The Evening CSIS: Italy’s Referendum, Jobs Lost, Cash Dominos & More
December 2, 2016
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Italians will vote on Sunday in a wide-ranging referendum, backed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, that would significantly alter the country’s 68-year-old constitution and the shape and size of the national government. The New York Times’ Elisabetta Povoledo reports on “what you need to know.”
Plus, Bloomberg has a “Referendum Guide” complete with graphics and video.
Dive Deeper: CFR’s interview with Robert Kahn: “Europe Braces for Italy’s Referendum.”
House Approves 2017 Defense Policy Bill
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved an annual defense policy bill today, voting to provide more money for military and defense operations than requested by the Obama administration and to make a number of substantial changes to the structure of the Pentagon, including increasing the size of US armed forces, as the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Kesling reports.
Dive Deeper: Visit CSIS’s interactive micro-website, Defense 360, a source for key CSIS defense analysis.
The Financial Times reported this afternoon that according to a study by the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University, 85 percent of jobs losses are actually attributable to technological change—largely automation—rather than international trade.
Dive Deeper: Visit CSIS’s interactive micro-website Trade Vistas —our primary goal with this site is not to advocate for or against any particular trade policy, but to provide a fact-based context in which to understand this broader debate.
CSIS Original Video: The New Barbarianism
CSIS’s Global Health Policy Center has produced a short trailer for its latest video project on the surge of violence globally against the health sector.
In That Number
The number of car bombs the Islamic State has launched against Iraqi forces since the Mosul offensive began six weeks ago. Source: Washington Post.
“It’s too early to start hyperventilating about civil-military relations.”
—CSIS’s Mark Cancian on the debate over civilian control of the military that has emerged following the announcement of General James Mattis as nominee for secretary of defense. Source: Bloomberg News.
One to Watch
Melissa Dalton (@natsecdalton) is a senior fellow and the chief of staff of CSIS’s International Security Program. Melissa was instrumental in the planning and execution of yesterday’s Global Security Forum.
(Photo credit: WPA Pool/Gareth Fuller/Getty Images.)
British foreign secretary Boris Johnson delivered a speech at Chatham House today in London. Johnson warned that the world risks slipping back into a “brutal” era where strong men dominate and democracy is in retreat. In his first major speech as foreign secretary, Mr. Johnson insisted the UK must retain a leadership role in world affairs after Brexit.
Special report via the Wall Street Journal, “The Last Diplomat,” by Adam Entous and Devlin Barrett.
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.
Join CSIS’s Korea Chair at 9:15 a.m. for “U.S.-ROK Alliance: Looking Ahead to the New Administration and Beyond.” Speakers include CSIS trustee Richard Armitage; Ahn Ho-Young, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the US; and Mark Lippert, US ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
And join CSIS’s Simon Chair in Political Economy at 4:00 p.m. for “Building the U.S.-Japan Economic Relationship in a New Era.”
This Town Monday
Join John Hopkins SAIS at 9:00 a.m. for the 4th annual Transatlantic Economic Forum, a day-long conference on economic cooperation, reforms, security challenges, and transatlantic relations.
Join the German Marshall Fund at 10:00 a.m. for “The Future of Europe after the U.S. Elections: Challenges, Scenarios, and Commitments.”
And join the Middle East Institute at 1:30 p.m. for “Strengthening U.S.-Arab Cyber Security Policy Cooperation.”
CSIS On Demand
Visit us on Medium for a recap of our events this week.
Russian Roulette unpacks the future of US-Russian relations under the Trump administration in a new podcast released today.
I Like It Like That
So here’s one of the things Facebook is fixing to do in order to combat “Fake News.”
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