The Evening CSIS: Iran Torn Up, Burqa Ban, Son of a Preacher Man & More
December 6, 2016
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Torn Up Over You
Iran’s president said today that he would not allow President-elect Donald J. Trump to tear up last year’s nuclear agreement and warned of unspecified consequences if he did, as the New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s new interactive micro website “Missile Threat” provides analysis of Iran’s missile arsenal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who last year opened the door to nearly 1 million mostly Muslim migrants, staked out a tough new stance on conservative Islam today by making her first direct call for a widespread ban on “full veil” religious coverings, as the BBC reports.
Deutsche Welle has the reaction inside Germany.
In a Washington Post exclusive, Bob Woodward and Craig Whitlock report that the Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Mark Cancian today authored a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series asked and answered short papers), "Can DOD Save Billions through Efficiencies in its “Back Office”?"
In That Number
The officially reported percentage of votes that Uzbekistan’s interim president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, received in Sunday’s presidential election. Source: New York Times.
“The United States has largely been unable or unwilling to deter Iran’s incremental extension of regional power and threshold testing across a range of military and paramilitary activities.”
—CSIS’s Melissa Dalton testified on “Defeating the Iranian Threat Network: Options for Countering Iranian Proxies” before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. Watch her testimony here or read her remarks here.
One to Watch
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Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) has been named editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, succeeding cofounder Arianna Huffington. Lydia previously served as a New York Times associate masthead editor and editorial director of NYT Global.
(Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The US Capitol Christmas Tree stands at the West Front Lawn of the Capitol during its lighting ceremony today. This year's tree is an 80 foot Engelmann Spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho.
Fox News Special Report host Brett Baier has an interesting new book coming out, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission.
CSIS hosted “The Promise of Youth in Africa,” a discussion of the opportunities and challenges for creating economic growth driven by Africa’s youth.
Join CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development at 9:00 a.m. for the launch of the new report, Achieving Growth and Security in the Northern Triangle of Central America, featuring a keynote address from Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA).
Join CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program at 2:00 p.m. for “COP22: A Readout from Marrakech,” a discussion of evolving risks of climate change, the outcomes of the Marrakech climate conference, and the future of international climate cooperation.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the US Naval Institute at 8:00 a.m. for their Defense Forum Washington, an annual conference that brings together senior military and members of Congress to address the nation’s most challenging defense issues. This year’s conference will address: Competing Global Threats: What Are the Priorities?
Join the US Institute of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for “Afghanistan in 2016: A Survey of the Afghan People.”
And join the German Marshall Fund at 12:00 p.m. for “US-Russian Relations in the Next Administration.”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS hosted a discussion with His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, former Saudi minister of petroleum and mineral resources, on his new memoir, Out of the Desert. Watch it on demand here.
“Megachange is upending the world,” via the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast, analyzes how recent dramatic and disruptive trends, such as the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit, are challenging institutions and societies.
I Like It Like That
I love great storytellers. Gwen Thompkins wrote today for the New Yorker about the greatest jazz storyteller of all, New Orleans’ Danny Barker.
Thanks for all the great emails last night about premium TV, the zeitgeist and soundtracks. My favorite email referenced the soundtrack of the motorcycle gang masterpiece “Sons of Anarchy” which aired on FX from 2008-2014. Music propelled the show every bit as much as images of the show’s Harley riders rolling down California’s highways.
The “house band” for the show’s soundtrack is The Forest Rangers, a gritty, soulful group comprised of LA’s finest “studio” musicians. The band interprets some seriously great cover songs for the show, such as Dusty Springfield’s classic “Son of a Preacher Man.”
For that track, the Rangers enlisted lead vocals from Sons of Anarchy star Katey Sagal, who played the role of the show’s matriarch on screen.
Sagal, probably best known for portraying “Peg Bundy” in the hit 80s-90s sitcom “Married with Children,” is an accomplished singer who formerly sang backup for Bob Dylan and Bette Midler. I love her voice on “Son of a Preacher Man” for the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.
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