The Evening CSIS April 8 2015
April 8, 2015
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CSIS Exclusive Photos of Chinese Land Reclamation in South China Sea Published by New York Times
CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) today released exclusive and never before seen photos of China’s reclamation project along Mischief Reef in the South China Sea. CSIS made the photos available to the New York Times, which published them today as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, speaking from Tokyo, warned China and its neighbors “against the militarization of territorial disputes over the South and East China Seas.”
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative in-depth, interactive report “ Island Building on Mischief Reef .”
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative is an interactive, regularly updated source and web magazine for information, analysis, and policy exchange on maritime security issues in Asia.
North Korean Missile Operational
Admiral Bill Gortney, head of NORAD and US Northern Command, says the US believes North Korea has an “operational road-mobile missile that could carry nuclear weapons to the United States,” Jon Harper of Stars and Stripes reports. In addition, North Korea has 1,000 missiles that can reach Japan and South Korea, according to a new study.
Dive Deeper: The CSIS Korea Chair todaypublished its Korea Chair Snapshot, “NORAD Discusses North Korea’s Missile Technology,” which addresses US concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile program.
Newshour Provides Evening CSIS with First Look at Judy Woodruff Interview with Secretary of State Kerry to Air Tonight
Below are some selected highlights from the interview to be aired tonight:
- Kerry Warns Iran
- On Nuke Deal, Kerry Says Congress Shouldn't Interfere with Obama's Role
- Kerry: Iran Must Disclose Military Nuclear Activity
In that Number
Number of Iraqi Yazidis released by Islamic State militants today.
Source : BBC.
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: What are some of the challenges Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter faces during his visit to Asia this week?
Answered: Zack Cooper, fellow, CSIS Japan Chair, “Secretary Carter has a tough task this week in Asia. He needs to reassure Asian allies and partners that Washington will continue to underwrite regional security, which is imperative given Beijing’s recent building spree in the South China Sea and its assertive behavior in the East China Sea. At the same time, however, Secretary Carter must demonstrate to China that the United States is willing to allow Beijing to shape the regional and global order, as long as it adheres to a core set of international rules and norms.
Carter’s job is particularly difficult because the security elements of the rebalance have been its most observable aspects, but have not deterred China’s maritime assertiveness. Countering Chinese coercion is vital, but doing so risks reinforcing the view that the rebalance is overly militaristic. To combat this perception, Carter has been speaking about the importance of the rebalance’s economic aspects, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Yet, the administration has often chosen to frame TPP as an alternative to a Beijing-based economic order, and its apparent misstep on the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank undermines Secretary Carter’s cooperative message.
In short, Carter has to use his visit to Japan and South Korea to persuade the region that Washington will do more to prevent Beijing’s coercive activities, while convincing Beijing that Washington will allow it to take initiative in shaping the international order. This is a tall task for a short visit.”
One to Watch
Ernie Bower holds the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS and focuses on the developing economies and political climate in the region. A former head of the US-ASEAN business council, look to him for the big picture on the US Asia pivot and be sure to follow his insightful and often lively twitter feed ( @BowerCSIS).
Students march on Nairobi calling for greater security following the massacre of 148 people by terrorist group al Shabaab in Garrisa last week.
PBS’s award-winning program Frontline aired an important documentary Tuesday night: “The Fight for Yemen.” The piece shows never before seen footage of Houthi militants and their message of hate for the US and its allies, including their slogan, “Death to America. Death to Israel.” Saudi-born journalist Safa Al Ahmad spent four months inside Yemen reporting for this documentary, and her piece can be viewedhere. For further reading, see “On the Ground in Yemen: Six Questions with Safa Al Ahmad.”
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
CSIS hosted an insightful conversation with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart on the role of leadership in corporate social responsibility.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ tomorrow.
CSIS will host a discussion on Nigeria’s recent presidential elections, with an all-star lineup of election observers who just returned from overseeing this historic transition of power. Click here to RSVP or watch live at 9:00 a.m.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
The US Institute of Peace will host the launch of a new film, Portraits of Diversity, which highlights Burma’s peace potential and efforts at unity to contrast the headlines of violence between Buddhists and Muslims. Click here to watch the trailer or learn more.
CSIS on Demand
Yesterday, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim gave a powerful speech on ending extreme poverty by 2030, calling on new institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to act not as competitors, but allies in the fight against poverty. Here’s his speech, and here’s the excellent coverage by Reuters.
The Navy is finalizing a new strategy that outlines the concept of integrating the cyber domain into the broader warfighter domain. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joined FNR host Tom Temin today to discuss the details on where the Navy, and the rest of DoD, is heading with cyber as a tool for warfighters.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
The Apple Watch. We just don’t know what to make of it yet. We do like it that the New York Times published their review of it today.
To say the upcoming election in the UK is hotly contested is an understatement. This kind of political tension brings out creativity, humor, and both really good and horribly bad campaign ads. This ad just released by the Green Party may be all of that in one. Those Brits!
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