The Evening CSIS September 15 2015
September 15, 2015
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Third Island Tour
As the New York Times’s Jane Perlez reports today, new satellite images released by CSIS show that China has started construction of an airstrip on a third artificial island in the South China Sea that will strengthen Beijing’s military capacity in the contested waters.
CNN also has superb coverage of the new CSIS images.
The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson first reported the story of the CSIS satellite images that were captured late last week on Saturday.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative today published extensive satellite images of China’s continuing construction in the South China Sea and provided key analysis by CSIS’s Greg Poling, Mike Green, Bonnie Glaser, and Chris Johnson.
No Sanctions Before Xi Visit
As Reuters reports today, the US does not plan to impose sanctions on Chinese entities for economic cyber attacks before next week’s US visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping.
CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis today authored a new commentary, “Friends Don’t let Friends…,” in which he writes that China’s decision to ignore hints, suggestions, and requests from the US to cease economic espionage is troubling.
Plus, CSIS’s Strategic Technologies program has compiled a list of "Significant Cyber Incidents Since 2006" in a useful interactive timeline.
A sharp drop in global trade growth this year is underscoring a disturbing legacy of the financial crisis: Exports and imports of goods are lagging far behind their pace of past expansions, threatening future productivity and living standards, the Wall Street Journal’s William Mauldin reports.
And, a new report published by CSIS’s Daniel Rosen Broken Abacus? A More Accurate Gauge of China’s Economy reassesses China’s nominal economic size from the bottom up.
In that Number
The recalculated and more accurate GDP of China in 2013, as opposed to previous estimates of $9.5 trillion.
Source: Daniel Rosen,Broke n A b a cus? A More Accurate Gauge of China’s Economy .
“It’s fairly obvious that we reached peak trade in 2007.”
One to Watch
Greg Poling (@GregPoling) is the new director of CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI). Since joining CSIS in 2012, Greg has led research projects as a fellow for the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies and the Pacific Partners Initiative. He’s also the creator of South China Sea in High Resolution, an innovative policy tool combining geospatial data and multimedia to build presentations about the South China Sea—the precursor to AMTI.
Subi Reef , September 3, 2015: Possible runway construction is ongoing on the western rim of the reef. At the southeastern entrance, a dredger widens the access channel to the inner reef. To the northeast a second dredger completes land reclamation along the rim.
ICYMI, the New Yorker’s Richard Brody’s “Rosh Hashanah with Miles Davis.”
What prompted the global trade slowdown over the past several years? CSIS hosted a report launch discussing just that. You can catch the eventhere and download the report as well. Then, panelists discussed the best way to gauge China’s rapidly growing economy with “Broken Abacus? A More Accurate Gauge of China’s Economy.” Download the report here. And later, a panel of defense experts discussed the Pentagon’s proposed reforms for the military and civilian personnel system in “Force of the Future.”
Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) will join a half-day conference on “Arctic Transformation: Understanding Arctic Research and the Vital Role of Science.” A host of other distinguished policymakers will speak until noon; register or watch the event live here. And at 2:00 p.m., join us for “Understanding and Combating Anti-Semitism in Present-Day Europe.” The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg will join CSIS’s Heather Conley and other panelists.
This Town Tomorrow
Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute will host “Ebola Post-Crisis: Lessons for Improving Global Health Security” tomorrow at 1:20 p.m. CSIS’s Steve Morrison will join the event to discuss the current state of the Ebola epidemic, the preparedness of national governments and civil society organizations to detect and respond to the epidemic, and the reforms that are needed to keep populations secure against future epidemic threats.
CSIS on Demand
What are the policy implications of cyber attacks on the United States? Panelists joined CSIS yesterday to discuss trends in North Korea’s cyber operations and the policy implications both domestically and globally. Catch the event on demand here.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Jim Lewis today authored a new piece on the US response to China’s cyber espionage and potential cyber sanctions.
Listen to the best bits from last week’s all-star Iran Deal Schieffer Series on this week’s CSIS Podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
An “Underground Hamster City for Humans,” by Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber.
Last week in discussing the music of the Eagles I didn’t get to talk much about the biggest smile the band has to offer—their brilliant guitarist Joe Walsh.
To be sure, Walsh is one of rock and roll’s greatest characters. Taken to wrecking hotel rooms for sport and writing humorous songs about it (1978’s “Life’s Been Good”) Walsh is also one of rock’s most influential guitarists, ranking number 54 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
When Walsh is playing guitar, you can tell he’s having fun—but he is also seriously committed to his craft. And the sophistication of his playing makes the likes of Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend and Eric Clapton open their ears and take notice.
This smile is one of my favorite moments in rock history. Here, performing his uncanny groove “Funk #49” live in 1976 with the Eagles, watch Joe Walsh have some serious fun.
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