The Evening CSIS: Spill Over, Getting Worse, China Rider 90s & More
August 26, 2016
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Turkey suffered a deadly bomb blast and an unprecedented threat by a Syrian group, as it faced an escalation of its battle with Kurdish militants, as the Financial Times’ Mehul Srivastava, Nazih Osseiran, and Erika Solomon report.
Only Getting Worse
A New York Times interactive report by Max Fisher published today, “Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse,” draws on the expertise of civil wars scholars who say there are several reasons why Syria is “a really, really tough case that defies historical parallels.”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Rebecca Hersman has penned a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked & answered short papers): “Unpacking Syria’s Chemical Weapons Problem.”
In an anxiously watched speech today at the annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said the case for an increase in US short-terms interest rates has strengthened in recent months, as the Wall Street Journal’s Corrie Driebusch and Christopher Whittall report.
In That Number
President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by 442,781 square miles, bringing the total protected area to 582,578 square miles—the largest marine protected area in the world. Source: White House.
“One of the places where we spend a great deal of time is determining whether or not the tools we are developing absolve humans of the decision to inflict violence on the enemy. That is a fairly bright line that we are not willing to cross.”
— Gen. Paul J. Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking at CSIS yesterday. Source: DoD.
One to Watch
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Oriana Pawlyk (@Oriana0214) is joining Military.com to serve as their aviation reporter . Oriana previously served as the editor of Military Times’ Early Bird Brief newsletter and as a reporter with Air Force Times.
(Photo Credit: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.)
Rubble surrounds damaged buildings on August 25, 2016, in Pescara del Tronto, Italy.
The Geopolitical Therapist: A Conversation with Vice President Joe Biden,” by the Atlantic’s Steve Clemons.
CSIS and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will host, “U.S.-India Innovation Forum” in New Delhi. The Innovation Forum is a unique initiative of the US and Indian governments to promote entrepreneurial culture and innovation partnerships in the US and India.
Join CSIS’s Transnational Threats Project at 1:00 p.m. for “Counterterrorism Challenges: Improving Information Exchange Between Allies,” featuring Mr. H.W.M. Schoof, national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands.
This Town Monday
Join Brookings at 10:00 a.m. for “The defense budget, overseas contingency operations, the Budget Control Act, and beyond.”
And join the National Endowment for Democracy at 2:00 p.m. for “Ghana's 2016 Elections: Assessing Public Confidence & State Preparedness.”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS and the US Naval Institute hosted a Maritime Security Dialogue on the Future of Expeditionary Warfare with General Robert B. Neller, commandant of the US Marine Corps on August 9. Watch on demand here.
Russian Roulette released a new podcast today, “Of Weapons and Surprises.”
I Like It Like That
On Monday, GW University is launching a website called Media File dedicated to news media and media criticism in Washington.
Thanks for the emails on the subject of “China Rider,” I love it—everyone is right by the way, whatever era you like China Rider from, it is the best era because they are all so great. Andrew from Australia wrote that he just discovered the Grateful Dead six months ago. But judging from the thoughtful email he sent me, I think he understands the band really well despite being newly initiated.
To summarize, Andrew from Australia thinks the China Rider of the 90s is the musically superior version while the 70s version is more culturally significant. That’s an adroit observation indeed. The early 90s is recognized by Dead aficionados as a period of outstanding musicianship, sound quality and spirited performances.
This clip from a September 1990 performance at Madison Square Garden features Bruce Hornsby on piano. What a smile.
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