The Evening CSIS: Syria Truce, al-Sadr’s Return, Shot in the Arm & More
February 26, 2016
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A two-week truce is scheduled to begin in Syria on Saturday morning, and today Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said there are “serious reasons” why he believes the truce may hold, as Bloomberg’s Ilya Arkhipov reports.
The Return of Moktada al-Sadr
The New York Times’ Tim Arango wrote a must-read piece today: “ Amid Iraqi Chaos, Moktada al-Sadr, an Old Provocateur, Returns .”
As Kate Mather and James Queally of the Los Angeles Times report, “ The federal government is fighting Apple for something the police want too .”
And, a thoughtful op-ed by former Obama and Bush senior administration officials Daniel Rosenthal and Jamil Jaffer, “ How Apple’s fight with the FBI will hurt our privacy ” is an important read.
Second Week of Gains
US stocks posted their second straight week of gains, buoyed by the recent rally in oil prices, but traders said the rough start to 2016 looms large on sentiment, as the Wall Street Journal’s Corrie Driebusch and Riva Gold report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Jane Nakano and Kevin Book authored a Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked & answered short papers): “ U.S. Shale Gas Sets Sail…Now What? ”
With anti-Trident campaigners set to hold what will likely be a major nuclear disarmament rally in London on Saturday, Britain’s defense minister, Philip Dunne, has published a blog entry on the Conservative Home website laying out why the government is pushing ahead with a £32 billion (US$44.6 billion) program to build a new generation of nuclear missile submarines. The march to stop the Trident is expected to attract thousands of protesters, but attention on the event is likely to be shared with that created by the presence of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as Defense News’s Andrew Chuter reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Rebecca Hersman today authored a timely Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked & answered short papers): “ United Kingdom Debates Scrapping Nuclear Program: Why the United States Cares .”
In that Number
The percentage of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises in developing economies that are unserved or underserved by financial institutions. Source: Department of State.
“We see you, we know who you are, we know what you are doing, wherever possible we will say your names out loud and eventually there will be consequences.”
—Tom Malinowski, US assistant secretary of state, on North Korean human rights abuses.
One to Watch
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Jay Yarow (@jyarow) is CNBC’s new senior vice president and executive editor for CNBC Digital, where he will set the editorial direction for all their products and services. Jay previously served as executive editor at Business Insider. For innovative digital journalism, Jay is one to watch.
For a look at election day in Iran, check out this Reuters photo roundup.
“ Lunch with the FT: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg ” by Gideon Rachman. Great interview with CSIS senior statesman Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.
Today, CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development hosted Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s minister of planning, reforms, and development, for a conversation on the role of human resource development in Pakistan’s future. Video of the event is available here.
Join us on Monday at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion on China’s initiative to promote Internet sovereignty as a key governing concept of the global Internet. You may register or watch live here.
This Town Monday
Join Brookings on Monday at 10:00 a.m. for a discussion on Nigeria nine months after President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration. You may register here.
CSIS on Demand
Larry Summers, former US secretary of the treasury, discussed the strategic role of economics in foreign policy and the making of international economic policy. Watch the full speech here and Q&A here.
On Foreign Policy’s The E.R. podcast, David Rothkopf is joined by Rosa Brooks and Kori Schake to discuss US inaction in Syria and whether or not the US can still make a difference.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
ESPN has long been an innovator in broadcast media. Harvard’s Nieman Lab takes us inside the network’s mobile strategy, which just might be the key to it all…
A couple of weeks ago I visited friends at NPR for a taping of one of Bob Boilen’s genius “Tiny Desk Concerts.” But it wasn’t just any taping. It was with Wilco, the best rock band in America in my view. I don’t think it’s even close.
It was a lot of fun and I ended up hanging out a bit with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt after they played.
This is an intense performance by Wilco which NPR just published a couple of days ago. I think you will enjoy the craft, musicianship, sincerity, and sense of urgency the band performs with.
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