The Evening CSIS: South China Sea, Fed Minutes, My Sweet Lord & More
February 22, 2017
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South China Sea Buildings
China has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two US officials told Reuters’ Idrees Ali in an exclusive published today.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative monitors all the latest developments in the South China Sea in an interactive micro-website.
New Push for Missile Defense
Ahead of the release of the new administration’s first budget request, US defense officials are pushing to renew the effort to get missile-tracking sensors into space, as Defense News’ Jen Judson reports.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s interactive micro-website “ Missile Threat. ”
Rate Increases "Fairly Soon"
Federal Reserve officials at their latest meeting anticipated raising short-term interest rates “fairly soon” in light of an improving economy and the possibility that the Trump administration’s proposed economic policies could push inflation up faster than anticipated, as the Wall Street Journal’s David Harrison reports.
Dive Deeper: See the Street’s “ 4 Biggest Hints Hidden in the Fed’s Meeting Minutes. ”
In That Number
Muslim Americans have raised over $85,000 to repair vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Source: Reuters.
“It’s not just about responding to hungry people, it’s about responding to longstanding political strife, conflict, and inequality.”
—CSIS’s Kimberly Flowers on how best to address famine. Source: Foreign Policy.
A new episode of Bob Schieffer’s “About the News” features an interview with Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune, discussing the Tribune’s extraordinary model for news.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, audio, and video.
(Photo Credit: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Iraqi security forces poses from inside an armored vehicle as he raises the victory gesture south of Mosul, during an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the western side of the city from ISIS fighters today.
On deputy assistant to the president, Sebastian Gorka, “ For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringes of Washington to the center of power ” by the Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s International Security Program at 9:00 a.m. for a Military Strategy Forum with General David L. Goldfein, chief of staff of the US Air Force.
Join the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program at 9:00 a.m. for a panel discussion that will examine militias that played a major role in the campaign against ISIS.
And join GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs at 4:15 p.m. for “ East Asia’s Role in the New Global Economy: Economics, Politics, & US Investment. ”
CSIS hosted Ambassador Nancy Stetson, former special representative for global food security at the State Department, in January for a discussion on US diplomacy efforts to advance global food security and nutrition during the Obama administration. You can watch the event on demand here.
Listen to the latest from the CSIS Energy Podcast Series: “ The Impact of Peak Oil Demand. ”
The soundtrack for the season premiere of “Girls” offered more than the modern candy rock of Tal Bachman. The show blew me away with a song I never thought I would hear in a show about millennials, George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.”
Released in late 1970 on his seminal triple album “All Things Must Pass,” Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” is one of rock’s greatest all time songs.
Harrison wrote “My Sweet Lord” in praise of the Hindu god Krishna but he devised a choral line in the lyrics to blend in the Hebrew word hallelujah, underscoring its common use in the Christian and Jewish religions. The song was in part, Harrison’s concept of abandoning sectarianism and saying that all of us – Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim, could worship in the same way.
This performance of “ My Sweet Lord ” by Harrison is a smile for the ages.
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