The Evening CSIS: Hitting ISIS, Strike Yemen, Jazz 101 & More
December 14, 2015
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President Obama said today from the Pentagon that the US is hitting ISIS “harder than ever” as the LA Times Mike Memoli and Bill Hennigan report.
Plus a new “Policy Innovation Memorandum” by CFR’s Phil Gordon “Syria: The Need for Diplomacy and De-escalation."
And, from the Institute for the Study of War, “ISIS's Global Strategy: A Wargame."
Deadly Strike in Yemen
BBC reports that a Saudi military commander and an Emirati officer are reported to be among a number of Gulf, Yemeni and Sudanese soldiers killed in Yemen by a ballistic missile strike by Houthi Rebels.
Defense News reports that 152 Saudi-led coalition soldiers are feared dead in the strike.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Tom Karako wrote about the limits of missile defense last June for Defense One in “What a Yemeni Missile Teaches Us About the Iran Deal .”
Exclusive: Arms Sale to Taiwan
The Obama administration is expected as soon as this week to authorize the sale of two guided missile frigates to Taiwan in spite of China's opposition to the deal, Reuters' Patricia Zengerle and David Brunnstrom reported today.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser published a 2015 report, Taiwan’s Marginalized Role in International Security.
“It’s not like the president has a big switch behind his desk, and if he flicks it, the Internet goes out.”
—James A. Lewis, director of the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program, on the difficulties of regulating the Internet to crack down on terrorism.
Source: NBC News.
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Washington Post.)
Cory Haik (@coryhaik) was named Mic’s first-ever chief strategy officer today. Cory previously served as the Washington Post’s executive director for emerging news products. As Mic continues to innovate, Cory is one to watch.
Reuters published a photo essay showcasing Iranian street art, including the many anti-US murals spread throughout the former US embassy in Tehran.
The New Yorker’s David Remnick has a new piece out on John Kerry’s Middle East mission that a lot of people are reading.
Today, CSIS hosted a fascinating discussion on a new vision for the 21st century; various scholars of global history, including former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, discussed the legacies of the 20th century and the prospects for developing a more stable and prosperous world order in the remainder of the 21st century.
Join us tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., as the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosts “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure,” a discussion on the role that utilities could play in financing, owning, and operating this infrastructure. Click here to register. And later at 5:00 p.m., join us for “Spy Games,” a book event and discussion with author Adam Brookes, former China correspondent at the BBC.
This Town Tomorrow
As the tensions between Russia and Turkey heat up, what’s next in the relationship for the two countries? Join the Center on Global Interests tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. for a talk on the competing objectives between the two administrations, and where we can expect the disputes to go in 2016.
CSIS on Demand
As conversations continue on how best to proceed in the Middle East, listen as former secretary of state and national security adviser Henry Kissinger joins CSIS and discusses the way forward in the region, from Iran to ISIS, Turkey to Russia, and everything in between.
Will the climate change agreement be as effective as it is dramatic? NPR’s Here and Now discusses the agreement 195 nations signed and now have to work to keep.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
The most interesting studies about social and digital media published in 2015 according to Harvard’s Neiman Lab.
I had lunch with one of my oldest and best friends today, Jon Gregory. Jon and I have been friends since the second grade and have a lot of smiles to share.
We also shared a lot of music.
When Sting decided he was done with the Police and moved on to a solo career, we were not smiling. Believe me. It was like our Beatles broke up.
But then something incredible happened. In 1984, Sting assembled a fusion band featuring brilliant jazz musicians like keyboardist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Omar Hakim and sax player Branford Marsalis. We didn’t know who these guys were, really. Jazz was not on our radar even though Jon’s dad used to always tell us “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.”
We bought tickets quickly to see Sting and his new band perform their debut album, “Dream of the Blue Turtles.”
I smiled today recalling what it looked and sounded like when Sting introduced us to something new. Especially this track, “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free."
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