The Evening CSIS July 16 2015
July 16, 2015
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“Things have changed now,” according to ECB president Mario Draghi, as Greece’s banks were granted extra liquidity today. It’s also led to Europe’s stock market improving, as CNBC reports.
Dive Deeper: Check out this CFR Backgrounder on the role of the European Central Bank from July 9.
And in case you missed it, read more on the fallout the Greek crisis has caused across Europe in Heather Conley’s latest CSIS Commentary.
Japan's New Defense
New laws passed by Japan’s lower house of parliament today would allow Japanese soldiers to fight overseas for the first time since World War II. The Wall Street Journal’s Yuka Hayashi has the view from Tokyo.
Dive Deeper: These bills come at a time of change for Japan with new defense guidelines agreed between the US and Japan last May. For more on that, you can hear from our senior VP for Asia, Mike Green, on the CSIS Podcast “ Japan Steps Up,” as well as a review of the guidelines and what they mean for the region in the latest CSIS Japan Chair Platform .
In that Number
The number of nuclear power reactors China is currently building; there are plans to double that number in the next 15 years.
Asked: What are the concerns of renewing a nuclear cooperation agreement with China?
Answered: Sharon Squassoni, director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program:
China has made great strides in its nonproliferation policies in the last 20 years, but there’s further to go. It is a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group but has not joined the other export control arrangements for missiles, chemical- and biological-related exports, or conventional arms exports. It has not provided enough focus, resources, or trained personnel to fully implement controls. Another issue is the porous nature of the boundary between military and civilian nuclear activities. Many of its fuel cycle facilities started out producing material for nuclear weapons, and there is no real separation, physical or administrative, between the facilities and personnel. Because China is a nuclear weapon state, it is not obligated to have international monitoring on its nuclear sites, although it does make certain facilities eligible for the application of IAEA safeguards. Some critics have alleged that Chinese nuclear naval submarines have benefitted from reverse engineering of US pump technology provided under the AP-1000 program, a serious allegation if it is true.
One to Watch
Sharon Squassoni, senior fellow and director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program, today testified before a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee hearing on nuclear cooperation with China . Look to her for all the technical answers on the Iran deal , the renewal of nuclear energy trade with China , and in general how uranium is governed the world over.
Angela Merkel comforts a young Palestinian refugee facing deportation in an exchange that has gone viral under the hashtag #MerkelStreichelt (“Merkel strokes”). So far this year, Germany has had double the number of applications for asylum—450,000—as in all of 2014.
ICYMI: CSIS trustee Senator Bill Brock authored an important op-ed in the Baltimore Sun on the long-term fiscal health of our country; it’s “ Time to get serious about US debt. ”
CSIS hosted a high-level conference on the value of the Army Reserve , with a keynote by Representative Joseph Heck, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Military Personnel.
CSIS hosted a timely discussion on policy issues in Kenya and Ethiopia , ahead of President Obama’s trip to the region. Here’s the state of US engagement in Africa.
CSIS will host a panel of experienced defense acquisition experts on “Rethinking the Packard Commission Approach after 30 years” and looking at proposals that would revisit the acquisition chain of command.
This Town Tomorrow
The Wilson Center will host an event on Russia’s defense modernization program and its drive to develop new naval capabilities.
CSIS on Demand
According to National Geographic, “more than 100 elephants are being killed across Africa every day.” Yesterday, CSIS convened a wildlife trafficking summit with congressional leaders, conservationists, and African government officials to help crack down on wildlife poaching. Above: Chairman Ed Royce, House Foreign Affairs Committee
The Financial Times’s latestpodcast stars Eliot Higgins, who has become a leading authority on the conflict in Syria by monitoring social media sites to piece together what’s happening on the ground. FT speaks with him on his work and how social media is changing traditional journalism.
I Like It Like That
Iran and six world powers just cut a landmark deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program; instead of plowing through the 159-page report, here’s Vox’s 3-minute video on how the Iran nuclear deal works .
If you thought this week’s tap-dancing seagulls were talented, then you have to see this soccer-scoring cockatoo and his crazy dance moves to boot.
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