The Evening CSIS: More Support, Vlad’s Year Ender & One More Time
December 16, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today that he came away from meetings with Iraqi leaders with no agreement on the use of Apache attack helicopters or additional military advisers in the battle to retake the key city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants. But, as the AP’s Lolita Baldor reports, Secretary Carter said the US was ready to provide such support if the Iraqis asked.
The LA Times’ Bill Hennigan also filed this report.
CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman on “ More Special Forces For Iraq and Syria: Tactical Asset or Strategic Tokenism ” and “ The Air War Against the Islamic State: The Need for An “Adequacy of Resources .”
CFR’s Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on “ The Challenge of Selling ‘Stay the Course’ .”
Vlad's Year Ender
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a major end-of-the-year press conference on Thursday at noon Moscow time (09:00 GMT), in which he is said to be addressing the nation's economic concerns and issues on the international agenda, as Sputnik News reports.
But what about the war of words Putin has been fighting with Turkey’s Recip Tayyip Erdogan? CSIS’s Bulent Aliriza put together a fascinating piece today on the two leader’s statements since the Turkish shooting down of a Russian plane.
UAVs in Homeland Security
In partnership with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI), CSIS today released a new comprehensive examination of unmanned systems technology. The study, Unmanned Systems in Homeland Security , considered current use of and potential future application for this technology in the homeland security enterprise.
In that Number
The size of the Taiwan-bound arms sale package that the Obama administration authorized today. Source: Reuters.
“Barring a significant increase in the defense budget in the 2020s, something is going to have to give.”
— Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at CSIS’s International Security Program, on the procurement bow wave.
One to Watch
Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo is President Obama’s new deputy national security adviser for international economics. Mr. Adeyemo previously served as deputy director of the National Economic Council and as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s deputy chief of staff.
The New York Times published a photo-rich article about efforts to cure Egypt’s Hepatitis C scourge.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib analyzed last night’s GOP debate in his column this morning, “ In Republican Debate, Tough Talk on Terror Reveals Party’s Rifts .”
Today, CSIS hosted a discussion on " Youth and Security in Africa." Panelists explored 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 hosted a discussion on the findings of the study Unmanned Systems in Homeland Security, which explored how homeland security has evolved over the years.
Tomorrow, CSIS will host a discussion on the results of a new research study on defense contracting, “ Striking the Best Deal: Fixed-Price vs. Cost-Based Contracting .” Watch the event live or join us at 9:00 a.m.
This Town Tomorrow
Also tomorrow, join the Atlantic Council at 8:30 a.m. as they examine what’s next in implementing the Iran nuclear deal. The conference will explore how the implementation of this accord will impact the future of Iran’s nuclear program and the ways in which the lifting of sanctions will alter Iran’s economy. Register here.
CSIS on Demand
Yesterday, CSIS hosted "Spy Games,"a book event and discussion with author Adam Brookes, former China correspondent at the BBC. Through the spy-thriller medium, the reader journeys to the far flung corners of China's global reach.
CSIS’s Energy 101 course was named one of the “Best of 2015” by iTunes U this week.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy (thanks Craig) has a great new podcast series called “ Ways & Means.” I really like it.
Big thanks to all of you who wrote to me yesterday about the Los Angeles band, X. By far, my favorite email of all came from my colleague Jeffrey Rathke who wrote, “I just say it’s about time you broke out of the 70s album-oriented-rock rut, with a contribution about X! Will it be Joe Strummer today?”
Jeff, you made me smile big time! And you’re right, it’s about time that I broke out of the 70s!
But, not with Joe Strummer today. Oh, we’ll get to him. I promise. Instead, let’s talk about Joe Jackson (and I don’t mean Michael’s dad…)
A lot of people compare the British Joe Jackson, who broke into the music scene in March of 1979 with his bouncy, blistering punk rock record, “Look Sharp!” to Elvis Costello. But I don’t. I think Joe Jackson is in a league of his own and “Look Sharp!” is one of rock’s greatest debut records.
Jackson, had it all. Great voice, great look (yes, sharp), attitude and stingingly tight song arrangements which would help define the “New Wave” sound of the 1980s.
Jackson’s, “One More Time,” from “Look Sharp!” is where “New Wave” begins and ends for me. It’s hard to think of a better song.
from German television’s “Rockpalast” (“Rock Palace”) is honestly one of my favorite rock and roll performances ever captured on video. I don’t know how those kids in the audience stayed seated in their chairs!!!
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