The Evening CSIS: Korean Pop, Terrorism Roundup, Sunshine of Your Love & More
January 7, 2016
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Korean Pop Barrage
South Korea blasted anti-North Korea propaganda along the border today, sending a mixture of K-Pop music, denunciation of the North’s nuclear program, and criticism of leader Kim Jong Un, as USA Today reports.
While not classifying the shooting as a terrorist attack, Philadelphia police said today that the man arrested after shooting and wounding a police officer in an ambush in West Philadelphia Thursday night confessed he acted "in the name of Islam,” as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Meanwhile, Israeli intelligence officers today killed Nashat Milhem in his hometown of Arara in northern Israel, after he tried to fire on them, ending a days-long pursuit of the terrorist behind three murders in Tel Aviv, as the Jerusalem Post reports.
In Germany, Deutsche Welle reports that authorities identified some suspects in the Cologne New Year's Eve attacks as asylum seekers from Syria.
In Libya, BBC reports that ISIS says it was behind a bomb attack which targeted a police training center in Libya on Thursday, killing at least 65 people.
In Egypt, CNN reports two men with knives attacked at least three guests and threatened others at a hotel in the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada, the country's Ministry of Interior said today.
And, in Paris, Prosecutor Francois Molins cast doubt on the identity of a man shot dead by police in the capital on Thursday, as authorities sought to establish whether he was acting alone or with support, asRe uters reports.
Dive Deeper: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Matthew Levitt today published an op-ed in the Washington Post, “ America may have unlocked a key to fighting terrorism — and it doesn’t involve drones.”
In that Number
US and coalition airstrikes killed an estimated 2,500 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria during December 2015.
Source: United States Pentagon.
“Can something be done other than what has been the strategy, frankly, of strategic patience?”—Juan Zarate, CSIS senior adviser, on the challenge of curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
Source: CBS News.
One to Watch
Neil Western (@Westyhk) has been promoted to Asia business editor at the Wall Street Journal. Neil previously served as WSJ’s deputy Asia business editor and spent many years with Bloomberg and Agence France-Presse. For the latest business news out of Asia, Neil is one to watch.
For a look at life in the Korean DMZ, check out Reuters’ photo essay.
USA Today’s “Year in Defense.”
This Town Monday
Join the National Committee on US-China relations on Monday at 5:00 p.m. as they host former US defense secretaries Harold Brown and William Cohen, both CSIS counselors and trustees, along with William Perry and Chuck Hagel. Panelists will reflect on their experiences as leaders and lessons learned, as well as suggestions for the future of the US-China security relationship.
CSIS on Demand
The CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted Paul Bodnar, senior director for energy and climate change at the White House, and Richard Duke, deputy director for energy and climate change at the White House. Panelists discussed what was achieved at the Paris climate talks and what comes next for domestic energy and climate policy in the United States.
Heather Conley, CSIS senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, discusses the geopolitics and geoeconomics of the Arctic, as well as Russia’s activities and US interests in the region. Catch it on the latest Smart Women, Smart Power podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
An interview with Kim Jong Un’s sushi chef…c’mon, really. Yes, really.
We’ve been talking about Robert Stigwood all week and his impact on modern music. “Saturday Night Fever” was one of the major musical revolutions he launched. As major as it was, Stigwood launched an even bigger revolution, the first rock and roll super group—Cream.
Comprised of Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums, Cream literally blew up what modern music sounded like when they hit the scene in 1966. Without Cream, there would have been no hard rock, psychedelia or heavy metal to follow.
The intensity of the band has rarely been equaled by anyone since. Bruce and Baker were apocalyptic musicians with volcanic tempers, colossal egos and had the talent to back it up. Many even consider Baker the greatest rock drummer of all time. It’s hard to argue that he isn’t.
Clapton, of course, was even bigger than Bruce and Baker. And he couldn’t stand the tension between his two mates. They weren’t a happy trio. Stigwood used to tell Clapton, “Give it one more week…”
It’s a good thing Clapton did. The band may have hated each other, but they’ve made a lot of people smile for a long time. This excellent clip underscores why.
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