The Evening CSIS: Saudi Warning, ISIS's Slaves, Take it Easy & More
January 19, 2016
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In an exclusive interview granted to Reuters today Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the lifting of sanctions on Iran as a result of its nuclear deal with world powers will be a harmful development if it uses the extra money to fund "nefarious activities."
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman publisheda new commentary Iran After Implementation Day.
The Wilson Center has a new podcast, “The Iranian-Saudi Crisis: Implications for 2016 and Beyond."
And, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy produced a new video guide, “Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal.”
A UN report this week estimated that some 3,500 Iraqis continue to be held captive as the jihadists’ “slaves,” including many women and girls from the persecuted Yazidi sect who have been abducted as the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor reports.
Dive Deeper: Sunday marked 25 years of bombing Iraq—from the first Gulf War through to present day. CSIS’s Mark Cancian and the CSIS iDeas Lab produced a new 4 minute video that breaks down the pros and cons of using airpower alone in dealing with threats in the Middle East. It asks tough questions of how far this policy has got the US over the last 25 years. The video is available for download.
Last weekend’s vote, in which the Taiwanese electorate overwhelmingly endorsed a party that rejects Beijing’s “One China” formula has implications for the US-China relationship as the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Browne reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser and Jacqueline Vitello published a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked & answered short papers) Tsai Ing-wen and DPP Win Big in Taiwan.
And, Chatham House’s Roderic Wye published a new commentary today “Taiwan Charts a New Course After Elections."
Bonus Coverage: CSIS’s Scott Kennedy yesterday published an op-ed for the New York Times, “Stop China’s Market Manipulations.”
In that Number
President Francois Hollande of France said today that he will pour more than $2.2 billion into France’s economy to combat the rising unemployment rate.
Source: Wa ll Street Journal .
“You’re seeing, as in the U.S., that the political center has collapsed.” “Collapsed and discredited. That’s why you’re seeing the increase on the far right and the far left.”
—Heather Conley, on Europe’s recent surge in far-right and far-left parties.
Source: Wall Street Journal.
One to Watch
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Ben Weyl (@benweyl) is heading over to POLITICO Pro to serve as the editor of a new budget and appropriations newsletter. Ben previously served as deputy editor at CQ Weekly and was a freelance writer for the Economist Intelligence Unit. For the latest news on the budget and appropriations, Ben is one to watch.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest fielded questions today on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson , a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran in 2007.
“An American journalist finally comes home,” by Tara Sonenshine for the Hill.
Today, CSIS hosted a group of panelists to assess the outcomes and implications of Taiwan’s January 2016 elections; catch the fascinating discussion featuring Joseph Wu, secretary general of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party. And afterward, Vice Admiral James Syring joined CSIS to discuss the future of the ballistic missile defense system.
Join us tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. as CSIS hosts the launch of “Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships” ; panelists will discuss the importance of this vital region to US national security and global peace.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow at noon, join the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies as it hosts “Ensuring Deterrence against Russia: The View from NATO States.” For more information and to register, click here.
CSIS on Demand
Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia joined CSIS to discuss Australia’s foreign policy and the opportunities facing US-Australia relations in the coming years. You can download his remarks here.
After ISIS claimed an attack in the center of Jakarta, the latest CSIS Podcast addresses what’s next for Indonesia as it deals with the aftermath.
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Lighten up while you still can/don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand/and take it easy
Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne wrote those lyrics in 1972 to what would become the Eagles first mega-hit “Take it Easy.” It’s been described as rock’s greatest song, greatest sounding song, best example of rock and roll Americana and so much more.
It sounds as fresh today as it did in 1972. It’s the only song I know that can place you in a place that you never even heard of (Winslow, Arizona) and make you feel right at home there.
That’s what the song is really about. Comfort.
Youth culture in 1972 wasn’t a comfortable place to occupy. Vietnam, Watergate, racial and generational tensions had upset a young America that was trying to heal from the trauma of the 1960s. Rock and Roll in the ‘60s was often a rallying cry for change, a battle call to arms, or even a confusing, disconcerting experiment.
“Take it Easy” was the antithesis of that. It was soothing and it wrapped its arms around the listener.
I think “Take it Easy” was one of the first songs that helped young Americans to “lighten up,” “take it easy” and remember that America was still the greatest place on earth to be. That we were still a nation that found solutions to its problems. That constant tears of rage didn’t need to be the norm.
My friend Janelle says that I use this “Smiles” space to engage in “musical diplomacy,” which is incredibly flattering. To me, “Take it Easy” is the ultimate in musical diplomacy, then and now.
Glenn Frey, Eagles founding member and one of rock’s greatest stars died yesterday at 67—far too young. I never met Glenn Frey but I can’t underscore enough how much comfort and joy his music has given me since I was very young. Let’s “Take it Easy” and smile while we watch Glenn work his unique, incomparable magic in his very prime.
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