The Evening CSIS March 31 2015
March 31, 2015
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Iran Deal Close?
With hopes of a nuclear deal pinned on a March 31 deadline, it looks like we will have to wait until tomorrow for word of any deal. The New York Times has the latest on the extension of the talks.
Dive Deeper: CSIS Visiting Fellow Simond DeGalbert, a former member of the French P5+1 negotiating team, cautions in Politico that any Iran deal would be just the beginning, and clear enforcement mechanisms are needed.
In an historic election, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan by nearly 3 million votes in Nigeria. As Reuters reports, this makes him the first Nigerian opposition leader to defeat a sitting president through democratic means.
So far, the results have been received with nonviolent celebration. President Jonathan has reportedly spoken to General Buhari to congratulate him on his victory, and both have made security their top priority.
Dive Deeper: CNN offers an excellent profile on who Muhammadu Buhari is and how he rose to prominence in Nigeria.
In that Number
Percentage of Americans who would support a deal that would lift sanctions in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program.
Source : Washington Post.
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: What should we make of Nigeria’s election, and what lies ahead?
Answered: CSIS Africa Program deputy director Richard Downie: It has been a watershed day in Africa’s democratic development. Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in Nigeria’s presidential election means that Africa’s largest democracy is poised to witness its first democratic transfer of power from one party to another. If this transfer is accomplished smoothly and peacefully, incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan will deserve an elevated place in Nigeria’s history. By conceding defeat to his opponent in a phone call when it became clear that the result had gone against him, he behaved like a statesman and set an important example to some of his more hotheaded supporters that the nation’s stability is more important than the pursuit of political party ambitions.
This turn of events was far from inevitable. Nigeria’s election period has been a fraught, bruising contest fought in an atmosphere of high tension. It has sharpened very real divisions in the country—regional, ethnic, and religious. For the incoming president, the task of promoting national reconciliation will be perhaps his most urgent priority on taking office. In this task, he can be heartened by the national pride shown by the millions of Nigerian people who exercised their democratic rights over the past weekend, the calm, professional way in which the voting process was handled by Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, and the hard work of the army of civil society organizations and volunteers whose efforts helped strengthen the integrity of the process.
Election season is not over yet. In less than two weeks’ time, Nigerians will return to the polls to elect new state governors and representatives. For once, they can enter this new round of contests in a mood of optimism rather than trepidation.
One to Watch
Carrie Hessler-Radelet is director of the Peace Corps and a leading voice in empowering volunteers and ensuring their protection abroad. She will be joining CSIS this Thursday to discuss culture changes at the Peace Corps and new policies to report and prevent sexual assault.
Popular Science today published "Smart Drones And Cheap Missiles Could Work Together To Win Future Wars." Read the plans DARPA has for their new "system of systems" approach.
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
CSIS released the results of a two-year study on China’s economic decisionmaking, intended to help inform US economic strategy toward a rapidly changing China. The rollout included a powerful keynote by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright.
Click here for the full report Navigating Choppy Waters: China's Economic Decision-Making at a Time of Transition.
CSIS hosted the launch of a new World Bank report, Do African Children Have an Equal Chance?, which is an important look at the changing opportunities for children in Africa.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ tomorrow.
The Honorable Brad Carson, Under Secretary of the Army, will discuss the U.S. Army’s vision for the role of landpower and innovation in future operations. Join us at 10:30 a.m.
CSIS will host an all-star panel of cyber experts to discuss the role of information sharing in improving cybersecurity for government and business without putting the privacy of individuals at risk. Join us at 12:30 p.m. for a keynote by Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, National Security Council. Click here for the full lineup.
This Town Tomorrow
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
The Atlantic Council will host an event on “Global Trends in Renewable Energy: Disruptive Technologies in an Age of Uncertainty” with Achim Steiner,UN under secretary general and executive director of the UN Environment Programme. Click here to RSVP or watch live at 12:30 p.m.
CSIS on Demand
The CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues recently hosted a live debate on what to do if the Iran nuclear talks fail. Should the P5+1 take immediate action against Iran if no agreement is reached? Click here to find out.
CSIS Senior Fellow Murray Hiebert discusses the future of Singapore following the death of Lee Kuan Yew on this week’s CogitAsia Podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
Amazon just announced a new Dash Replenishment Service that will turn regular homes into “smart homes.” With the push of a button, key household items can be replenished in just two days, and other products may just be smart enough to replenish themselves. Here’s how it works.
Drones make news in Washington for landing illegally on the White House lawn and of course for military purposes. But in Ireland, one tech-savvy farmer figured out another use: herding sheep! Take a look.
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