The Evening CSIS: Russian Bombs, Ukraine Revisited, Wicked as it Seems & More
October 1, 2015
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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said today at the UN that Moscow isn’t attacking the Syrian opposition, as AP reports.
The New York Times today posted a useful resource: “Mapping the Battle for Syria: Russia Continues Airstrikes on Rebel Areas.”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman today authored a new commentary: “The Long War in Syria: The Trees, the Forest, and All the King’s Men.”
What About Ukraine?
The Guardian reports today that “as Russia ratchets up military action in Syria, the fighting in east Ukraine is winding down. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will meet in Paris on Friday for talks on Ukraine, and while a lasting political solution still seems some way off, there is confidence on all sides that the military action could finally be over.”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Simond de Galbert had a new reportpublished today: A Year of Sanctions against Russia—Now What? A European Assessment of the Outcome and Future of Russia Sanctions.
Since Russia’s official annexation of Crimea, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program has been dedicated to creating a record of the conflict from both sides. Using news stories, videos, and analysis, the team created “The Ukraine Crisis Timeline.” You can view it here and stay current on the latest updates in the region.
In that Number
The number of airstrikes that the US and coalition partners have conducted against targets in Iraq and Syria as of today. Source: Department of Defense
“It’s not a matter of who’s running Syria. What they want is to maintain strategic access in the Mediterranean.”
—CSIS Burke Chair senior fellow Aram Nerguizian on Russia’s actions in Syria.
Source: CBC News.
Ones to Watch
CSIS is pleased to announce that Erskine Bowles, William Daley, Stanley Druckenmiller, Martin Edelman, Elizabeth Holmes, Ronald Kirk, Leon Panetta, Bob Schieffer, and Frances Townsend have joined the CSIS Board of Trustees. We are fortunate to have them join our board as ones to watch over CSIS!
With Russia’s military increasingly in the spotlight, check out these images from Reuters, where Cold War symbolism meets cutting-edge technology.
London’s Chatham House had an extraordinary event this week—they hosted a discussion with HE Hyon Hak-bong, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom, Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In this video, you can see Ambassador Hyon provide a DPRK perspective on the current situation on the Korean peninsula, considering the nuclear issue, the role of the US, and the prospects for regional security.
Today, CSIS hosted Leocadia Zak, director of the US Trade and Development Agency, for a discussion on procurement reform.
CSIS is hosting an international conference with senior opinion makers, policymakers, and officials to look at the prospects for Northeast Asian peace. Speakers will include Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Dr. John Hamre, and ROK ambassador Ahn Ho-Young. CSIS is also hosting a discussion about Thailand’s relations with the major powers and ASEAN.
This Town Tomorrow
The Wilson Center will host a conversation with Bernard Aronson, US special envoy to the Colombian Peace Process, tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
CSIS on Demand
Watch Sinocism’s Bill Bishop and CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser discuss the policy impact of Xi Jinping’s trip on AMTI.
Our own Jim Lewis joins Stewart Baker on Steptoe’s Cyberlaw podcast, where they talk all things China and cybersecurity. Definitely worth a listen.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Mashable, the digital native publication, has this great feature called “ Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine .” I love today’s “Fishing with Johnny Cash,” from May 1959.
Last night you heard an interview where Keith Richards spoke about his desire to create some funk for his new record “Crosseyed Heart.” Then we played that funk for you in the form of his new song, “Substantial Damage.”
It’s not the only funk Keith has created, and his history with funk music has quite a lineage.
My friend, the Rolling Stones’ biographer Stanley Booth told me the other night about sitting with Little Richard in the fall of 1969, watching the Stones tape a show at CBS TV in Los Angeles. Now, let’s see, Little Richard practically invented funk music.
"That Keith is really a funky-lookin’ dude, ain't he," Little Richard said to Stanley Booth. Keith was sporting an earring with a cougar tooth in it at the time.
Bottom line: Keith was funky in ’69, on his new record in 2015 and here in this performance with the X-Pensive Winos in 1993. What a smile.
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