The Evening CSIS: Putin in Tehran, NK Cyber Ops, Black Water & More
November 23, 2015
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Putin in Tehran
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, today hosted Russian president Vladimir Putin in Tehran for talks focused on Syria. Khamenei told Putin that US policies in the Middle East were a threat to both of their nations, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: This week French president Francois Hollande visits Moscow and Washington in search of commitments for a “large and unique coalition” to defeat ISIS, as CSIS’s Simon de Galbert writes for the Wall Street Journal.
Preventing Another Ebola Crisis
In recent months, numerous groups of health experts have gathered to debate how to prevent another crisis like the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as theNew York Times’ Sheri Fink reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Steve Morrison contributed “After the Ebola Catastrophe” to CSIS’s 2016 Global Forecast.
And, on December 2, CSIS will host theUS rollout of the final report of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Independent Panel to analyze the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak.
North Korea's Cyber Ops
Cybersecurity is in the news daily. Today, Government Computer News’ John Bradley had an interesting piece on “5 ways the U.S. government can get security right.”
Dive Deeper: Today, CSIS’s Victor Cha and James Andrew Lewis published the “Executive Summary” of a new report that is unique in the study of cyber security: North Korea's Cyber Operations: Strategy and Responses.
“Washington needs to understand that it will not stay immune to catastrophic consequences of Syria’s war.”
—Simond de Galbert, visiting fellow with the CSIS Europe Program.
Source: Wall Street Journal.
One to Watch
Alberto Riva (@Albertoriva) is the managing editor of VICE News. Alberto previously served as senior world news editor at International Business Times and as a journalist atIl Sole 24 Ore, Italy’s largest business newspaper. As Vice continues to reinvent the world news landscape, Alberto is one to watch. ( Photo Credit: LinkedIn.)
Quartz has these photos of an empty Brussels on lockdown this weekend, after the city became the center of the investigation into the terror attacks in Paris.
Robert Kagan’s Saturday essay for the Wall Street Journal, “The Crisis of World Order.” (Thanks to my dad for pointing me to this one.)
CSIS on Demand
Earlier this year, CSIS hosted Graeme Wood, author of “ What ISIS Really Wants,” for an illuminating discussion on the Islamic State’s ideology, its strategy, and its goals. Catch the discussion here.
How can intelligence agencies track ISIS as its threat spreads from Syria and Iraq? Find out on this week’s CSIS Podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
The Wall Street Journal today published (and will all week) a multimedia series on demography that will look at how we will work, age, and live.
The Doobie Brothers are one of my all-time favorite bands. They just make me smile. They’ve got it all. Even a guitarist named “Skunk” (Skunk Baxter). The group has spanned the decades with hits, selling over 40 million records and still performing.
But I think they were never better than with their 1974 masterpiece “Black Water.”
Written by Patrick Simmons about his first visit to New Orleans, the song spoke to me long before I ever even thought about attending Tulane University.
Bouncing along in the back of my mom’s station-wagon on the way to swim practice (wood paneling and all) with “Black Water” grooving on the radio was as good as it got. As long as I live I will never forget the song’s most brilliant verse:
“Well if it rains, I don't care/Don't make no difference to me/Just take that street car that's goin' Uptown.”
Not too many lyrics in music make me smile more than that verse (not to mention the hundreds of times I have actually taken that street car that’s goin’ Uptown all the way to Tulane and beyond where the Mississippi River bends.)
Here’s my favorite performance of “Black Water.” Check out Skunk on pedal steel guitar—he looks like one of the Muppets. “Roll black water, keep on rollin’/Mississippi moon won’t you keep on shinin’ on me.”
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