The Evening CSIS: Clashes Over Syria, State Dept Cuts, Professor Longhair & More
February 28, 2017
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Clash Over Syria
The US and Russia had one of their first diplomatic dustups at the United Nations today, as the Kremlin vetoed a resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Syrian military officials and entities for using chlorine-filled barrel bombs on opposition-held areas in 2014 and 2015. After the veto, US ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia and China of putting “their friends in the Assad regime ahead of our global security.” Read the full story by Somini Sengupta in today’s New York Times.
Proposed State Dept Cuts
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Felicia Schwartz reports on the Trump administration’s plans to cut the State Department budget by 37 percent. Development assistance to foreign countries would likely be hit hardest by these cuts.
Flight From Mosul
As Iraqi government forces attempt to reclaim the western half of Mosul from ISIS, a burgeoning humanitarian crisis is unfolding. A UN agency estimates that over 250,000 people could begin fleeing the city in the coming days. The AP has more on the fighting in Mosul.
A government sniper mistakenly opened fire during a speech by French president Francois Hollande in Villognon, France, today. According to a reporter at the scene, the sniper accidentally fired his weapon when he changed his position; two people received minor injuries. The Washington Post has the full story.
In That Number
The age of some of the fighters that have been recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Source: Associated Press.
“Russia must not be permitted to continue its “soft-exit” strategy of quiet violation. The Trump administration should take up the INF issue in earnest, speaking to Russia in the language of action.”
—CSIS’s Thomas Karako wrote a new opinion piece in the Hill today, “How to Stop Russia from Cheating on Missile Treaty.”
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, audio, and video.
(Photo Credit: Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images.)
Vladimir Putin speaks with his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev after their talks at the Ala-Archa State Residence today in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Bloomberg’s Businessweek cover story on Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller, by Joshua Green.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s Technology Policy Program at 8:30 a.m. for “Tilting the Playing Field: How Misaligned Incentives Work Against Cybersecurity.”
The CSIS International Security Program’s Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group will host two leaders from the Defense Department at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the family-of-systems approach to Future Vertical Lift (FVL).
Join CSIS’s Europe Program at 2:30 p.m. for a discussion on Germany and France’s future vision for Europe, the transatlantic relationship, and Europe’s role in the world.
And join the Wilson Center at 9:00 a.m. for “Migration, Trafficking, and Organized Crime in Central America, Mexico, and the United States.”
CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development hosted a panel discussion earlier this month on the current global development challenges that the US is facing, and how the multilateral development banks (MDBs) can help tackle them. Watch “The World Bank and the American Interest” on demand here.
Today is Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, one of the happiest days of the year in the Crescent City. For Big Easy locals, Mardi Gras is even more than a party—it’s a spiritual, cultural celebration steeped in tradition.
For me, Mardi Gras is all about the music. Professor Longhair, the New Orleans patron saint of piano is at the very center of any discussion about Mardi Gras and music.
This clip of Fess (as Professor Longhair is affectionately known) performing with the Meters is a treasure and the best way I know to say Happy Mardi Gras!
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