The Evening CSIS: Hamre on 60 Minutes, Netanyahu Visit, Cutting Edge & more
November 9, 2015
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CSIS's John Hamre on 60 Minutes
Last night, 60 Minutes aired “Into Dangerous Hands,” a segment about critical lapses in the US security clearance process that millions of people must pass to work with America's secrets. John Hamre, CSIS president and CEO, was featured prominently in the piece reported by CBS’s Scott Pelley and produced by CBS’s Michael Rey, Oriana Zill de Granados, and Andrew Bast.
“We don't organize our clearance process around the sensitivity of jobs. We organize them around people's background. And I think that's a big failing,” Dr. Hamre told Scott Pelley.
Dive Deeper: In 2013, Dr. Hamre wrote two important op-ed’s for the Washington Post, which in part led 60 Minutes to pursue a story on security clearances. In February 2013, Dr. Hamre’s “The wrong way to conduct security clearances” was published.
Then, in September of 2013, Dr. Hamre wrote “Navy Yard shooting exposes flawed security clearance process" for the Post.
Shared Interests Stressed
President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today sought to stress areas of agreement and common interest in their first meeting in over a year, as the Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and Ruth Eglash report.
And, as the Jerusalem Post reports, PM Netanyahu told President Obama that Israel has not given up hope for a two-state solution.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Haim Malka authored a new commentary: U.S.-Israeli Tectonics.
And, from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s David Makovsky: “Netanyahu Comes to Washington: A Recalibration, if Not a Reset."
Myanmar’s landmark election is making international headlines. Most reports are indicating the election was substantially free and mostly fair. So much so that initial reports indicate the opposition probably has won by a landslide, as Reuters reports. However, there are many steps remaining, and Myanmar is a large country, so votes will continue to be tallied over the next several days. CSIS experts are watching developments closely. With this vote, there appears to be the possibility of historic political reform, but that benchmark has not been achieved yet. Our scholars are deep in the trenches on this and will be providing analysis as the waters clear in Myanmar.
Dive Deeper: The New Yorker’s Jon Emont writes today “Can Myanmar’s New Government Control Its Military?”
In that Number
The estimated turnout for Myanmar’s first openly contested election in decades.
Source: BBC News.
“I think there's a lot at stake. Just the sense that they have an opportunity to participate in selecting their government and driving governance is so empowering to people.”
—Ernie Bower, CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, on Myanmar’s historic elections.
Source: USA Today .
One to Watch
Carter Dougherty (@CarterD) is the new senior international economics writer at International Business Times. Carter was most recently a reporter with Bloomberg News. He previously wrote about economics and trade for the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and Washington Times. ( Photo credit: New York Times.)
Myanmar held a general election yesterday. Early reports indicate that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party came out favorably in many races . Reuters has a great photo roundup of this historic moment.
Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen’s essay for POLITICO magazine, “Cheney and Me,” published in connection with his new book, Cheney One on One: A Candid Conversation with America’s Most Controversial Statesman (Regnery), published last week.
CSIS’s top Asia and G20 experts held a press briefing this morning on President Obama’s upcoming trip to the G20, APEC, and ASEAN summits. Download the transcript of the discussion.
Tomorrow, the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program willhost the launch of Leveraging the Internet of Things for a More Efficient and Effective Military. Sean O’Keefe, former secretary of the navy and former administrator of NASA, and Gen. James Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be among the speakers.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Atlantic Council will host John P. Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department, for a discussion on the current national security threats landscape and recent trends in the US government’s approach to disrupting cyber threats. Register for the event here.
CSIS on Demand
Listen as four former US and UK national security policymakers recount the formation of the seminal UK Trident Program. The CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues hosted this exclusive panel to examine the implications for the two countries’ relationship.
NPR’s Scott Horsley discusses the implications of the Obama-Netanyahu meeting today, and whether or not it signals a relationship reset between the two nations.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
PBS’s digital series “Blank on Blank” takes old audio interviews and gives them new life through animation. I like it.
An extraordinary recording was released late last week, “Bob Dylan 1965-1966: The Cutting Edge.”
“Cutting Edge” is volume 12 of Dylan’s incomparable bootleg series. The previous 11 editions are superb and it never occurred to me that volume 12 could be so astonishingly beyond what the bard has already released. But it is.
“Cutting Edge” features rare and unreleased recordings from Dylan’s three seminal albums, “Bringing it all Back Home,” “Highway 61” and “Blonde on Blonde.” These records changed rock and roll music. And now, you can listen to the evolution of how Dylan crafted such songs as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.”
For example, this collection has 20 different versions of “Like a Rolling Stone” which trace the evolution of the song and offer the listener a fascinating window into Dylan’s creative process as he crafted his classic.
We’ll talk more about Dylan and his bootleg series this week but watch this video about the story of the “Cutting Edge.” It’s a smile and you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
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