The Evening CSIS: Nominated, Resigned, Sea of Heartbreak & More
November 29, 2016
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New Treasury Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump will name longtime banker and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary, as the Wall Street Journal reported late this afternoon. The Journal also reports that Trump will name Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary.
Assad to take Aleppo
Syria and its allies aim to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office, as Reuters reports late this afternoon.
Dive Deeper: The Washington Institute’s Hanin Ghaddar writes in a new analysis that “Iran May Be Using Iraq and Syria as a Bridge to Lebanon.”
President Park Geun-hye of South Korea said today that she was willing to resign before her term ends, in an effort to head off a pending impeachment vote over a devastating corruption scandal, as the New York Times reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS's Evan Ramstad in a recent analysis points out that, “South Korea’s President Park, Who Tried to Correct the Mistakes of Her Father, Ends up Trapped by Them.”
In That Number
According to data released today, the average home price in the United States for the first time surpassed the previous record—set in July 2006—by 0.1%. Source: WSJ.
“It is a red flag. It’s not a deal killer, but deals like this sometimes run into roadblocks.”
—CSIS’s James A. Lewis on a controversial deal between a US-based semiconductor manufacturer and entities that Reuters reports are connected to the Chinese government. Source: Reuters.
One to Watch
Andrew Shearer is the director of CSIS’s Alliances and American Leadership Project, which launched yesterday. Andrew previously served as national security adviser to Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott of Australia. Today, he joined the Wall Street Journal to discuss, “Why America Needs Alliances.”
(Photo credit: YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)
An American Airlines pilot upon arrival at Jose Marti International Airport yesterday in the first Miami-Havana commercial flight in 50 years.
Two of the brightest minds in North Korea policy, Victor Cha and Amb. Robert L. Galucci, today released “Toward a New Policy and Strategy Toward North Korea” a new report on how to deal with the Hermit Kingdom. The report was launched today at a George W. Bush Institute Forum, which is available to watch on demand and a transcript is available here.
CSIS’s China Power Project hosted the first ChinaPower Conference, featuring a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power and a keynote speech from Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK).
And CSIS’s Global Food Security Project hosted the report launch of Herding Livestock Programs toward Nutrition.
Join CSIS’s Africa Program and Human Rights Initiative at 10:00 a.m. for “Effective Strategies for Reducing Political Violence: New Evidence from Select Case Studies in Africa” for a discussion on effective programmatic approaches to countering violent extremism in Africa.
And join CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program at 2:00 p.m. for “The Future of Power Generation: A New Era for Renewables.”
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Wilson Center at 9:00 a.m. for “Innovation in Emerging Markets” for a discussion of the forces and drivers that shape innovation in emerging markets and the public policies involved.
Join the US Institute of Peace at 9:00 a.m. for “Resisting the Lure of Violent Extremism.”
CSIS On Demand
The International Energy Agency presented its World Energy Outlook 2016 at CSIS in November. Recap the event here.
What to know about Nikki Haley, the next US ambassador to the UN, via Global Dispatches.
I Like It Like That
Our Twitter address @CSIS hit 200,000 followers today. Big shout out to Ryan Sickles who sent CSIS’s first tweet in March 2011 and talked me into this whole Twitter thing to begin with.
Johnny Cash’s image could be added to Mount Rushmore. If there was a Rushmore for American musicians he’d be first among equals. His music makes me smile and sometimes I get a bit emotional about it too. His eldest daughter Rosanne Cash and her husband John Leventhal performed this version of “Sea of Heartbreak” and it’s somewhere between a smile and a tear.
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