The Evening CSIS: Horrific Capsize, New Taliban Boogie, Not Fade Away & More
May 25, 2016
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Eyes on Hiroshima
President Obama will be the first US president while in office to visit Hiroshima, since the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city 71 years ago. As the New York Times’ Gardiner Harris reports, the visit speaks volumes about the increasing struggles among the powers of East Asia.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Michael Green, Matthew Goodman, and Murray Hiebert held a briefing on the president’s trip for members of the media last week. The briefing transcript is available for download.
Plus, CSIS’s Scott Kennedy and Chris Johnson had a new report published this week, Perfecting China, Inc., which examines China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.
Further, CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser and the iDeas Lab recently launched "ChinaPower," an immersive micro-website that provides users with interactive tools and analysis to compare Chinese power with that of other countries.
And, CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) , an interactive micro-website developed with the CSIS iDeas Lab, tracks all of the happenings in maritime Asia.
New Taliban Boogie
The Taliban today named religious leader Maulavi Haibatullah to take charge of an insurgency at a crossroads, divided within its ranks and fighting multiple enemies in its drive to expand across Afghanistan, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jessica Donati and Habib Khan Totakhil report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman authored a new commentary: “Afghanistan: Deciding the Future of the Not Quite ‘Forgotten War.’”
And Brooking’s Michael O’Hanlon has a new commentary: “Don’t hold back on fighting the Taliban.”
Plus, the Atlantic Council’s Ashish Kumar Sen penned a commentary: “Taliban Leader’s Death Put’s Pakistan on Notice.”
The deadly capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean has been caught on camera by the Italian navy as it rescued 562 people, as the BBC reports.
The LA Times reports at least five people are dead as a result of the accident.
In that Number
The number of suspected Islamic State recruiters that Belgian authorities recently brought in under terror charges. Source: New York Times.
“The US has tried to steer India away from deepening ties with Iran. But India and the US share a strong and growing strategic interest, which means they can do some things that are in the interest of one and not the other, without risking the relationship: it’s deep enough to withstand that.”
—CSIS’s Rick Rossow on India’s ties with Iran. Source: CS Monitor.
One to Watch
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The Washington Post is bolstering coverage of US foreign policy in Washington, DC, with the addition of columnist Josh Rogin who will anchor a heavily reported opinion blog focusing on diplomacy and foreign affairs.
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Sadiq Khan attended his first mayor's question time at City Hall in London today. The new London mayor, elected in May, answers questions from the Assembly in public on London’s economy, the EU, and affordable rents and housing.
“China’s Leader Wears Many Hats, but Only One Jacket” via the New York Times’ Chris Buckley.
Join CSIS’s China Power Project tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. for “Cooperation or Confrontation: U.S.-China Relations on the Eve of the Strategic & Economic Dialogue.”
And join CSIS’s International Security Program tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. for Smart Women, Smart Power: A Conversation with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman: From Politics to Diplomacy: The Unexpected Life of America's Lead Negotiator with Iran.”
This Town Tomorrow
CFR is hosting the book launch of The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. with authors Ray Takeyh and Steven Simon.
CSIS on Demand
Last month, CSIS hosted “Breaking ISIL’s Brand” with Bob Schieffer, Richard Stengel, Farah Pandith, and David Sanger.
Listen to the latest Foreign Affairs podcast, “The Future of Iran,” featuring Ilan Berman, Alex Vatanka, and Ervand Abrahamian.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
The Washington Post begins expansion of “Global Opinions.”
“Not Fade Away”
Bob Dylan turned 75 yesterday. He’s still at it. So are the living members of The Dead.
They are very much alive. Not only did a 6 hour set of their music performed by some of the key young artists working music come out last week (“Day of the Dead”), but Bobby Weir et al have teamed up with John Mayer to tour this summer as “Dead & Company.”
They won’t fade away. No one wants them too. They are the still one of the greatest smiles in music .
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