The Evening CSIS: China’s FM, Vice Interview, the Chain & More
February 25, 2016
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Chinese Foreign Minister at CSIS
In remarks today at CSIS, Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China accused the Philippines of “political provocation” regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea, as the Associated Press’ Matthew Pennington reports.
Mr. Wang also voiced anxiety about the possible deployment of a long-range US missile defense system in South Korea, while citing his country’s flexibility in agreeing to new UN sanctions against North Korea, during his remarks at CSIS, as Bloomberg’s Sangwon Yoon reports.
Dive Deeper: You can watch Foreign Minister Wang’s appearance at CSIS today On Demand.
The Vice News Interview with Tony Blair
This week, we launched the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The Commission, cochaired by former UK prime minister Tony Blair and former US defense secretary Leon Panetta, will work to shape a national framework for CVE policies and approaches, concentrating on how to better counter extremist ideologies and reduce their appeal around the world.
Prime Minister Blair was interviewed by Vice News’s editor in chief Jason Mojica about the Commission in a piece that aired today.
In addition, Mojica published a piece, “Tony Blair Has Some Advice for the Next US President,” about CVE.
Tomorrow, Iranians go to the polls to elect members of Parliament and the Assembly of Experts. The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink explains why this matters.
And Time’s Ian Bremmer today wrote “Everything You Need to Know About Iran’s Elections.”
Dive Deeper: Mehdi Khalaji of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy today authored piece for the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank blog: “Iran’s Political Landscape—and What Is Unlikely to Change With Friday’s Elections.”
Plus, CFR’s Ray Takeyh today wrote “The Economic Question Iran’s Election Campaign Hasn’t Answered” also for the WSJ’s Think Tank blog.
In that Number
One-fifth of the candidates in Iran’s parliamentary election have pulled out. Source: Middle East Online.
“European leaders are concerned that imposing specific sanctions related to Putin or his inner circle’s personal corruption could be viewed by Moscow as escalatory with unknowable consequences.”
—Heather Conley, director of the CSIS Europe Program, and Simond de Galbert, visiting fellow with the CSIS Europe Program.
One to Watch
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Jeff Stone (@jeffstone500) covers national security, intelligence, technology, and privacy for the International Business Times. For the latest cybersecurity and national security news, Jeff is one to watch.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China spoke at CSIS today about Chinese foreign policy and US-China relations. Video of the speech can be found here.
ICYMI, John Hudson’s exclusive for Foreign Policy: “ Bernie Sanders Begins Building Foreign Policy Team .”
Today, CSIS hosted Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China for a discussion on Chinese foreign relations and US-China policy. You can catch the eventon demand here, and download the transcript here.
Tomorrow, CSIS will host Daniel J. Kritenbrink, senior director for Asian affairs, National Security Council, for a discussion on the outcomes of the recent U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit at Sunnylands, California, and President Barack Obama’s upcoming travel to Vietnam in May and Laos in September. And after, join us for an armchair conversation with Ahsan Iqbal, minister of planning, reforms, and development in Pakistan, on the role of human resource development in Pakistan’s future.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow, join the Atlantic Council at 9:30 a.m. for a discussion on “Strengthening European Defense in an Age of Turbulence and Competition.” Register or watch live here.
CSIS on Demand
Yesterday, CSIS hosted the presentation of the IEA’s 2016 Medium-Term Oil Market Report. In the 2016 edition, the International Energy Agency analyses the key factors impacting the supply and demand for oil from today out to 2021.
The latest Smart Women, Smart Power Podcast was released yesterday. Olga Oliker, senior adviser and director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program discusses Vladimir Putin’s actions in Syria and Ukraine, as well as Russia’s domestic economic situation.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
The app “Spark” is a highly popular way to manage and filter your iPhone e-mail. Now they’ve developed an app for the iPad too.
“Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise…”
Encore. No one was bigger than Fleetwood Mac in the late 1970s. “Rumours,” released in ’77 alone sold over 40 million copies.
“The Chain” is the only song on the album co-written by all five bandmates. Christine McVie trades vocals with Lindsey Buckingham for most of the tune, but Stevie Nicks’ harmonies add mysticism and texture.
It’s a simple song, with a simple message: “never break the chain.” But there’s nothing simple about the passion the band put into the song. It’s evident in this 1979 performance which is nothing short of extraordinary.
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