The Evening CSIS: South China Sea Special, Didn’t He Ramble & More
July 12, 2016
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South China Sea dispute
China’s expansive assertion of sovereignty over the South China Sea suffered a major blow Tuesday when an international tribunal ruled that its claims have no legal or historical basis, as the Washington Post’s Simon Denyer and Emily Rauhala report.
The Post also featured CSIS’s new interactive map explaining what’s at issue in the South China Sea dispute.
The Wall Street Journal published a helpful “5 Takeaways From the South China Sea Ruling.”
The Financial Times calls the ruling “A big test for Beijing over the South China Sea.”
And, as the New York Times’s Jane Perlez reports, the landmark case, brought by the Philippines, was seen as an important crossroads in China’s rise as a global power and in its rivalry with the United States.
Perlez also published this useful Q&A on the case.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) today launched an interactive map of the China-Philippines Arbitration, as well as an analysis of the case by CSIS’s Mike Green, Amy Searight, Bonnie Glaser, Greg Poling, and Murray Hiebert.
Learn more about China’s military capabilities with CSIS’s interactive micro-website “ChinaPower.”
CSIS today also hosted its “Sixth Annual South China Sea Conference,” which can be viewed On Demand. China's Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, delivered an address at CSIS today as well, “China’s Response to the South China Sea Arbitration Ruling.”
In That Number
The percentage of the world’s rural poor whose primary source of income is agriculture. Source: CSIS, Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture.
“The Afghan Air Force is having problems in growing, the Afghan police is not doing well and you are watching the economy reach a crisis point.”
—CSIS’s Anthony H. Cordesman on Afghanistan’s precarious situation. Source: VOA.
One to Watch
(Photo credit: Twitter.)
Amanda Macias (@amanda_m_macias) is a senior editor at Business Insider and leads their defense coverage. Read Amanda’s latest, “The Hague just threw out Beijing’s ‘9-dash line’ in the South China Sea ruling.”
(Photo credit: Sam Ellis.)
My colleague Sam Ellis traveled to India with a group of teachers and speech therapists organized by the Ending All Roads to Silence (EARS) organization. He chronicled the trip in a stellar photo essay, “India with EARS.”
“A dangerous shell game” by Adam Szubin, acting treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, via the Hill.
CSIS’s Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative cohosted the “Sixth Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference.”
Join CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and Southeast Asia Program at 10:30 a.m. for “Asia’s Contested Seas” to discuss the maritime security issues following the tribunal verdict of the South China Sea.
And join the CSIS International Security Program at 11:00 a.m. for “Creative Disruption: Harnessing Innovation for Strategic Effect,” with Dr. William Roper, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office at the Department of Defense.
Join CSIS’s Africa Program, which will host “Peace and Security in Somalia” at 2:00 p.m.
CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program and the Freeman Chair in China Studies will cohost “Financing China’s Expanding Role in Global Energy” at 2:00 p.m.
Join CSIS’s Global Food Security Project for the “CSIS Report Launch: Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture” at 2:00 p.m.
Join CSIS tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. for a Statesmen’s Forum with Helen Clark, ambassador of the UN Development Program (UNDP) and former prime minister of New Zealand.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Brookings Institution tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. for “China’s Engagement in Africa: From Natural Resources to Human Resources,” featuring H.E. Oliver Wonekha of Uganda.
And join the Atlantic Council at 4:30 p.m. for “US SOUTHCOM: A Strategic Look with ADM Kurt W. Tidd.”
CSIS On Demand
Following the tribunal decision on the South China Sea, watch CSIS experts discuss China’s future in “Perfecting China, Inc.: The 13th Five-year Plan.”
In the latest episode of the CSIS podcast Smart Women, Smart Power, “A Conversation with Helle Thorning-Schmidt,” the former Danish prime minister talks EU reform and Brexit.
I Like It Like That
The Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Center at the Queen's University of Belfast recently released an advanced interactive called "4dSomme" that combines historic battlefield maps with modern GIS data to bring the Battle of the Somme to life. A mobile-friendly version of the interactive tool is available here.
If you liked Glen Hansard covering Van Morrison yesterday, you will smile at this one too. Glen Hansard is a rare talent who is fond of saying, "In my house, when I was a kid, there was the holy trinity, which was Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan with Bob sitting center."
Those influences are evident in his music. I love his most recent album, “Didn’t he Ramble,” released in September, 2015, which was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.
Here’s Hansard, performing the song “Didn’t he Ramble,” which was released on subsequent EP, “A Season On The Line” in late February. The song is fantastic the way Hansard performs it on acoustic guitar here.
As a bonus, enjoy this rocking electric version of the song—there is no better rock and roll currently being created anywhere.
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