The Evening CSIS: Election Earthquake, Air and Sea, Take the Money and Run & More
April 14, 2016
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In South Korea, the Saenuri Party of President Park Geun-hye lost its majority in the National Assembly and was reduced to the second-largest party, an unprecedented defeat in Wednesday’s general election, as Korea’s JoongAng Daily reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Victor Cha authored a new analysis today: “ Implications of South Korean Elections: Economic Stasis at Home, National Defense Abroad. ”
By Air and by Sea, South & East
Philippine and US forces began conducting joint naval patrols in the South China Sea last month and will immediately start air operations over the area, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said during a visit to Manila today, as the New York Times’ Floyd Whaley reports.
Meanwhile, as Reuters reported last month, Japan has switched on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence-gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of islands disputed by Japan and China.
Dive Deeper: The CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) released a new interactive feature today: “ East China Sea Tensions: Approaching a Slow Boil. ”
John Hamre on: “The Mistake that Decapitated Pentagon Innovation—and How to Fix it”
A new commentary published late this afternoon for Defense One by CSIS president and CEO John Hamre calls for a restoration of the innovation ecosystem that propelled DoD through the Cold War.
Dive Deeper: Dr. Hamre, Dr. Kathleen Hicks and our top national security experts at CSIS contribute regularly to the CSIS micro website Defense 360.
Putin on Panama Papers
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday acknowledged the authenticity of recent disclosures about offshore companies owned by prominent Russians, including one of his oldest friends, but said they were not proof of any wrongdoing, as the Washington Post’s Andrew Roth reports.
In that Number 190
The number of reported violations against freedom of religion and faith in Indonesia in 2015, a 23% increase from 2014. Source: CSIS.
Critical Quote “The Peshmerga struck us as a force that was there to fight. They don’t need to be a mirror image of us in terms of weapons, culture, and tactics in order to help destroy ISIL.”
—CSIS’s Mark Cancian and his son Matthew authored a piece in War on the Rocks, informed by their recent visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Source: War on the Rocks.
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Twitter.)
Jeff Schogol (@JeffSchogol) is a senior writer at Air Force Times. Jeff previously reported for Stars and Stripes. For military news, Jeff is one to watch.
Stars and Stripes ’s Seth Robson (@sethrobson1) is on-the-ground in Iraq and posts must-see photos on Twitter.
“ The Panama Papers and the Monster Stories of the Future ” via the New Yorker’s Nicholas Lemann.
Today, CSIS’s Americas Program hosted “ A Conversation with Ambassadors Noah Mamet and Martín Lousteau on the U.S.-Argentina Relationship .”
Join CSIS’s Japan Chair tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. for “ Tokyo at the Forefront: Tackling the Common Challenges Facing the World’s Leading Cities ” with the governor of Tokyo. Register or watch live here.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CNAS tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. for “ U.S. Sanctions and National Security ” with the Treasury Department’s Adam Szubin.
Join the Atlantic Council tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for a conversation with European Commission Vice President for the Euro and Social Dialogue H.E. Valdis Dombrovskis to discuss current migration and security challenges and their economic implications. Register or watch live here.
CSIS on Demand
CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program hosted a panel on “ U.S. and Western Policy Towards Russia: Cooperation, Containment, or Something Else Entirely? ” back in December.
The latest episode of CSIS’s cogitASIA Podcast, “ Myanmar Faces the Future,” was released today.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Building high-definition maps for autonomous cars is the “it thing” according to the Economist.
So many toes are still tapping and faces still smiling because of the Steve Miller Band. So let’s enjoy two more of his classics. “ This is a story about Billie Joe and Bobby Sue… ”
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