The Evening CSIS September 17 2015
September 17, 2015
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Internet of Things
As Defense One’s “D Brief” reported this morning, “Shortly after the FBI sent out consumer warnings on the perils of everyday objects that stay connected to the internet—or, what’s often referred to as the “internet of things,” IoT for short—the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Denise Zheng and William Carter have released a new report this morning on how the U.S. military can put the IoT to use.”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Zheng and Carter’s report, Leveraging the Internet of Things for a More Efficient and Effective Military , was published today and can be accessed in full.
Pope Francis's Historic Visit
As CNN reports late this afternoon, “days before a stop in Cuba on his way to the United States, Pope Francis on Thursday told young people from both countries that government heads who fail to plant the seeds of future leadership are ‘worthless...dictators.’”
And, the New York Times today published a fascinating interactive about the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral: “ A Gift to New York, in Time for the Pope .”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s J. Stephen Morrison and Seth Gannon today authored a new commentary: “ The Vatican Invasion.”
As the Wall Street Journal reports , ISIS claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that killed at least 11 people today in crowded areas of central Baghdad.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Jon B. Alterman, Kathleen H. Hicks, Melissa G. Dalton, Thomas Karako, Colin McElhinny, and Richard Say authored a new report published today: Federated Defense in the Middle East examines building partner capabilities in a way that shares the burden of providing security in a more effective and efficient manner.
Thomas Erdbrink of the New York Times has an important article today: “ Post-Deal Iran Asks if U.S. Is Still ‘Great Satan,’ or Something Less .”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Sharon Squassoni has created a new interactive timeline, which depicts the complicated process that is the Iran nuclear deal implantation plan. This timeline extends to all the way to 2026 and shows the key deadlines that the agreement specifies. This is a must-see for anyone interested in understanding how the Iran deal is intended to work.
In that Number
“...while we know they want more foreign direct investment, there's not been a Cuban glasnost so far."
-CSIS Americas Program director Carl Meacham, as Cuban president Raul Castro prepares to address the United Nations.
Source: LA Times
One to Watch
Ambassador Stephen D. Mull (@SteveMullUSA) was appointed to serve as the lead coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation by Secretary of State John Kerry today. Ambassador Mull has served the public for 33 years, most recently as US ambassador to Poland.
Reuters has the photos from Chile, where an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit today.
David Nakamura of the Washington Post: “Pope Francis, President Xi and the ambassador of handshakes.”
As the US military looks to adapt to the changing future, join us at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow as General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle discusses the challenges facing the US Air Force, as well as ways to ensure the US Air Force’s continued success.
This Town Tomorrow
Less than one year after reelecting President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil is locked in an economic and political crisis with no resolution in sight. Join theWilson Center tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. as panelists discuss Brazil’s future.
CSIS on Demand
As the world watches Brazil’s rapid downward spiral, the CSIS Americas Program hosted leading experts on Brazil’s most urgent issues. Catch a recap as the panelists discuss Brazil’s economic and political state, as well as how to strengthen US-Brazil relations.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Amazon just unveiled its latest creation, aiming to hit the sweet spot of a low-cost market. The $49.99 “Amazon Fire” tablet is being billed as a “powerful tablet at an incredible price,” and can be bought in a six-pack this holiday season.
Encore. Yesterday we saw the incomparable Jackson Browne perform his classic “Running on Empty,” a lyrical masterpiece that endures like a classic novel.
Here’s another. Browne’s 1972 hit, “Doctor My Eyes,” is a song of light and shade, defined by its dark lyrics but sunny sound.
This clips is from a BBC broadcast filmed at Shepherd's Bush Theatre, London, 1978. It’s an incredible performance.
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