The Evening CSIS March 10 2015
March 10, 2015
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Police in Myanmar beat students, monks, and journalists with batons and detained about 100 people on Tuesday as they broke up protests calling for academic freedom, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia blog, CogitAsia, published a commentary: “Suppression on Myanmar’s Streets Should Be a Serious U.S. Concern.”
Annie Gowen of the Washington Post has this excellent explainer, “Here’s why students in Burma are suddenly taking to the streets.”
British foreign secretary Philip Hammond said today that Russia could prove the biggest threat to the security of the United Kingdom and one day pose as great a threat to Britain’s security as it did during the Cold War, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Dive Deeper: Today, CSIS held an event on “Russia’s Hybrid War Campaign: Implications for Ukraine and Beyond.” The event featured Dr. Phillip Karber, a former DOD official and veteran defense analyst, who discussed Russia’s “hybrid warfare” campaign in eastern Ukraine. Karber has traveled repeatedly to eastern Ukraine during the present conflict and has spoken first-hand with a number of the participants. Video of the event can be viewed ON DEMAND.
Tomorrow, watch CSIS live at 9:00 a.m. (or at your convenience ON DEMAND) as UK secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon delivers remarks on transatlantic security cooperation and the United Kingdom’s defense policies.
In that Number
Number of homes Qatar says it will begin rebuilding in Gaza.
Source : Al Arabiya.
Our signature "Asked & Answered" series
Asked: What does the attack on Ambassador Lippert in South Korea say about the current state of US-ROK relations?
Answered: Victor Cha, Korea Chair at CSIS: The relationship between the US and Korea remains solid and the outpouring of support for the United States following the attack is encouraging. Ambassador Lippert is well liked in Korea and has handled this horrific attack with grace and strength. Polls show that Koreans regularly top the list of countries that support the United States, with almost 90% favorability in some cases. And despite the attacker’s reference to ongoing US-ROK military exercises, the vast majority of Koreans (on the street, elite, and in business) see the annual exercises as defensive, routine, and critical to national security. What is alarming, however, is how the episode has played in Korea domestically, with opposing sides using the incident for political points-scoring.
One to Watch
Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM) is president & CEO of the New America Foundation. She is a former Princeton professor, former head of policy planning at the State Department, and one of the greats on Twitter. CSIS’s featured guest for our Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series today, Dr. Slaughter is one to watch.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, right, and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meet in Baghdad, March 9, 2015. Department of Defense photo by D. Myles Cullen.
Our Strategic Technologies Program has a newreport, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, with recommendations on how the government and private sector can better react to increasingly diverse cyber threats.
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
Anne-Marie Slaughter joined CSIS for a Smart Women, Smart Power discussion on “Integrating a ‘People-Centered’ Approach to Foreign Policy.” Touching on all the major foreign policy issues of the day, Dr. Slaughter emphasized that “The best strategy against terrorism in the long term, is development.” And with a focus on human rights, she made the comparison that “Syria is the Rwanda of this administration.”
What’s in store at CSIS HQ on Wednesday.
The CSIS Global Health Policy Center will host “Advancing Universal Health Coverage through Smart Choices,” a discussion of coverage policy options with international experts, including Jimmy Kolker, US Department of Health and Human Services. Join us at 8:30 a.m.
British secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon joins CSIS for a Statesmen’s Forum on transatlantic security cooperation and the United Kingdom’s defense policies during a time of great international uncertainty. Click here to RSVP or watch live at 9:00 a.m.
The CSIS Africa Program will launch a new report, The State of African Resilience: Understanding Dimensions of Vulnerability and Adaptation, which identifies major dimensions of resilience from the perspective of more than a dozen vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Join us at 2:00 p.m.
The CSIS Korea Chair will hold a discussion on South Korea’s role and efforts in global humanitarian development, featuring Ambassador Kim Young-mok, president of the Korea International Cooperation Agency. Watch live at 10:30 a.m.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town-so little time. Of note:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear from Secretary Kerry, Secretary Carter, and General Dempsey on “The President’s Request for Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts.” The public hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in Dirksen 106.
The Atlantic Council will host Nigerian intelligence officials for an “Update on Security in Nigeria and the Campaign against Boko Haram.” Click here to RSVP or watch live at 10:00 a.m.
CSIS on Demand
Vice President Biden penned an op-ed in The Hill today on “Investing in a secure, stable Central America.” The Veep calls for $1 billion in assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to help develop programs that will ensure prosperity in the region and prevent another flood of migrant children. This is what Guatemalan president Molina and Honduran president Hernández had to say on the topic at a CSIS Statesmen’s Forum in July.
Yesterday, the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women announced its actions to achieve greater gender equality and women’s empowerment through 2030.PRI talks to those that were involved in the first Platform of Action, 20 years ago in Beijing, to look at how far global women’s rights have come and how far they have to go.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
A business-management firm called Domo asks the question, “How much data is created on the web every minute?,” and answers with this amazing infographic called “Data Never Sleeps 2.0.” Some highlights: 240 million e-mails, 4M Google search, 2.5M Facebook shares, 48K app downloads, and 72 hours of new videos.
Last week we showed you 90-years-young WWII vet Claude Bratcher who sledded down a snowy hill in eastern Tennessee. And, we smiled at two octogenarians who jam klezmer music with the best of them. Today we bring you 95-years-young Charles Eugster who shattered the 200-meter indoor record for runners in his age group on Sunday at the British Masters Athletics meeting in London. You’ve got to see this.
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