The Evening CSIS September 16 2015
September 16, 2015
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Tear Gas and Water Cannons
Hungarian riot police used tear gas and water cannons today on migrants after a group broke through a barrier to try to enter the European Union, as CNN reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Simond de Galbert had a new commentary published today: “Migrant Crisis Challenges EU Open Border Policy.”
Chatham House’s Doris Carrion had a new commentary published today: “Syrian Refugees Are Not the Security Threat They Are Feared to Be.”
And, Brookings’ Massimiliano Calì and Samia Sekkarie had a new commentary published today: “Much ado about nothing? The economic impact of refugee ‘invasions.’”
Plus, the German Marshall Fund’s Rosa Balfour had a new commentary published today: “Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Unravelling of the Union.”
In addition, CFR today updated its “Backgrounder: Europe's Migration Crisis.”
Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters today the US is considering how to respond to a Russian proposal for military talks over Syria, as Reuters’ Lesley Wroughton and David Alexander report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman’s has a recent report: Constructing a New Syria: Dealing with the Real Outcome of the “ISIS War.”
The Institute for the Study of War’s new “ISIS Sanctuary Map” is also an excellent resource.
Carnegie’s new article, “The Russian Regime in 2015: All Tactics, No Strategy,” published last week is another important read.
As the Associated Press reports today, “the dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified,” with the new release of CSIS’s satellite images showing China’s construction of a 3rd airstrip.
And, as AP’s Bob Burns reports today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said China is “out of step” with international rules by aggressively pursuing land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.
In regional coverage, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post’s Minnie Chan writes “ China needs third runway in Spratly Islands to break US grip in South China Sea if tensions escalate, experts say: Comments come after US think tank says satellite imagery indicates preparatory work on third airstrip in Spratly Islands, on Mischief Reef.”
And, Bloomberg’s David Tweed reported late yesterday on the CSIS images in “China Still Reclaiming Land in South China Sea: CSIS.”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has published extensive satellite images of China’s continuing construction in the South China Sea and provides key analysis by CSIS’s Greg Polling, Mike Green, Bonnie Glaser, and Chris Johnson.
In that Number
The United Nation’s estimated annual humanitarian requirements. Only 33% of which has been pledged by member states, with the US accounting for 50% of funds pledged thus far.
Source: “ Health Takes on New Vivid Forms .”
“Meng’s visit shows the Chinese are desperate to avoid cybersanctions.”
—Scott Kennedy, deputy director of the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies on China’s reaction to potential US financial sanctions in response to cyber spying.
“ Obama Won’t Sanction China for Cyber Spying...Yet ” via the Daily Beast.
One to Watch
Kristina Wong reports on defense and national security issues for the Hill. Look to her on the key challenges in the fight against ISIS as US defense strategy continues to evolve. Photo credit: The Hill.
This striking image from Armend Nimani on the Hungary-Serbia border illustrates the lengths to which Hungary is going to prevent migrants from reaching the European Union.
The Atlantic’s “A Backpacker’s Guide to Self-Reinvention: Why a magazine editor left midtown Manhattan for a whirlwind tour of Asia–and what she discovered about herself along the way” is one of my favorite pieces of multimedia journalism in some time.
Today CSIS hosted Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) for a half-day conference on “Arctic Transformation: Understanding Arctic Research and the Vital Role of Science”; you can catch the event here. And later, CSIS held “Understanding and Combating Anti-Semitism in Present-Day Europe” with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, among other panelists.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., the Wilson Center will host their second annual “North American Energy Forum.” Speakers will include CSIS’s Sarah Ladislaw, director of the CSIS Energy Program, and will cover the outlook for oil and gas prices, North American production, and Mexico and Canada’s oil and gas reform. Register for the event or watch live here.
CSIS on Demand
Ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to the US at the end of this month, you can brush up on the latest regarding China’s economy and its implications for US-China business relations. You can also download the Broken Abacus? report here.
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai and her father in the latestForeign Policy podcast. Catch the fascinating discussion as the participants speak on equal education access for girls and boys around the world.
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This is one of those “it can only happen in Cleveland” smiles. (I’m allowed to poke good natured fun at Cleveland because I married the city when I married my wife.)
Cleveland sports fans are a long-suffering lot. That is changing with the return of LeBron James but it’s an ongoing process.
Picked as the preseason favorite to win the World Series this year by Sports Illustrated, the Cleveland Indians have had an abysmal season so far and probably won’t even make the playoffs.
Last night added a bit of insult to injury but also provided a smile. During the 5th inning of a home game in Cleveland, Alex Rios of the VISITING Kansas City Royals hit a home run. In Cleveland, when the HOME team aka the Indians hit a home run, the stadium celebrates with fireworks. Except on this occasion, when the fireworks guy got confused and pushed the launch button for the wrong team. The poor fireworks guy’s reaction to his mistake is priceless. Only in Cleveland, watch.
You didn’t think I would leave you without your daily music smile, did you? Since the weather in DC this week is so beautiful, bright sunshine and no humidity I will return to the music of southern California in the 1970s. Over the past I’ve shown clips of the Eagles and their brilliant sound. But who taught them to write such compelling songs in the first place?
Well, early on, before they became the Eagles, band co-founders Glenn Frey and Don Henley met a then unknown singer-songwriter named Jackson Browne.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, Browne is a craftsman when it comes to songwriting—often toiling for hours upon hours just to get a small part of a song precisely the way he wants it. Frey and Henley learned to think of songwriting as a craft from Browne—Frey and Browne actually co-wrote the Eagles first major hit “Take it Easy” in 1972.
Needless to say, Browne has had a few major hits of his own, including the epic “Running on Empty.”
The song is the title track to Browne’s 1977 live album “Running on Empty,” part of which was recorded a few miles from where I grew up at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 27, 1977. Again, I was too dang young to attend but this song has provided me big smiles for decades now. This clip isn’t from the Merriweather show but it’s from around the same time period and boy is it a smile.
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