The Evening CSIS March 19 2015
March 19, 2015
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ISIS Claims Responsibility
ISIS claimed responsibility for yesterday’s horrific attack in Tunis and warned that more attacks are to come, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Meanwhile, a UN panel accused ISIS of genocide in their attempt to destroy the Yazidi population in Iraq, the New York Times reports.
Dive Deeper: New America Foundation vice president Peter Bergen published a CNN commentary today: “Attack hit Tunisia where it hurt.”
CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman issued a commentary this week, “The Real Strategic Goal in Iraq and Syria: How Do You Bring Lasting Stability?”
CSIS’s Haim Malka published a commentary yesterday on the Tunis attack explaining that Tunisia has been “particularly vulnerable to recruitment by radical groups.”
More from Malka: In “Tunisia: Confronting Extremism,” chapter 4 of the CSIS book Religious Radicalism after the Arab Uprisings released in December, Malka analyzes the challenge that religious radicalism poses to Tunisia’s political transition.
Crimea After One Year
Ukraine and Germany called for new talks on the Minsk cease-fire as Russia accused Ukraine of putting peace at risk, Bloomberg reports.
Dive Deeper: Since Russia’s official annexation of Crimea one year ago this week, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program has been dedicated to creating a record of the conflict from both sides. Using news stories, videos, and analysis the team created “The Ukraine Crisis Timeline.”
With over 520 posts and 100,000 words, The Ukraine Crisis Timeline has been viewed by more than 50,000 people. You can view it here and stay current on the latest updates in the region.
Plus, CSIS’s Andrew Kuchins published a new commentary: “Crimea One Year On: Where Does Russia Go Now?"
In addition, Carnegie has posted “The Best of Carnegie Analysis: One Year After the Annexation of Crimea.” And, the Atlantic Council has a great resource in the “Ukraine Initiative.
Asian Defense Examined
China and Japan held their first bilateral security talks in over four years today in Tokyo and as expected made little progress on key issues such as the creation of a communication mechanism for encounters at sea and in the air. On Saturday, the foreign ministers of Japan, China, and South Korea are set to meet in Seoul for the first time in three years. Reuters has this report.
Dive Deeper: The CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative ( AMTI) has released the latest issue (#10) of its web-based interactive magazine.
Issue number 10 focuses on defense budget transformation in maritime Asia, with special focus on Japan and Taiwan.
In that Number
The number of people killed in the top 20 deadliest wars in 2014.
Source : Project for the Study of the 21st Century.
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: Why is the United States so concerned about the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?
Answered: Amy Studdart, deputy director and fellow with the CSIS William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy: On paper, the U.S. government’s criticisms of the AIIB have been about the details; specifically, the White House has consistently said that it has concerns about whether the AIIB will meet the standards set by the World Bank and other regional development banks. This is informed in part by conversations with Chinese counterparts in which U.S. officials have been struck by the lack of detail about governance structures and lending guidelines. In addition, China has had a mixed track record when it comes to infrastructure investment. Many of its investments in developing countries have paid little heed to labor standards, environmental impacts, debt sustainability, and capacity building. The U.S. government has thus decided to withhold support unless those concerns are addressed. The new AIIB members argue that the way to ensure that the bank meets those standards is by playing an active role in shaping them.
Another concern the U.S. government has is that Beijing is establishing a parallel set of institutions in the global economy in which China is at the center rather than integrating into existing institutions. However, U.S. officials have wisely abstained from framing it as a criticism of China. Despite repeated calls from the international community, the process of reforming the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to better reflect the weight that China and other emerging economies now have in the world has been slow or, in the case of the ADB, resisted. IMF reform is a particular sticking point. Reforms that would give the IMF more capital and allow China a greater say in decisionmaking have been held up by the U.S. Congress for four years.
One to Watch
Fox News Channel’s chief Washington correspondent and host of The Foxhole, James Rosen ( @JamesRosenFNC). Author of the critically acclaimed book The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate, Rosen’s articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Playboy, and National Review, among many other periodicals. Rosen’s interview with former vice president Dick Cheney appears in the April edition of Playboy. Here, for Foxnews.com, Rosen details the backstory of interviewing Mr. Cheney—a process that yielded 10 hours of taped interviews and a transcript of 300 single-spaced pages, encompassing roughly 80,000 words of text.
A soldier runs off the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter, while conducting a simulated combat dive mission in the water off of Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo, Hawaii, March 16, 2015. The solder is assigned to 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brittney Vella.
CSIS Senior Adviser Richard McCormack has a new commentary making the rounds among economists and policy insiders: “Financial, Trade, and Currency Instabilities: Rising Concerns.”
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
Addressing Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s negative second-term outlook, CSIS hosted a frank discussion on Brazil’s economic challenges and the country’s potential to overcome them. Click here to watch “What’s in Store for Brazil?”
Representative Robert Dold (R-IL) joined CSIS for a discussion on the Export-Import Bank’s contribution to small businesses, the US economy, and the role of Congress in supporting the bank.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town-so little time. Of note:
The Heritage Foundation will host an event on “U.S.-Taiwan Relations Post-Elections” to look at both the impact of Taiwan’s recent elections and its relation with the 114th Congress. Click here to RSVP.
CSIS on Demand
On Tuesday, Secretary Sally Jewell joined CSIS for a conversation about the Department of Interior’s energy priorities for the next two years. Be sure to check out this five-minute highlight video on how the US can best use its resources.
Listen to the FT discuss the dramatic changes in the world’s currency markets—making a trip to Europe that much more enticing—on their Hard Currency podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
Washington Post tech reporter Brian Fung points out “The most popular government Web sites, ranked.”
C-SPAN’s morning call-in show, Washington Journal, is an institution in this town. For the past 20 years, it has cultivated a folksy format in which policymakers, thought leaders, and journalists talk about the news of the day and interact with callers from across the country. It’s no secret to veteran Washington Journal viewers that some of the call-ins ask wacky questions on the air—it’s part of the show’s charm. Producer/host Pedro Echevarria, who has been with the program since 2002, probably thought he had seen/heard just about every crazy question imaginable. Until yesterday, when this “fresh” caller dialed in.
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