The Evening CSIS: Russian Rooting, TPP DOA, Oasis & More
November 9, 2016
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A striking change came over Moscow just hours after Donald Trump’s surprise election: suddenly, the Russian capital was a hotbed of zealous supporters of the US electoral process, as the Washington Post’s David Filipov and Andrew Roth report.
Dive Deeper: The Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe is the most downloaded report published this year by CSIS. It’s a must-read.
Chance for Peace
Donald Trump’s election as US president could provide fresh momentum for ending Syria’s six-year-old civil war, the president of the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said today, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman penned a new commentary today: “Raqqa, Mosul, and the Long War.”
Also see CFR’s interactive Global Conflict Tracker on the civil war in Syria for reporting on recent developments.
Politico ’s Doug Palmer today reports that analysts see “No hope for TPP” after Trump’s win.
Dive Deeper: The Peterson Institute has a comprehensive report published in September, “Assessing Trade Agendas in the US Presidential Campaign.”
South Korean president Park Geun-hye said she hopes the US continues to cooperate with her country after the election of Donald Trump, including on the North Korean issue.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Victor Cha today authored a commentary: “Trump and the US-ROK Alliance.”
In That Number
The number of points by which the Dow rose today. Source: CNBC.
“The main body of ISIS forces in Mosul may be defeated, but this will only be a prelude to what will be a different and much longer fight.”
—CSIS’s Anthony H. Cordesman on “Raqqa, Mosul, and the Long War.”
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: PBS.org)
James Kitfield (@JamesKitfield) is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) and a senior correspondent for the National Journal. Tomorrow, I’m moderating a discussion with James about his new book, Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War. Watch live or on demand here.
(Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images.)
President Obama makes a statement on the election results as Vice President Biden listens in the Rose Garden at the White House today.
“6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win” via the New York Times.
CSIS’s Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies hosted the first sectoral event of the U.S.-India Innovation Forum, which focused on Innovation in Healthcare.
Join CSIS’s International Security Program at 9:30 a.m. for “Keeping Chemical Weapons Out of the Hands of Terrorists.”
Join CSIS’s Africa Program at 2:30 p.m. for “Addressing Violent Extremism in the Sahel: The Role of Civil Society.”
And join us at 5:30 p.m. for the book launch of Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War , by James Kitfield, senior correspondent for the National Journal.
This Town Tomorrow
Join Johns Hopkins SAIS at 8:30 a.m. for “The 2016 Presidential Election and US-Japan Relations.”
Join the Atlantic Council at 9:00 a.m. for “Continuity and Change: Al-Shabaab’s Media Insurgency.”
And join the Wilson Center at 2:00 p.m. for “Insecurity and Militancy in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS hosted a Maritime Security Dialogue with Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, “Dark Waters: Threat Networks and Maritime Security,” to discuss the likely changes in US maritime forces over the next 10 to 15 years. Watch the event on demand here.
Checkout the latest episode of the ChinaPower podcast: "China’s 6th Plenum in Review: A Conversation with Bill Bishop."
I Like It Like That
Check out “From the reporter’s notebook,” a new CSIS partnership with the Nikkei Asian Review for our Reconnecting Asia micro-website.
The new Oasis documentary “Supersonic” is a fantastic rock doc chronicling the first two years of the iconic British band’s rise in the early 1990s. One of the greatest selling rock groups off all time, fans of the band crave a reunion. The band broke up in 2009 due to the acrimonious relationship between brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher but the years explored in “Supersonic” are the glory days—including performing before 500,000 screaming fans at Knebworth.
The archival footage and previously unseen photos of the band are satisfying, but the technique of off camera interviews utilized by director Mat Whitecross is what I liked most. Liam and Noel never appear on camera as talking heads. You hear their story through their own words but via audio only while rich footage of the band hums along visually. Oasis was an incredibly visual band and talking head interviews wouldn’t have served them well.
Now the only question is: when’s the reunion tour so we can watch them do their thing live?
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