The Evening CSIS: Intense Weekend, Libya Intervention, Cinnamon Girl & More
February 1, 2016
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President Obama’s envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL spent the weekend touring Syria, the first known visit by a senior US official since the coalition began airstrikes in 2014, as the New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman authored new commentary today: “ Creeping Incrementalism: U.S. Forces and Strategy in Iraq and Syria from 2011 to 2016: An Update .”
Plus, Brookings’ Charles Lister authored a new paper: “ Jihadi rivalry: The Islamic State challenges al-Qaida .”
And, the Wilson Center’s Henri J. Barkley had a new commentary published: “ A US Blueprint for Syria.”
In addition, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Ed Stafford and Soner Cagaptay authored “ A Turkish-Friendly Zone Inside Syria .”
The UK is waiting to see whether peace efforts succeed before joining the US and France in calling for direct military intervention in Libya against ISIS, as the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour reports.
Dive Deeper: The CFR interview “ New Order of Disorder for Libya? ” is a smart read.
Taliban Strike Kabul
A suicide bomber has killed 20 people at a police headquarters in Kabul, as the BBC reports.
Dive Deeper: The US Institute of Peace published an important analysis in early December: “ Urgent Imperative: Get Afghanistan’s Government Working .”
Israelis near Gaza fear Hamas is tunneling beneath them, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Jon Alterman authored a recent commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “ The Other Crisis.”
CSIS’s International Security Program has released a new micro website, “ Defense 360,” our latest platform for showcasing analysis by top CSIS experts, including a special column to appear regularly by CSIS’s president and CEO, John Hamre.
In that Number
Roughly 10,000 migrant children who traveled to Europe are unaccounted for, according to Europol.
“Russia is probably showing the Turks that they haven’t been deterred by what happened before.”
—Jeffrey Mankoff, deputy director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program, on Russia’s recent violation of Turkish airspace for the second time in recent months. The previous incident, in November, ended with the Turkish air force shooting down a Russian warplane.
Source: Christian Science Monitor.
One to Watch
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Robin Kwong (@RobinKwong) is the new special projects editor at the Financial Times. Robin previously served as an interactive data journalist at the Financial Times after having reported for them in Taiwan and Hong Kong. For innovation in the newsroom, Robin is one to watch.
Last week marked the five-year anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution. For a look back at events on the ground, check out this retrospective photo essay, courtesy of ABC News.
“To defeat ISIS, listen to the women,” by Tara Sonenshine for the Hill.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Wilson Center tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. as Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks on Iran’s nuclear agreement and the steps it’s taken to reduce its nuclear stockpiles. For more information and to register, click here.
CSIS on Demand
Last week, CSIS hosted an event on US economic statecraft and the global order, featuring Larry Summers, former US Secretary of the Treasury. The discussion highlighted the strategic role of economics in foreign policy and explored the making of international economic policy.
Listen to the latest Blogs of War Covert Contact podcast on Iran’s Quest for Regional Domination. Host John Little is joined by Phillip Smyth of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Amazon is investing more resources into podcasting to bolster its entertainment offerings.
Last week we looked at the softer side of Neil Young. Thanks for all the great mail and conversation.
Let’s talk about the more rugged side of Young. It’s startlingly primal and euphoric.
I’ve rarely seen audiences as mesmerized and consumed as I have in attending a show put on by Neil Young and his longtime band Crazy Horse. Beginning in 1969 and continuing to perform and record together to the present day, Billy Talbot on bass and Ralph Molina on drums have been Young’s two constant sidemen. Together they form perhaps the greatest garage rock band of all time.
This clip of Young and Crazy Horse live in 1991 ignites with ragged sonic precision. I love how the audience smiles and is consumed by the band’s blistering take on their classic “Cinnamon Girl.” It’s one of my favorite guitar riffs…ever. I can just listen to it over and over again.
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