The Evening CSIS: ISIS Capture, Hezbollah’s Designation, Seeger Sessions & More
March 2, 2016
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American troops in Iraq are interrogating an ISIS leader after capturing him in a special operations raid, according to national security officials in Washington, reports NPR’s Phillip Ewing.
The special ops raid and capture was first reported by Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt, and Michael Schmidt of the New York Times.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman today released a useful collection of maps, graphics, trend analyses, and summary reports: The Comparative Metrics of ISIS and "Failed State Wars" in Syria and Iraq .
The UN Security Council today approved a plan to impose tough sanctions on North Korea with a twofold goal—halt the funding for nuclear and ballistic programs and pressure the regime to resume negotiations for a lasting denuclearization agreement—as the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Victor Cha today authored a new Korea Chair Snapshot: “ UN Security Council Adopts Resolution with Tougher Sanctions on North Korea .”
And, CFR’s Scott Snyder authored a new commentary: “ The New UN Sanctions and Prospects for North Korea’s Denuclearization .”
GCC Designates Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization
The Gulf Cooperation Council today designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization, signaling escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as theWashington Post’s Hugh Naylor reports.
In that Number
The new UN sanctioning measures blacklist 31 ships owned by North Korean shipping firms.
“U.S.-China cooperation on the resolution is commendable, but going forward, all focus will be on whether and for how long China enforces these measures.”
—Victor Cha, CSIS Korea Chair, on today’s adaption of tougher sanctions toward North Korea.
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Ryerson Women in Leadership.)
Elena Cherney (@ElenaCherney) is the Wall Street Journal’s new global energy editor. Elena previously served as WSJ’s global resources editor and Canada bureau chief after serving as the editor of the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. For the latest energy news, Elena is one to watch.
The Atlantic’s latest photo essay sheds light on the situation on the Greco-Macedonian border where thousands of migrants have amassed.
“Across the Middle East, Doctors Are Being Killed Like Never Before,” by Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch.
Today, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted a discussion on Canada’s energy future in 2016. Click here to watch the event on demand. And, you can catch a panel discussion that explores the US government’s bid protest procedures and how this mechanism shapes process, practice, and behavior in the defense acquisition system. Finally, click here to catch a discussion on the role of higher education in US diplomacy and foreign policy.
Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Global Health Policy Center will host a discussion on Ethiopia’s health system, its successes, and enduring challenges. Watch live here. And after, Carlotta Gall of the New York Times joins CSIS to discuss the recent spike in terrorist and insurgent violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
This Town Tomorrow
What is the future of reform in Ukraine? Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center will host a discussion on reforms in Ukraine, including the country’s efforts to protect intellectual property rights and other business-related developments.
CSIS on Demand
This week an expert panel joined CSIS to analyze the promises of integrated development. While social and economic issues around the world do not adhere to singular sectors or regional areas, development interventions often do. Catch the insightful commentary here.
Jim Lewis, director of the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program, joined NPR’s On Point yesterday to discuss the FBI, Apple, and your privacy.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
The RSA tech conference is on in San Francisco, and videos can be viewed on demand.
“Pharaoh’s army got drown-ded, oh Mary don’t you weep…”
In 2015 it was announced that the American spiritual folk song “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” will be inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry for the song's "cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy."
The version of the song that will be inducted was recorded in 1959 by the American Gospel Group, the Swan Silvertones.
In 1964, Pete Seeger performed the song at the Newport Folk Festival and performed it many times over his career because he thought the song was important as an “American song” in addition to its relevance as a spiritual.
In 2006, Bruce Springsteen and his Seeger Sessions Band recorded “Oh Mary” as part of his album, “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.”
It is the only album the Boss ever recorded of someone’s songs other than his own. The record is Springsteen’s interpretation of thirteen folk songs made popular by Seeger.
To me, Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions are one of the biggest smiles in modern music— his homage to “O Mary” one of my favorite all time performances capable of invoking tears of joy. As with this performance in the London Symphony Orchestra’s restored 18th century church, LSO St. Luke’s.
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