The Evening CSIS: Not Amore, Dakota Pipeline, Couldn't Get it Right & More
December 5, 2016
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Support for Blocked Pipeline
A day after the Obama administration put the brakes on a Midwest oil pipeline by denying a permit needed to finish the route, a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump said the incoming administration supports completing the project, as the Wall Street Journal’s Kris Maher and Will Connors reported late this afternoon.
That's (not) Amore
Italy considers what is next after Matteo Renzi lost the referendum, as the New York Times reports.
Dive Deeper: CFR’s Robert Khan “After the Italian referendum: a treacherous period for banks and growth.”
Running on Empty
New Zealand’s John Key was the second prime minister in the space of a news cycle to announce his plans to resign, not long after his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi said he too was stepping down. But as Vice News’ Tim Hume reports, the decision was motivated by Key’s desire to leave on his own terms.
And, the Wall Street Journal has more on Key’s legacy.
Aixtron SE was left with a narrow path to salvage its sale to Chinese investors when it became apparent that President Obama’s opposition was limited to the sale of the semiconductor-equipment supplier’s US assets. as Bloomberg’s Stefan Nicola reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s John Schaus today authored a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked and answered short papers): “President Obama’s Second Order on CFIUS.”
In That Number
The price for fraudulently obtained US visas and other documents that a fake US embassy in Ghana was charging patrons before it was shuttered by authorities. Source: US State Department.
“Understand that technically, we can’t object to flying bombers near Taiwan if we are flying combat aircraft and reconnaissance aircraft near China. This is simply legal under international law.”
— CSIS’s Anthony H. Cordesman on the controversy surrounding Chinese bombers flying near Taiwan. Source: FOX News.
One to Watch
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.)
Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Nation speaks during an interfaith ceremony at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
“After the Islamic State” by Robin Wright for the New Yorker.
CSIS’s Korea Chair hosted “U.S.-ROK Alliance: Looking Ahead to the New Administration and Beyond.” Speakers included CSIS trustee Richard Armitage; Ahn Ho-Young, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the US; and Mark Lippert, US ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
And CSIS’s Simon Chair hosted “Building the U.S.-Japan Economic Relationship in a New Era.”
Join CSIS’s International Security Program for the PONI 2016 Winter Conference on December 6–7, starting at 9:00 a.m. The two-day conference will feature presentations from emerging nuclear experts and keynote talks from senior experts in the nuclear field.
And join CSIS’s Africa Program at 1:00 p.m. for “The Promise of Youth in Africa,” a discussion of the opportunities and challenges for creating economic growth driven by Africa’s youth.
This Town Tomorrow
Join Brookings at 10:00 a.m. for “NGOs in China: What’s The State Of Non-state Actors Today?”
And join the Atlantic Council at 4:00 p.m. for “Evaluating Western Sanctions on Russia.”
CSIS On Demand
Watch CSIS China experts discuss cross-strait relations under the Tsai Ing-wen administration at Brookings.
“2016 Looms Over France’s Presidential Election” via the CSIS Podcast.
I Like It Like That
Jim VandeHei’s interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher on Axios, his new media startup.
Premium television has taken over the space that American movies once held in our cultural zeitgeist. Bankable movies in Hollywood these days are typically large scale special effect extravaganzas devoid of any societal impact or meaning. Movie soundtracks used to be central to our culture too—“Saturday Night Fever,” “Grease,” “American Graffiti,” “The Graduate,” “Shaft,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Flashdance,” “Purple Rain,” and “Pulp Fiction” to name just a few that dominated our national airwaves and conversation.
By contrast, 2013’s “American Hustle” had a great soundtrack but it wasn’t a hit record and I don’t recall anyone really talking about it.
I think premium television has filled the soundtrack void a bit, but not in album form because albums aren’t an important part of modern life anymore.
And the music of recent or current premium TV shows like “The Sopranos,” “Entourage,” “Shameless,” “Ballers,” “Girls” “Weeds,” and “Breaking Bad” has people checking credits and playlists all the time—who sang that one?
Fortunately, premium shows know they are tapping into something. Most of them keep detailed lists per episode on their websites complete with links to download featured tracks. Some shows put out season-by-season soundtrack compilations. But even those compilations are growing obsolete in the era of streaming and are being replaced by playlists, the neo-soundtracks of our lives.
I’ve been watching HBO’s new series “Divorce,” starring Sarah Jessica-Parker in her first big show since “Sex in the City.”
“Sex in the City” which ran from 1998-2004 defined an era in New York and compiled an episodic soundtrack each week—especially the closing credit tunes which put an explanation point on each episode (my favorite, episode 76, closed with U2’s explosive “Even Better Than The Real Thing.”)
Last night, I watched episode 4 of Divorce on demand. It ended with the Climax Blues Band’s 1976 hit “Couldn’t Get It Right.” It was an ingenious use of an obscure but terrifically groovy forgotten hit. What a smile. So I just had to check out what the band looked like performing their hit.
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