The Evening CSIS: Jordanian Border, Yellen’ Brexit, Cleveland Rocks & More
June 21, 2016
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Jordanian Border Bombing
After a suicide car bombing near Jordan's border with Syria today, Jordan declared the area a “closed military zone,” as the New York Times’s Rana F. Sweis reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Shannon Green authored a new commentary, “Taking Stock on World Refugee Day” where she points out that in Jordan, Syrian refugees make up 7 percent of the population.
Should I stay or should I Brexit?
If the UK decides in Thursday’s referendum to leave the European Union, it would shake the continent to its political foundations. Even if it stays, the bloc may never be the same, as the Wall Street Journal’s Laurence Norman and Stephen Fidler report.
Dive Deeper: Chatham House has superb resources on the EU referendum.
The CSIS Podcast hosted by Colm Quinn features a new interview with CSIS’s Heather Conley “Bracing for Brexit.”
And, the Atlantic Council today posted a new roundup of their experts’ views, “Brexit or Bremain, What the EU Desperately Needs is Reform.”
US stocks rose today, led by gains in technology shares as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was optimistic about the economy and played down the risk of a recession, as Reuters reports.
The Guardian reports that the EU referendum could sway a decision on US interest rates.
Bloomberg today posted “Janet Yellen’s Senate Testimony in Two Minutes.”
Also see highlights of Yellen’s prepared testimony via Reuters.
In That Number
The number of military trainers that New Zealand announced it will dedicate to the Building Partner Capacity mission at Taji, Iraq until November 2018. Source: DoD.
‘‘The opening up of the food trading holds the most promise and is likely to generate real investment. If a foreign company comes in and sets up national grocery chain in India, it could be pretty significant in creating a huge number of low-skilled jobs.’’
—CSIS’s Richard Rossow on India’s recent announcement on easing foreign investment regulations. Source: Boston Globe.
One to Watch
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UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who today addressed an audience in Manchester, England setting out the reasons why Labour is voting remain in the EU in Thursday’s referendum.
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Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. The committee heard testimony from Yellen on 'The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.'
Smart article in the extremely smart new Ivy Magazine, “The Digital Age Isn’t Ruining Journalism—It’s Changing It” by Kay Sorkin.
CSIS’s Europe Program hosted “Transatlantic Policy on Economic Sanctions: Promises and Pitfalls.”
Join CSIS’s Missile Defense Project tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. for “The Future of U.S. Army Missile Defense.”
This Town Tomorrow
The Atlantic Council is hosting “How Tech Entrepreneurship Is Transforming the Middle East” tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. from Stanford, with fmr. Ambassador Michael McFaul, Condoleezza Rice, and Stephen Hadley.
CSIS On Demand
Under secretary of state for political affairs Thomas Shannon is in Venezuela meeting with government officials, as the Washington Post reports . Last week CSIS hosted, “ Venezuela and the OAS: A Presidential Perspective” with two former presidents of Bolivia and Peru.
Listen to the latest episode of the CSIS Podcast, “Bracing for a Brexit” with CSIS’s Heather Conley.
I Like It Like That
The Wall Street Journal’s graphics department has created an interactive 2016 electoral college map in which you can “choose the path to victory for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.”
Ok, you knew this was coming. How could it not? Cleveland, most definitely rocks, now and always.
It doesn’t rock because of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—although the Hall is a terrific place despite what some people say about it (Steve Miller…).
It doesn’t rock because of The Drew Carrey Show—which made the song its theme, as covered by The Presidents of the United States of America.
It doesn’t rock because my brother-in-law, Chef Douglas Katz, owns an amazing restaurant there and is one of America’s greatest culinary geniuses (yes, LeBron is a patron).
It rocks because the Cavs brought the NBA Championship to a city that has suffered sports and other disappointments for over half a century and still maintained dignity, hope, and belief that something better was always around the corner (even if, as my beautiful and wise mother-in-law would say, “it probably won’t be for us…”).
Nothing rocks more, or is more American, than dignity, hope, and belief in the face of adversity.
Which brings us to the song, “Cleveland Rocks.” Penned by British rocker Ian Hunter in 1979, “Cleveland Rocks” captures something only an outsider, in Tocquevillian fashion, could see so clearly. Quirky and utterly unhip, the “Mistake by the Lake” is so uncool it is cool. Because the anti-cool is always cool, isn’t it?
This clip of Ian Hunter performing the anthem “Cleveland Rocks” in Cleveland’s “World Famous” Agora Ballroom explains everything. Smile.
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