The Evening CSIS: Tragedy at OSU, Deal Breakers, Rusty Cage & More
November 28, 2016
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Tragedy on Campus
A man plowed his car into a group of pedestrians at the Ohio State University and began stabbing people with a butcher knife today before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police say they are investigating whether it was a terrorist attack, as the AP reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Commission on Countering Violent Extremism, cochaired by former British prime minister Tony Blair and former US secretary of defense and CSIS trustee Leon Panetta, recently issued its report, which is available in an interactive, multi-media digital format.
Iran and Russia have emerged as potentially deal-breaking obstacles to cuts in global oil production as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) engages in a last-minute blitz of diplomacy ahead of a meeting on Wednesday, as the Wall Street Journal’s Benoit Faucon and Georgi Kantchev report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Frank Verrastro, Guy Caruso, and Larry Goldstein today authored a new commentary: “OPEC’s Challenge.”
Running for Their Lives
Thousands of people were sent fleeing for their lives today as rebel fighters lost a large stretch of territory to government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, in what could prove to be a turning point in the conflict, both militarily and psychologically, as the New York Times’ Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad report.
Dive Deeper: See a new research paper by Hayder al-Khoei of Chatham House: “Syria, Iraq and the Struggle for Power: Intertwined Futures.”
In That Number
The number of gunmen from an Islamic State–affiliated group—the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade—who engaged Israeli forces in a firefight after infiltrating Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights yesterday. Source: New York Times.
“For the first time in decades, America’s alliance commitments and the future of the alliance system are at issue. The United States and its allies are neither psychologically nor materially prepared for the threats they face.”
—CSIS’s Andrew Shearer, who today launched the CSIS Alliances and American Leadership Project.
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Federal Reserve Bank of New York.)
Tobias Adrian was appointed financial counsellor and director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today. Tobias most recently served as senior vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
(Photo Credit: Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images.)
Prince Harry visits the Caribbean, marking the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th anniversary of independence in Barbados and Guyana.
“Covering the Trump era – with shrinking newsrooms” via Politico’s Ken Doctor.
Today we hosted the launch of the Alliances and American Leadership Project, a new CSIS effort to answer vitally important questions about the future of the US-led alliance system.
Join CSIS’s China Power Project at 9:00 a.m. for the first ChinaPower Conference, featuring a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power.
The CSIS-IYF Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative will host Millennial Priorities for Health and Education at 1:00 p.m.
And join CSIS’s Global Food Security Project at 3:30 p.m. for the report launch of Herding Livestock Programs toward Nutrition.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the International Women’s Media Foundation at 9:00 a.m. for “Beyond Borders: Reshaping Media Narratives Around Migration,” featuring Howard G. Buffet.
Join the Atlantic Council at 9:30 a.m. for “What to Do about Russia’s Rising Profile in the Middle East.”
And join GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs at 12:30 p.m. for “Greek Foreign Policy Dilemmas Following the 2010 Financial Crisis.”
CSIS On Demand
CSIS’s Europe Program hosted the Transatlantic Forum on Russia with the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding in November. Watch the event on demand here.
CFR’s The President’s Inbox has a new podcast on the new administration’s immigration priorities.
I Like It Like That
The top personal technology deals of Cyber Monday via the Verge.
Classic rockers have it tough these days. Since The Beatles blew everyone’s mind with their “Sgt. Pepper’s” album and through the grunge of the early 1990s, LPs were the key to success. You got signed by a label, you made a great album which went gold or platinum and you toured the world on the strength of that record.
But the kids of today dig singles. Just like their grandparents did when they rocked around the clock and got all shook up. And whereas grandparents had to go to a record store to procure content, the kids of today swipe the portable device that is literally attached to their collective hips and magically the music is there.
We used to pay $10 and we would own a single album. Now we pay $10 per month and we own every album (or can at least borrow it for as long as we like.)
So if you are a classic rock act and you still want to make money but have no idea how to record a single that sells, you have an alternative—repackaging your classics into expanded, anniversary editions.
Soundgarden, the seminal 90s grunge rockers just repackaged their 1991 breakthrough, “Badmotorfinger” to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It includes outtakes, extended jams, demos and live cuts. Very exciting if you are of a certain vintage.
What’s even more exciting to me though, is that one of the great (and ironically) singles that “Badmotorfinger” produced is a track called “Rusty Cage” which became really famous by a certain “Man in Black” who covered it and it helped resurrect his career and introduce him to a new generation of fans. Forget about Soundgarden, as great as they are. For me, this anniversary is about Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Rusty Cage."
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