The Evening CSIS: LA, IAEA, X & More
December 15, 2015
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A Tale of Two Cities
Los Angeles and New York both received bomb threats against their school systems today, prompting Los Angeles to shut down its schools and send pupils home. New York’s schools remained open as officials deemed the threat a hoax, as Reuters’ Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb report.
Dive Deeper: From the November 20 issue of the New York Times, get smart on the NYPD’s new counterterrorism squad.
Gallup has the data on the changing US opinion on terrorism, with one in six citing it as the most important problem facing the United States.
Today marks a turning point in the Iran nuclear deal as the IAEA, the watchdog responsible for tracking Iran’s nuclear program, closed its investigation into the country’s quest for nuclear weapons, as the New York Times’ David Sanger reports. This comes despite the revelation that research did not cease until as recently as 2009. The focus now turns to implementation of the Iran deal.
Dive Deeper: Understand where the deal goes next with our regularly updated JCPOA interactive timeline, from Sharon Squassoni, senior fellow and director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program.
In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, CSIS visiting fellow Simond de Galbert warned that dismissing Iran’s nuclear history may send the wrong message.
In that Number
The number of students that were kept home from school in Los Angeles today due to an anonymous bomb threat.
Source: NBC News.
“The Chinese are rarely flamethrowers.”
—Scott Kennedy, director of the CSIS Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, dismissing fears that China is out to destroy the liberal world order as exaggerated.
Source: Wall Street Journal.
One to Watch
Brig. Gen. Diana Holland has been selected as the first-ever female commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point. Holland previously served as deputy commanding general (support), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY, and has served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Holland graduated from West Point in 1990. For serving her country, Brig. Gen. Holland is one to watch.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited US and coalition airmen at Incirlik Air Base today and observed the F15s, F16s, and an A10 up close. Source: US Department of Defense Twitter.
Today, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure,” a discussion on the role that utilities could play in financing, owning, and operating this infrastructure. And last, catch “Spy Games,” a book event and discussion with author Adam Brookes, former China correspondent at the BBC.
Tomorrow, CSIS will host discussion on “Youth and Security in Africa.” Panelists will explore the ways in which insecurity and violent movements affect African youth, as well as youth-led solutions to these challenges. And, the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group will host a discussion on the findings of the study Unmanned Systems in Homeland Security, which explores the ways homeland security has evolved over the years.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., Richard Stengel, under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, joins New America president and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter to talk about the challenges of statecraft in the age of social media. For more info and to register for the event click here.
CSIS on Demand
The rise of ISIS and other violent extremist groups has focused international attention on the underlying risk factors and risk processes that make young people, in particular, vulnerable to radicalization and recruitment. CSIS hosted a panel of experts on the role of developmental actors in addressing the drivers and manifestations of violent extremism.
Foreign Policy ’s CEO David Rothkopf hosts FP’s The Editor’s Roundtable podcast, along with guests Rosa Brooks and Kori Schake. The latest installation discusses political cultures around the world and debates whether outsiders change America’s own political culture.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Out today, the NYT’s list of top 2015 restaurants (foreign policy has something to do with food in NYC, right?).
We need a smile today. For all the kids who were out of school in Los Angeles (and their parents.)
When I think of LA, I always smile. It's unique among American cites for so many obvious reasons and is such a distinct part of the heartbeat of US culture.
I love LA. Its beaches, its collective style. And there's nothing quite like the "LA cool" that so many iconic people have embodied--especially movie stars and musicians.
It's where you go to make it big. Paul Newman, Scarlett Johansson and Denzel Washington did, just to name a few of my favorite stars. When it comes to music there is so much to smile about.
Today, I thought of one of the most important bands to come out of LA during the 1980s.
X, the influential punk band wasn't just a punk rock group. They blurred the musical genres of rock, country and folk with a punk attitude which also captured LA cool.
Especially on the Sunset Strip where their live shows at the Whiskey a' Go-Go were earth shaking.
I worshiped them from afar and wished I could make the pilgrimage to see them when I was in my teens.
The band's credibility was/is enormous. Ray Manzarek of the Doors produced their first record (simply titled "Los Angeles"). LA rock royalty producing soon to be LA rock royalty.
X's 1985 track "Burning House of Love" is one of my favorites. Here, they perform it live at Farm Aid. Yes, Farm Aid. No other punk band from LA was on the bill. Just X. Because they made a lot of people smile no matter where they were, but always, always in LA.
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