The Evening CSIS: Deal, Exodus, Big River & More
November 30, 2016
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OPEC representatives reached a landmark deal today to reduce crude oil output, giving oil an immediate price boost after months of wrangling between OPEC members and market uncertainty about the ability of the cartel to agree, as the Wall Street Journal reports.
And, oil stocks surged, Market Insider tells us what we need to know.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Frank Verrastro, Guy Caruso, and Larry Goldstein have a new commentary: “OPEC’s Challenge.”
Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled the rebel-held neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo, as Syrian regime forces make major gains, as NPR reports.
And, a top UN envoy has warned that Aleppo risks becoming “one giant graveyard,” as the BBC reports.
Dive Deeper: A new report by Brookings’ Charles Lister: The Free Syrian Army: A decentralized insurgent brand.
Despite scandal over South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's relationship with a family friend which appears headed toward possible impeachment or resignation, US commitment to deploy the THAAD missile system to the region "continues forward," as Business Insider’s Amanda Macias reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Victor Cha today authored a short piece: “What Does Park's Resignation Offer Mean?”
And, CSIS’s Missile Defense Project’s interactive micro website Missile Threat is a terrific resource.
In That Number
The size of an obscure earmark buried in the defense authorization bills that CSIS’s Mark Cancian argues can be cut. Source: “The $50 Billion Earmark: Time to Cut Our Losses” via Breaking Defense.
“Now, around the Asian region, there are signs that a combination of economic inducements and Chinese influence on domestic politics is beginning to weaken and reshape longstanding security alignments.”
—CSIS’s Andrew Shearer penned a commentary in the Nikkei Asian Review today, “Japan Shows the Way for America’s Anxious Asian Allies.”
One to Watch
Jesse Ellman is an associate fellow with CSIS’s Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG). Jesse recently authored a commentary in the Cipher Brief, “The Path Forward for DoD Innovation."
(Photo credit: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images
Families flee Aleppo today.
Via the Economist: “Even without winning elections, populists are setting the European Union’s agenda.”
CSIS’s Africa Program and Human Rights Initiative hosted “Effective Strategies for Reducing Political Violence: New Evidence from Select Case Studies in Africa” for a discussion of effective programmatic approaches to countering violent extremism in Africa.
CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program hosted “The Future of Power Generation: A New Era for Renewables.”
Tomorrow, CSIS will host the Global Security Forum 2016, an annual, day-long conference on top challenges facing US and global security. This year’s Forum will focus on the foreign and security policy agenda for the next administration. Follow the event all-day on demand .
This Town Tomorrow
Join AEI at 9:00 a.m. for “Setting Priorities for Governing in 2017.”
And join the Atlantic Council at 10:00 a.m. for “What Will Latin America and the Caribbean Look Like in 14 Years?”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS’s Korea Chair hosted “U.S.-Korea Defense Acquisition Policy and the International Security Environment” last week.
Catch up with our Energy Podcast Series for the latest developments and trends in climate studies, energy policy, and energy markets.
I Like It Like That
I received some expert feedback about Johnny Cash the other day—that his best recorded material, as with Elvis, was recorded in Memphis’s legendary Sun Records by Sam Phillips. I agree, but the American Recordings produced by Rick Rubin are spectacular too.
One of my favorite Johnny Cash Sun recordings is 1958’s “Big River.” This is a song in which the DNA of American roots music (country and the blues) come together to form rock and roll. This is a quintessentially American song that winds through the path of America’s biggest river, the Mississippi. When I sit along the Mississippi River in Uptown New Orleans and the only sounds are come from the barges gently passing by, this is what I hear in my mind and I smile.
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