The Evening CSIS July 23 2015
July 23, 2015
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As President Obama departs Washington for his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia , he is drawing criticisms from human rights groups, the Associated Press reports.
And, as CNN’s Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak report, President Obama’s historic return to Kenya comes after a long wait.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Richard Downie todayauthored a new commentary, President Obama’s Engagement with Africa: Managing Complex Relationships.
And, CSIS recently held a briefing moderated by CSIS’s Jennifer Cooke, Policy Issues In Kenya and Ethiopia Ahead of President Obama's Trip, featuring former US Ambassador to Kenya and CSIS nonresident fellow Mark Bellamy. Transcript and video are available for download.
Plus, CFR’s John Campbell authored a new commentary yesterday, “President Obama Visits Kenya and Ethiopia."
A largely skeptical panel of senators grilled Secretary of State John Kerry over the Iran nuclear deal on Capitol Hill today, report CNN’s Tom LoBianco and Stephen Collinson.
Dive Deeper: CSIS experts today published a new infographic, the Iran Sanctions Cheat Sheet.
CSIS’s Jon Alterman recently authored a must-read commentary Self-Defeating Strategy on Iran.
And, in a new analysis published yesterday, CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman writes that the “US and its allies need to act now to deal with the Iranian missile threat in ways that are likely to be largely independent of the Iran nuclear agreement.”
Amid a brutal heat wave North Korea has ordered workers to begin their day at the brutal hour of 5 AM, the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor reports.
And, as the International Business Times’s Michelle FlorCruz reports, South Korea has sought the assistance of China to help reign in North Korea’s plans for a long-range missile launch.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Korea Chair today published a snapshot of the details behind North Korea’s long-range missile plans, DPRK Updates Satellite Launching Station.
The Press Trust of India (PTI), India’s premier news agency, reports today from Beijing that the “Chinese navy kicked off 10-day military exercises in the disputed South China Sea amid heightened tensions in the region, especially with the US.”
Dive Deeper: Today, CSIS’s Mira Rapp-Hooper testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on "America's Security Role in the South China Sea.” Dr. Rapp-Hooper’s statement before the subcommittee is available for download.
Plus, CSIS’s Greg Poling today authored a new commentary The Dual Policy Challenge of the South China Sea.
And, CSIS’s all things Asia blog, CogitAsia, recently publisheda useful infographic: 2015 South China Sea Developments: A Five Minute Guide.
For a more comprehensive study of the South China Sea, CSIS has created a microwebsite, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), which has all the latest satellite images and analysis of island building and land reclamation in the East and South China Sea. Explore these images and analysis by visiting the AMTI micro website’s “Island Tracker."
In that Number
Number of miles US and coalition forces have been flying to strike ISIS before Turkey approved the use of Incirlik Air Base for bombing missions.
Source: Defense One.
Asked: What have been the construction responses by other countries to China’s activities in the South China Sea?
Answered: Mira Rapp-Hooper, director of the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative , as part of her testimony on “America’s Security Role in the South China Sea” before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Since China’s widespread reclamation activities became known in mid-2014, other claimants have responded with construction of their own. In the last few years, Vietnam has engaged in a small amount of additional land reclamation and added new facilities to two of its islands. In early 2015, Malaysia announced that it would install an air defense system on Swallow Reef. Taiwan’s modest use of land reclamation has occurred over the course of the last year and is part of a renovation that will upgrade its airfield and build sophisticated port facilities. After announcing a moratorium in construction activities in 2014, the Philippines decided in March of this year that it would repair and renovate its military facilities on Thitu Island. It is also reinforcing the hull of a ship that it uses as a military outpost in the Second Thomas Shoal.
One to Watch
Television news producers often perform a thankless job. They are the behind the scenes reporters, managers, coordinators, writers, and sometimes they even do the correspondents a solid and make sure they get lunch. (They always make sure the camera and tech crews get lunch!) That’s why I would recommend watching CNN’s White House producer Kevin Liptak ( @Kevinliptakcnn), especially if you want some insight into CNN’s coverage of President Obama’s trip to Africa. Photo credit: CNN
A NASA telescope searching for a new Earth has found our look-alike planet, NASA reports today! Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn joined CSIS for a timely discussion, calling US energy policy an important part of US national security and a method to strengthen our alliances.
CSIS is convening a wide range of industry, security, and policy stakeholders to discuss the implementation of the new BIS proposed rule for intrusion software platforms. Join us at 9:00 a.m.
This Town Tomorrow
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will host a live discussion with Secretary of State John Kerry on the Iran nuclear deal, which follows today’s Senate testimony. Tune in at 8:30 a.m.
CSIS on Demand
Acquisition reform is one of the big ticket items for this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. To better understand the issue, be sure to watch our discussion with Alan Estevez, principal deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics.
CSIS’s Heather Conley talks about the scale of the Greek debt crisis and what it means for Europe on this week’s Smart Women, Smart Power podcast.
I Like It Like That
The 6th annual VidCon kicks off today where more than 300 of the most innovative and influential YouTube creators will perform, discuss, and connect with the more than 20,000 attendees in Anaheim, California. You can watch VidCon on, you guessed it, YouTube.
If you read “Smiles” yesterday, you know that yesterday (July 22) would have been my mother’s 71st birthday. We lost my mom, Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz, a few years ago but I am so glad that I can smile and celebrate her birthday in song like we did yesterday.
The coolest part of my mom’s birthday was that none of us (including my grandmother) ever really knew if my mom was born on July 22 or 23. So, we just celebrated both days! And my mom always made it feel like BOTH of her birthdays weren’t about her, but rather about me and my sister.
Therefore today, I’m still celebrating my mom’s birthday but I am changing the tune. She would have laughed at that and loved it!
Two years ago this summer, the Grateful Dead’s late lead guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia would have celebrated his 70th birthday. In honor of Jerry’s 70 th, the Dead’s rhythm guitarist/singer Bob Weir and a group of young, uber-talented musicians performed an amazing concert called “Move me Brightly.”
Here’s Bobby Weir, Grateful Dead backup singer Donna Jean Godchaux, Mike Gordon of Phish and others performing the Dead’s classic “New Speedway Boogie.” It was filmed in a really small place, Weir’s TriStudios in San Rafael, California. It’s known as “the playpen for musicians.” Watch them play and help me say Happy Birthday Mom, again!
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