The Evening CSIS: South China Sea Exclusive, The Rising, Whipping Post & More
December 14, 2016
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China installs weapons systems in South China Sea Islands
As first reported by Reuters’ David Brunnstrom, CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) today published satellite images that show China appears to have installed weapons, including antiaircraft and antimissile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s micro-website, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.
The Federal Reserve said today it would raise its benchmark short-term interest rate and expects to lift it more quickly than previously projected in 2017, amid signs of low unemployment, firming inflation, and a pickup in economic growth, as the Wall Street Journal’s Harriet Torry reports.
And, as the Financial Times reports, markets reacted.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, overseer of a contentious and bloody crackdown on drug dealers and users, boasted on Monday about having personally killed criminal suspects when he was mayor of Davao City, as the New York Times’ Russell Goldman reports.
New Podcast Series
“Take as Directed,” CSIS’s new podcast series by our Global Health Policy Center, debuted today with three new podcasts featuring CSIS trustee Helene Gayle, Assistant Secretary of Health for Global Affairs Jimmy Kolker, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson.
And, CSIS’s “Bob Schieffer’s About the News” posted a new episode today with Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan on “Fake News, Muddy Waters and Presidential Tweets.”
In That Number
The number of arrest warrants issued by Turkish authorities for individuals suspected of providing financial support to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Source: Reuters.
“This is militarization. The Chinese can argue that it’s only for defensive purposes, but if you are building giant anti-aircraft gun and CIWS emplacements, it means that you are prepping for a future conflict.”
—CSIS’s Greg Poling on China’s weapons emplacements in the South China Sea. Source: Reuters.
One to Watch
Zack Cooper (@ZackCooper) is a fellow with CSIS’s Japan Chair. Zack previously served on the White House staff as assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism. Today, Zack authored a new piece in War on the Rocks, “Pacific Power: America’s Asian Alliances Beyond Burden-Sharing.”
(Photo Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.)
Donald Trump held a “tech summit” today in New York with Silicon Valley’s top honchos, including Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon; Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google); and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook.
The Christian Science Monitor’s editorial board on “A new light on a dark problem: North Korea.”
CSIS’s Americas Program hosted a conversation on Venezuela’s public health emergency, “Venezuela's Health Sector: Current Crisis and Opportunities for International Engagement.”
Join us at 9:00 a.m. for “Quality Infrastructure and the Multilateral Development Banks,” a half-day conference featuring an opening keynote address by Tatsuya Terazawa, director general, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI.
And join CSIS’s Smart Women, Smart Power initiative at 5:30 p.m. for “Free Trade, Innovation, Technology, and Jobs: A Conversation with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.”
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Middle East Institute at 11:00 a.m. for “Polling Middle Eastern Views: Current Conditions and the Road Ahead.”
And join the Center for Global Development at 5:30 p.m. for “New Development Realities in a Changing Global Order.”
CSIS On Demand
Watch “Challenges from North Korea” from our Global Security Forum for a discussion of the Trump administration’s impending challenges in the region.
The latest podcast from CFR's The President's Inbox examines President-Elect Donald Trump's priorities on China.
I Like It Like That
This isn’t fake news: “Facebook says it’s in talks to buy its own video shows” by Recode’s Peter Kafka.
The entertainment landscape is saturated with more choices than ever before. And it’s all instant gratification. You don’t need to go to the record store and hope that a copy of an album is available. You (mostly) don’t need to stand in line or even go to the movies because video on demand has hit warp speed. Books and magazines are available at the push of a button. And you don’t need to tune in to the television set at an appointed time to watch your favorite drama—that too, is at your fingertips.
It can also prove difficult for greatness to surface in a culture that thrives on the voluminous and shuns delayed gratification. Somehow, though, we do weed out the good from the bad. Often, it comes via the old fashioned way—we learn through word of mouth.
This morning I learned about “Skyville Live” a web based concert series taped in Nashville which pairs some of the world’s most currently popular artists with iconic musicians. The concerts stream live and on demand via a service called go90 Music.
When I heard about Skyville Live’s tribute to Gregg Allman which featured Country music’s reigning king Chris Stapleton performing the Allman’s classic “Whipping Post,” I couldn’t wait to check it out. I’m still smiling ear to ear and have discovered a great new distribution source for premium content. Some believe all the Rock and Rollers have migrated to Country. They may be right.
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