The Evening CSIS: Iran’s Missiles, China’s Aircraft Carriers, Manassas & More
January 31, 2017
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Iranian Missile Test
Iran’s foreign minister has refused to confirm that the country conducted a missile test, saying Iran’s missile program is not part of a 2015 nuclear deal between his country and world powers, as CBS News reports.
And, as the AP reports , US ambassador Nikki Haley says the world should be "alarmed" at the latest Iranian ballistic missile test and the UN Security Council should take action. Haley said today that Iran is "being naive" by thinking the US and others accept its contention that it has no intention of attacking any country.
Dive Deeper: For a closer look at Iran’s missile capabilities, visit the CSIS Missile Defense Project’s interactive micro-website, “ Missile Threat. ”
China's Second Aircraft Carrier
China's second aircraft carrier is "taking shape" after two years and nine months of construction, local media reported, a move likely to further unnerve Taiwan and other neighbors about Beijing's growing military assertiveness. Construction of the Shandong, named after a province on China's east coast, began in 2014, the APP of Shandong television and radio said in a report, as Reuters reports .
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s China Power Project interactive website dissects China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning , and also analyzes China’s military capability in comparison to Taiwan’s . In addition, the China Power Project today released a new interactive feature on China’s food security.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell again today, a sign that investors’ postelection optimism could be waning, as the Wall Street Journal’s Akane Otani and Riva Gold report.
In That Number
The number of tanks the German army is sending to Lithuania as part of a NATO mission. Source: Reuters.
“The early signs are troubling: the new president has set out on a unilateralist, protectionist path, while creating a trade policy apparatus that seems destined for dysfunction.”
—CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy Matthew Goodman on trade policy in the new administration, from January’s Global Economics Monthly.
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Jamm Aquino.)
Rear Admiral Lloyd “Joe” Vasey (USN Ret.) is founder and senior adviser for policy at the Pacific Forum CSIS. RADM Vasey founded the Pacific Forum in the mid-1970s and today marks his 100th birthday.
(Photo Credit: Pvt. Austin Anyzeski.)
Soldiers provide security at a landing zone to transport simulated patients as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter prepares to land during air assault training near the Fuldez Ground Control Center at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
Via the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, “ The Wrong Kind of Crazy. ”
CSIS’s Americas Program hosted the launch of its new microsite , “ The Macri Government’s Reform Program: A Scorecard ,” featuring Argentine economist and historian Emilio Ocampo.
And CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program hosted a discussion of deep decarbonization scenarios .
CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program will host the BP Energy Outlook at 9:30 a.m. The event has reached capacity, but you can watch it live on our website.
And join CSIS’s International Security Program at 3:30 p.m. for “ The Future of Alliances and Extended Nuclear Deterrence .”
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace at 9:00 a.m. for “ Arab Fractures: Reimagining the Regional Order? ”
And join the Wilson Center’s webcast for “ What Does the World Expect of President Donald Trump: The First 100 Days ” at 2:15 p.m.
CSIS On Demand
In case you missed it, watch Madeleine Albright speak at CSIS yesterday on America’s place in the world.
CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman joins this week’s CSIS Podcast to discuss how President Trump's executive order on immigration might affect US leadership. I Like It Like That The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival today released its 2017 poster —it’s a portrait of my favorite band, The Meters, by my favorite Louisiana artist Francis X. Pavy.
Most people think Stephen Stills’ best band was Crosby, Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young.) Of course they are correct. But Stills once had a band that was a close second, and it’s not Buffalo Springfield. It’s Stills’ short lived outfit Manassas. If you don’t own or stream a copy of the bands’ eponymous 1972 album, do yourself a favor and get it.
The band Manassas is chock full of amazing musicians. Dallas Taylor of CSN on drums, Chris Hillman of Flying Burrito Brothers on guitar and vocals, the sublime Al Perkins on pedal steel and the memorable Joe Lala on percussion. With Stills at the helm, Manassas simply created some of the best rock and roll ever made. The sprawling double album is a masterpiece.
I just became aware of a set of video featuring Manassas performing live on German television. If you want to see a group that could really play music live, that didn’t need to take advantage of studio technology to produce incredible music, check this out . I guarantee you will be smiling. (Parker, I can’t wait to hear from you on this one my friend.)
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