The Evening CSIS: Firefight, Stop Construction, Don’t Do It & More
November 18, 2015
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The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed today in a massive predawn raid by French police commandos, two senior European officials said, after investigators followed leads that the fugitive militant was holed up north of the French capital and could be plotting another wave of violence, as the Washington Post’s Souad Mekhennet, Anthony Faiola, and Missy Ryan report
Meanwhile, as Vice News’s Daniel Hernandez reports, “Five Syrian Men Were Just Detained at Honduras Airport With Stolen Greek Passports.”
Also Highly Recommended, Martin Schram’s column, “Terror fight could unite US, Russia.”
Dive Deeper: The CFR interview with Farah Pandith, “Countering Extremism After the Paris Attacks.”
And, Chatham House’s Neil Quilliam writes today that “Governance, Not Airstrikes, Will Topple ISIS in Syria.”
Also, the Rand Corp’s “Insights on the Paris Terror Attacks” is a useful resource.
Plus, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland has a superb background report on the Paris attacks.
President Obama called on China today to halt its construction on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, raising the contentious issue at the start of a two-day economic summit meeting at which he and other Pacific Rim leaders also discussed trade and climate change, as Michael Shear of theNew York Times reports.
Dive Deeper: Via CSIS’s all things Asia blog, CogitAsia, “In Flight Reading: President Obama Attends APEC & the East Asia Summit.”
And, CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) recently published a new feature, “A Freedom of Navigation Primer for the Spratly Islands,” complete with vivid new infographics. In addition, AMTI’s “Island Tracker” has all the latest satellite images of continuing construction in the South China Sea, and the digital publication provides key analysis regarding the region’s maritime disputes.
Plus, CSIS’s President and CEO John Hamre authored anew essay in CSIS’s 2016 Global Forecast, “Reconnecting of Asia.”
In that Number
The amount of money allegedly stolen by a former Nigerian government adviser from anti-Boko Haram funds.
"I think it's doable, but there have to be signals from our side so that they can get ready."
—CSIS’s Mike Green on the ability of Asian countries to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Source: AP.
One to Watch
Joel Schectman (@joel_schectman) is a white-collar crime reporter at Reuters. Joel previously wrote for wrote for Risk & Compliance Journal and CIO Journal at the Wall Street Journal. For coverage of sanctions, compliance, and money laundering, Joel is one to watch.
As APEC Philippines 2015 gets underway, the Guardian has a photo roundup of world leaders dressed eccentrically over the years.
Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies is hosting Thomas Christensen, author ofThe China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power.Register for the event, or watch it live.
This Town Tomorrow
The US Institute for Peace is hosting a discussion on how to build social peace amid displacement, with a focus on the 1.4 million internally displaced Ukrainians. Watch it live or register here.
“ The Flourishing Black Market in Syrian Passports ,” by the Atlantic’s Krishnadev Calamur.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Juan Zarate and Tom Sanderson wrote for the New York Times on June 28, 2014, “ How the Terrorists Got Rich: In Iraq and Syria, ISIS Militants Are Flush With Funds .”
Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program, discusses the range of global threats on the CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
I disagree that “La Marseillaise” is the greatest national anthem in the world—I’m biased and think the “Star Spangled Banner” is (and Baltimore Orioles fans don’t have an “O” to yell out in “La Marseillaise” anyway…). But, I really like this piece where historian Simon Schama “explains how the power and emotion of La Marseillaise makes it the greatest national anthem in the world, while artist and animator Andrew Park reimagines Delacroix’s iconic painting Liberty Leading The People.”
One more encore for the great Allen Toussaint. And, it’s my favorite encore ever captured on film.
“The Last Waltz,” as many of you know is a film by Martin Scorsese which documents the final performance of The Band on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
The opening musical performance of the film is actually the final number of the evening, an encore cover version of Marvin Gaye’s “Don’t Do It.”
“The Last Waltz” featured The Band playing their favorite songs with guest appearances by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and many other rock superstars. But one thing remained consistent throughout the concert—The Band and friends were backed by a large horn section arranged by Allen Toussaint.
You won’t see the horn section in this clip of “Don’t Do It” but your ears can’t miss it. Mr. Toussaint made sure of that.
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