The Evening CSIS: US-Israel Relationship, DoD Upgrade, Like a Rolling Stone & More
November 10, 2015
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First, a big Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps, today celebrating their 240th!
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed their commitment to seeking Middle East peace on Monday, though prospects for an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians appear ever further out of reach, as the AP’s Julie Pace reported.
Today in a speech to the Jewish Federations of North America, Netanyahu called on American Jews to unite behind Israel on Tuesday after a year of deep differences within the community over the nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu also said his White House meeting on Monday was “very good” and praised President Obama for reaffirming the "unshakeable alliance" between the US and Israel as Reuters reports.
Meanwhile there are a myriad of columnists writing about the visit. The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg wrote that “To save Israel as a Jewish state, the West Bank settlement project must be reversed."
And, the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens wrote “You do not make peace with enemies. You make peace with former enemies."
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman authored a new commentary today: Israel and the Palestinians: The Issues that the Obama-Netanyahu Meeting Failed to Address.
Time for an Upgrade
Writing for War on the Rocks, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-AZ) today laid out a case that “It’s time to upgrade the defense department."
According to Senator McCain, “the Senate Armed Services Committee is conducting a major oversight initiative on the future of defense reform” and held a hearing of his committee today to examine the legacy of the Goldwater-Nichols reforms that were enacted in 1986.
Meanwhile, as The Hill’s Jordan Carney today reports, the Senate sent a revised defense bill to President Obama.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s President and CEO John Hamre today testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on “Reform of the Defense Department." Dr. Hamre’s statement to the Committee is available for download.
South China Sea Shuffle
China is not aware of any plan to discuss the disputed South China Sea at an Asia Pacific leaders' summit next week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday, amid tensions between China and the Philippines over the waters as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: ICYMI, CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser provided the NewsHour with an excellent analysis of “Why the U.S. Navy is navigating the South China Sea."
And, CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) recently published a new feature “A Freedom of Navigation Primer for the Spratly Islands” complete with vivid new infographics. In addition, AMTI’s “Island Tracker” has all the latest satellite images of continuing construction in the South China Sea and the digital publication provides key analysis regarding the regions’ maritime disputes.
In that Number
The sum that the State Department is offering for information on six key leaders of al-Shabaab.
Source: State Department.
“There’s only so many bites of the apple you can take, especially amid tension, conflict and ruptured relationships.”
—CSIS senior adviser Juan Zarate, on this week’s talks between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel.
Source: CBS News.
One to Watch
Melissa Dalton (@natsecdalton) is a fellow and the chief of staff in CSIS’s International Security Program. Melissa previously served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, most recently as a senior adviser for force planning. Melissa was also an intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency. For insights on security cooperation and defense strategy, Melissa is one to watch.
Prime Minister David Cameron outlined four demands for renegotiating Britain’s membership in the European Union in a speech at Chatham House today. TheNew York Times has a condensed video of his speech, available here.
ICYMI, Sunday night, 60 Minutes aired “Into Dangerous Hands,” a segment about critical lapses in the US security clearance process that millions of people must pass to work with America’s secrets. CSIS president and CEO John Hamre was featured prominently in the piece reported by CBS’s Scott Pelley.
“We don’t organize our clearance process around the sensitivity of jobs. We organize them around people’s background. And I think that’s a big failing,” Dr. Hamre told Scott Pelley.
Today, the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program hosted the launch of Leveraging the Internet of Things for a More Efficient and Effective Military. Sean O’Keefe, former secretary of the navy and former administrator of NASA, and Gen. James Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed how the military can better leverage Internet of things (IoT) technologies to deliver new capabilities and cut costs.
This Town Tomorrow
The World Affairs Councils of America holds its National Conference beginning tomorrow. This year’s conference will focus on Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election and features CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser as a key speaker.
CSIS on Demand
As the historic elections in Myanmar capture the world’s attention, catch up on some of the region’s most important issues with the Asian Architecture Conference @ CSIS. Key policymakers and leaders from the United States and Asia joined CSIS for a discussion on the issues surrounding the EAS and APEC.
NPR’s Scott Horsley discusses the implications of the Obama-Netanyahu meeting yesterday, and whether or not it signals a relationship reset between the two nations.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
At CSIS, our Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab is creating new microsites and innovative multimedia projects daily (later this week look for a microsite we will launch called the “India Reforms Scorecard”).
Microsites create unique user experiences. Bob Dylan may not be “forever young” as he once sang, but he is certainly forever current with his new microsite, “Studio A Revisited.” Dylan’s microsite allows users to mix multiple “stems” or “tracks” that together form the song, “Like a Rolling Stone.” I’ve never seen anything like it. And I really like it.
Yesterday, I mentioned that Bootleg Series Volume 12: “Bob Dylan 1965-1966: The Cutting Edge” contains 20 different takes of “Like a Rolling Stone” as Dylan recorded it. If you listen to all 20 you will be smiling ear-to-ear as you hear the genesis of how one of rock’s most important song’s developed.
But there is a version of the song that makes Bob Dylan himself smile. Can you guess which version that is?
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