The Evening CSIS: Blow Up Doubt, Palestinian Succession, Bee Gees & more
January 5, 2016
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Blow Up Doubt
The Obama administration said today that initial data from its monitoring stations in Asia were “not consistent” with North Korea’s claim that the nuclear test it carried out earlier in the day was its first test of a hydrogen bomb, as the New York Times’s Choe Sang-Hun and David Sanger report.
The Washington Post today published a superb infographic “Eight countries. 2,055 nuclear tests. 71 years."
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Sharon Squassoni and Victor Cha today published a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked and answered short papers) Another North Korean Nuclear Test.
And, CSIS’s Rebecca Hersman today published a new Critical Questions North Korea's Nuclear Provocation.
Plus, CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser today published a new Critical Questions China's Reaction to North Korea's Nuclear Test.
In addition, CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman today published a new commentary: North Korea’s “Thermonuclear” Test: The Paradox of Small, developing Nuclear Forces.
Further, CSIS’s Victor Cha today published a short paper, What is the Road Ahead?
China today landed two test flights on an island it has built in the South China Sea, four days after it angered Vietnam with a landing on the same runway in the disputed territory, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative ( AMTI), an interactive microwebsite has all the latest satellite images of continuing construction in the South China Sea as well as key analysis regarding the regions’ maritime disputes.
Unpopular after 11 years in power, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is starting to face some open machinations from would-be successors, as the AP reports.
And, the Jerusalem Post reports that in a televised speech from his office in Bethlehem, Abbas said that “no one should dream that [the Palestinian Authority] would collapse.”
In that Number
The number of nuclear tests carried out by North Korea since 2006.
“All eyes will be on China to see whether this nuclear test near the Chinese border will finally compel a change in Beijing’s support of the regime.”
—Victor Cha, CSIS Korea Chair, on North Korea’s announcement of a successful hydrogen bomb nuclear test.
One to Watch
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Josh Meyer (@JoshMeyerDC) is joining NBC Investigations as senior investigative reporter. Josh previously reported on national security for the Los Angeles Times. For national security investigations, Josh is one to watch.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu in Ankara today to discuss ISIS, Russia, Iran, and the refugee crisis.
An Exclusive today by the Daily Beast’s Shane Harris, “CIA Eyes Russian Hackers in ‘Blackout’ Attack.”
Join us tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. as the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosts Paul Bodnar, senior director for energy and climate change at the White House, and Richard Duke, deputy director for energy and climate change at the White House. Panelists will discuss what was achieved at the Paris climate talks and what comes next for domestic energy and climate policy in the United States. RSVP here.
This Town Tomorrow
Having pressed to lift sanctions in the P5+1 nuclear deal, Beijing and Moscow are now competing to expand military cooperation and commerce with Tehran. Join the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. for a discussion on Iran’s deepening ties with China and Russia.
CSIS on Demand
Watch CSIS experts and White House policy officials as they discuss the prospects for regional cooperation among the major powers of East Asia. Catch the event on demand here.
From Syria to the Islamic State to North Korea, Foreign Policy’s The Editor’s Roundtable covers the biggest global stories of 2015 in its latest podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
President Obama did something today utilizing media that I’ve never seen done before by a head of state. He put out a “video trailer” to promote his own State of the Union address to be held next Tuesday. It’s not as good as the Star Wars trailer, but it’s an interesting use of media.
The first music producer I ever recall seeing and remembering from the credits on a record album was Robert Stigwood. Stigwood’s name appeared somewhere on the soundtrack to the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever.”
As if the front cover of the album featuring Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb (AKA the Bee Gees) wasn’t interesting enough, and the music itself wasn’t supremely infectious, and the photos of John Travolta in his white disco suit weren’t striking—somehow the name Robert Stigwood stood out to me too.
It wasn’t the last time I would see Stigwood’s name. The Aussie manager/producer/record label impresario’s name would appear on so much of the music I would consume through this very morning. Just to name a few: Cream, Eric Clapton, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos, Mick Jagger, Rod Steward, David Bowie and Peter Frampton.
Then there were Stigwood’s movies, which included Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Tommy.
Also he dabbled a bit in stage musicals, managing a guy named Andrew Lloyd Weber and producing such plays as Evita, Hair and Pippin.
Stigwood passed away on Monday at 81. His influence on modern music, film and theater is undeniable and immense.
And, if you think the Bee Gees didn’t absolutely set the world on fire and leave their mark for all time watch this and smile.
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