The Evening CSIS: Russians are Flying, Cyber Sleuths, Substantial Damage & More
September 30, 2015
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Russian airstrikes began in Syria today, touching off criticisms in Washington and making the situation in Syria even more complex, as theWashington Post reports.
And, as Defense One reports, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today that the US won’t be clearing the skies over Syria for Russia.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Paul Schwartz (no relation) authored a new commentary today, “Syria—A New Russian Asymmetric Challenge,” in which he writes that, “Now in Syria, Russia has pulled off another coup. By the simple expedient of inserting Russia military forces into Syria, President Putin has managed to turn U.S. policy on its head, effectively shoring up Bashar al-Assad, complicating U.S. efforts to fight ISIS, while simultaneously ensuring that Russia’s interests are taken into account in any future settlement.”
Another important resource: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman this week authored a new commentary: “Rethinking the Wars Against ISIS and the U.S. Strategy for Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency.”
And, Chatham House’s Neil Quilliam today authored “Five Reasons Why Including Assad in a ‘Managed Transition’ Will Fail.
Also, ICYMI, CFR’s Richard Hass this week had an op-edpublished in the Financial Times: “Putin Is Exploiting a Vacuum Left by the West.”
One more must-see resource is the superb website “ Syria Deeply.”
The FBI is looking to enlist teenagers in its fight against cyber crime, the Financial Times reported today.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis today testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Cyber War: Definitions, Deterrence, and Foreign Policy.” Dr. Lewis’s statement can be downloaded here.
In that Number
President Obama and the 100,000 Strong Initiative recently announced a goal to see 1,000,000 American students studying Mandarin by 2020.
Source: 100,000 Strong Initiative.
“Advanced cyber attacks can produce effects equivalent to an attack using a bomb or missile.”
—James A. Lewis, director of the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program, testifying today before the House Foreign Affairs Committee
One to Watch
Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) will be joining Reuters this month as a cyber and surveillance policy reporter. Dustin is an alum of the National Journal, where he was a tech correspondent since 2013. Photo Credit: Defense One
The BBC mixes graphics, video, and on the ground imagery to tell the story of today’s reported Russian air strikes.
Brookings released a new “ Brookings Essay” today by Bruce Riedel: “The Prince of Counter-Terrorism.”
Andres Velasco, former Chilean finance minister and presidential candidate, joined CSIS for a discussion on what’s next for Chile, as the nation continues to struggle with political and economic issues. And, watch as panelists discussed “Outcomes of Recent Defense Acquisition Reform: Lessons for the Future.” Finally, the CSIS Japan Chair hosted Tomomi Inada, chairperson of the Policy Research Council, Democratic Party of Japan, who gave her insight on the political challenges ahead for Japan.
Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., join CSIS for a panel discussion focusing on the USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative. Panelists will provide insight into the ways in which GPI and other efforts can engage local governments and US corporations abroad. Register or watch live.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the World Bank tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. as it launches its new report Progres s of the World’s Wo me n 2 015-2016. The report draws on experiences around the world to propose a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors to make gender equality a reality around the world.
CSIS on Demand
As the world watches Russia ramp up its military activities in the Middle East, its objectives and strategies for the region remain unclear. Long-time Russia experts Michael Kofman and Stephen Blank explored these developments last week at CSIS, including their implications for the region; you can catch their in-depth analysis here.
This week Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin sat down to discuss Russia, Syria, ISIS, and Iran. NPR’s On Point dives into Russia’s beefing up in the Middle East with CSIS senior adviser John Kornblum and other guests.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Have you ever thought of the perfect tweet, only to see it whittle away because of Twitter’s 140-character limit? According to a Re/code exclusive released yesterday, Twitter is aware of your plight and relief might be on the horizon.
Last night we showed a clip of Keith Richards’ new song “Trouble” from his first solo record in 23 years. From the response, it brought lots of smiles.
There’s another track on the album that is off the charts. It’s called “Substantial Damage.” Howard Stern liked it so much he listened to it 500 times in a row last weekend.
Here’s a clip of Keith talking about “Substantial Damage” to rock journalist Anthony DeCurtis
Now, smile, and listen to
I’ve listened to it at least 500 times.
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