deeper: The World Bank today issued a press release: “World Bank President Outlines Strategy to End Poverty, Welcomes New Development Partners.”
The CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development, headed by Daniel F. Runde, has a trove of important work that can be easily accessed, including “Development Dialogues.”
In that Number
The number of miles off California’s northern coast that Russian military aircraft have been detected.
Source : Los Angeles Times.
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: With Defense Secretary Ash Carter headed to Asia, what should the US do to continue its focus on the region?
Answered: Ernest Z. Bower, CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies: The United States need not panic. But it must do much more than “pivot” to Asia. It must do the geopolitical calculus and understand the fact that Asia is where the future prosperity and security of the United States will be decided. Having accepted the facts, Americans must find leaders like Secretary Carter who will work to change the way the United States engages Asia with a renewed confidence and approach. Washington must modernize its Cold War bureaucracy and political mindset; recognize that for all China’s seeming recent economic agility, the most powerful and stable economic force in the world is the private sector; and embrace Asia as the opportunity that it is.
To accomplish these objectives, the US government will need to work with like-minded countries. Priority should be given to creating a new economic strategy for Asia and encouraging partners to do the same. In the United States, this effort should be led by the president and driven by a national economic adviser in the White House—a new and powerful member of the national security team. And the White House and Congress should redefine their working relationship with the US private sector. Companies hold the majority of the world’s capital and technology. Private-sector entities, including companies and nonprofit organizations, are by far the largest financial contributors to development, health, and disaster relief. This trend has become pronounced in the last 20 years. Additionally, innovation is driven by companies. Washington feels handcuffed by China’s fast-moving economic diplomacy. China’s neighbors need the finance and credit Beijing is offering as well as the dynamism of China’s large market. But if the United States embraced private-sector ingenuity, funds, and innovation, the impact on Asia would be transformative, including for China.
Read Bower’s full analysis here.
One to Watch
Kedar Pavgi (@KedarPavgi) is the superb digital editor of Defense One, a must-read web platform for anyone interested in US defense and national security. You can see some of Kedar’s excellent work in tonight’s Optics section of The Evening CSIS.
The 5,548 ISIS targets struck by coalition air forces, in three charts. Defense One breaks down the figures on coalition activities against ISIS in some stark graphics.
There’s been nonstop debate worldwide about the Iran nuclear deal. Today, the Wall Street Journal has a useful piece by Jay Solomon, Nicolas Casey, and Carol Lee: “Israel, U.S. Lawmakers Press Case Against Iran Nuclear Deal.”
Plus, the Journal’s Washington Bureau chief Jerry Seib writes “Winning Over Arab Monarchs on Iran Deal Will Test Obama’s Salesmanship.”
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
CSIS hosted a Global Sustainability Series discussion on “Sustainable Resilient Energy Infrastructure,” with a look at managing growing cities in a variety of locations around the world, from well-built environments to infrastructure deficient regions.
CSIS hosted a half-day conference on “Next Steps in Missile Defense,” featuring Brigadier General Kenneth Todorov, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Frank Rose, Department of State; and Richard Matlock, Missile Defense Agency; among others.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ tomorrow.
CSIS will host a conversation with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart on “Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility.” Click here to RSVP or watch live at 2:00 p.m.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
The Brookings Institution will host an event on “Achieving strong economic growth,” looking at domestic and global trends. Keynote remarks will be delivered by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Click here for more.
CSIS on Demand
Yesterday, Carly Fiorina, global chairman of Opportunity International and former chairman & CEO of Hewlett Packard joined CSIS for aSmart Women, Smart Power speaker series, moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton. Fiorina shared her life story, the challenges she’s overcome, and the aspirations she maintains for future leadership.
CSIS’s Amy Studdart talks about China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the political problems it’s causing policymakers, on the CogitAsia Podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
The White House, the Capitol, and the State Department briefly lost power Tuesday as part of a widespread outage in Washington. But as Bloomberg’s Nicole Gaouette reported via Twitter, State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harff found a low-tech way to keep her briefing moving forward.
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