The Evening CSIS: Obama’s Turkey Talk, FARC Ceasefire, Days Like This & More
August 29, 2016
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Obama's Turkey Talk
The US today urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the ISIS. But Turkey’s president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until ISIS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara, as the AP reports.
And, as Reuters reports, President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan will meet in China on September 4.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Rebecca Hersman has authored a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked & answered short papers), “Unpacking Syria’s Chemical Weapons Problem.”
A definitive bilateral cease-fire went into effect today in Colombia as the country’s largest rebel group began the process of congregating its forces while notifying the United Nations and the government of their locations.
This is the first step leading to the ultimate disarmament of 7,000 fighters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a one-time tiny peasant movement that over the decades morphed into a Marxist guerrilla group that aimed to take power, as The Wall Street Journal’s Juan Forero and Kejal Vyas report.
Latest Blow to Yemen
ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing today in Yemen that killed more than 50 people and provided the latest, brutal blow to an Arabian Peninsula nation besieged by war and poverty, as USA Today’s John Bacon reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman authored a recent commentary, "U.S. Wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen: What Are The Endstates?"
In That Number
The 10,000th Syrian refugee will be resettled in the United States this week. Source: AP.
“China has never fought a modern war and no amount of sophisticated training guarantees successful implementation on a hot battlefield.”
— CSIS’s Anthony H. Cordesman in “China’s Evolving Military Strategy and the Reorganization of the People’s Liberation Army.” Source: National Interest.
One to Watch
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Christopher Sands (@sandsatcsis) is a non-resident senior associate with CSIS’s Americas Program. Sands is also a senior research professor and director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the G. Robert Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University. Read Chris’s latest piece in the Hill, “Will the US and Canada start a trade war over lumber?”
(Photo Credit: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images.)
Indian police pursue Kashmiri protesters during deadly clashes in Srinagar on August 29, 2016.
“The Nuclear Cost Debate Gets Even Uglier” by CSIS’s Todd Harrison via the National Interest.
CSIS and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) hosted the “US-India Innovation Forum” in New Delhi. The Innovation Forum is a unique initiative of the US and Indian governments to promote entrepreneurial culture and innovation partnerships in the US and India.
CSIS’s Transnational Threats Project hosted “Counterterrorism Challenges: Improving Information Exchange Between Allies,” featuring Mr. H.W.M. Schoof, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands.
Join us tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. for the launch of Jay Solomon’s new book, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Heritage Foundation at 11:00 a.m. for “The Clock Is Ticking: The Defense Agenda for Congress’s Last Few Months.”
And join the Stimson Center at 2:00 p.m. for “Rising Pessimism About The China-U.S. Relationship: Will Taiwan Benefit?”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS’s International Security Program hosted “The Missile Defense Agency and the Color of Money” in July to discuss the growing defense budget squeeze.
Listen to the latest Brookings Cafeteria podcast, “The case for trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
I Like It Like That
I really, really like George Washington University’s new student run “Media File” an online news publication devoted to the evolution of journalism. media news and criticism.
There’s a terrific organization called Playing for Change whose mission is to inspire and connect the world through music. I love what they are doing and you can learn more about them at https://playingforchange.com/.
Playing for Change has a video series called “Live Outside” and its newest video features Australian soul singer Genevieve Chadwick performing Van Morrison’s “Days Like This.” I bet it will make you smile.
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