The Evening CSIS September 18 2015
September 18, 2015
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Ring Them Bells
In a sign of US alarm, Washington and Moscow begin talks over Syria conflict as the Washington Post’s Carol Morello and Missy Ryan report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman today published a new commentary, Beyond Partisan Bickering: Key Questions About U.S. S trategy in Syria .
Economic Fears And The Fed
As Reuters reports, Wall Street stocks closed lower today in heavy trading as the Federal Reserve's decision to keep interest rates near zero fueled concerns about the potential impact of continuing weak global growth on U.S. corporate earnings.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Matthew Goodman published a new edition of CSIS’s “Global Economics Monthly” with an important piece Competition Is Not A Dirty Word In Economics .
Boko Haram’s Mayhem
The New York Times’s Rick Gladstone today reports that according to UNICEF, Boko Haram has been responsible for the displacement of 1.4 million children.
And, in an exclusive report for Reuters, Warren Strobel has a must read article “In Niger, U.S. soldiers quietly help build wall against Boko Haram.”
Dive Deeper: CFR has an excellent “Backgrounder” on Boko Haram.
In that Number
The number of migrants that have entered Croatia since Hungary closed its border with Serbia on Wednesday morning. Source: Reuters
“Look at it like this: They have access to a base in the Mediterranean that gives them extended influence and presence that offers the ability to use the base as a means to prop up Assad and trouble NATO.”
—Paul Schwartz, senior associate, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program, on Russia’s newly reestablished navy base in Syria.
One to Watch
Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., US Navy Commander of US Pacific Command, was photographed standing next to a CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative photo of Fiery Cross Reef prior to testifying in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
“The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries,” by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan. FT’s review here ICYMI.
As the US military looks to adapt to the changing future, CSIS hosted General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle to discusses the challenges facing the US Air Force, as well as ways to ensure the Air Force’s continued success. Catch his analysis here.
On Monday morning, CSIS will host policymakers for a discussion on how transnational criminal groups interact with state presence in the Northern Triangle of Central America. Panelists will also provide recommendations for the future of US policy toward the region. Register or watch live at 10:00 a.m. here. Then at 1:30 p.m. an expert panel will analyze current trends and innovations in diaspora finance, focusing on remittances from low-income countries and how to facilitate connections among these diaspora networks. Watch live and register here.
This Town Monday
At 9:00 a.m., the German Marshall Fund will host a discussion on US and European Russia policy; as Russia’s annexation of Crimea has begun destabilizing Eastern Europe, the half-day conference will examine the successes and failures of Western strategy toward Russia. You can register for the event here.
CSIS on Demand
As Arctic issues draw the world’s attention, catch up on the latest research and policy with “Arctic Transformation: Understanding Arctic Research and the Vital Role of Science.” Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Angus King (I-ME) opened the half-day conference by speaking on the Arctic’s environmental change and global impact.
The FT discusses whether the EU can still remain together in the face of dual economic and human crises on this week’s World Weekly podcast with Gideon Rachman.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
The latest, greatest thing in media is Sidewire, which launched yesterday. Created by Tucker Bounds (one heck of a smart and cool guy), Sidewire is the place where you “can get news and analysis from insiders without the noise.”
According to Recode, “The company has recruited more than 100 political influencers—analysts, journalists, campaign managers and even politicians themselves—to use the app to discuss important political topics of the day.” Sidewire was kind enough to invite me to be one of those 100 people, and I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sidewire—I think you will like it as much as I do.
I’ve been writing about the southern California rock sound of the 1970s because it’s such a smile. With bright countenance and sunny grooves rooted in country music it’s a music that sounds as fresh today as when it was created decades ago.
The kings of the scene were the Eagles. And the past few days we’ve watched clips from one of their greatest influences, Jackson Browne, who taught Eagles’ cofounders Glenn Frey and Don Henley the craft of songwriting.
But Frey had an even earlier influence.
Born and raised in Detroit, Frey fell in with a raspy roots rocker named Bob Seger, also from Detroit, who launched him on his way. At 19, Frey played acoustic guitar and sang backup vocals on Seger’s now-classic 1968 single “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.”
Then Frey headed west to LA.
Seger stayed in Detroit and soon became the embodiment of heartland rock. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
While the Midwest remained his home, Seger also loved the southern California sound and scene that attracted Frey and the Eagles.
He wrote one of the great songs about that scene, 1978’s “Hollywood Nights.” What a smile it is seeing this 1978 clip of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band perform “Hollywood Nights.” Watch this and you’ll smile while the audience goes wild.
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