The Evening CSIS: Veterans Day Edition
November 11, 2015
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Note: Andrew is out today, and so tonight’s (slightly condensed) edition is compiled by Colm Quinn.
More importantly, today is Veterans Day, and all of the Evening CSIS team want to offer our gratitude to veterans all across America for their service and sacrifice.
Europe’s Africa Offer
The European Union outlined measures to curb migration from African nations today at a summit of EU and African states in Valetta, Malta, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: The Wall Street Journal’s Matina Stevis and Joe Parkinson have written a vivid account of Eritrea’s struggle under dictatorship that has led to the country producing the highest proportion of asylum seekers in the world.
And at next week’s CSIS Global Security Forum, our own Heather Conley will discuss the geopolitical implications of this migration crisis.
In that Number
The number of veterans living in the United States.
Source: Department of Defense.
One to Watch
Major David Miller is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and a former military fellow at CSIS. His new CSIS report Defense 2045 outlines the steps the US must take to maintain and improve its capability for the next generation and features a foreword from CSIS Trustee Joe Nye.
Sailors and Marines stand at parade rest as the USS New York pulls into port in New York City. The dock ship is participating in Veterans Day activities throughout the week to honor U.S. veterans. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew J. Sneeringer
The CSIS Africa Program hosts a forum on collaboration in humanitarian emergency response - you can watch it live from 2pm tomorrow.
The Financial Times gives its take on the US Climate debate ahead of COP 21 on this week’s episode of World Weekly with Gideon Rachman.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to veterans in order to make it to job interviews as part of the White House’s “Joining Forces” initiative.
Today is more about solemn reflection than smiles, but we can still be inspired by those that fought and the bravery they’ve shown.
Today, NPR told the story of Sgt. Alvin C. York, made famous by the 1941 movie Sergeant York that documented his gallantry in World War I. York stormed a machine gun nest, alone, killing a group of German soldiers and capturing 132 others single-handedly.
Sergeant York received the Medal of Honor for his bravery, but upon his return home eschewed the trappings of fame, preferring instead to give back to his community. York mortgaged his farm, twice, in order to build and staff a school, the York Institute, so that rural children could have a chance at a good education. Read his story today and reflect on what it means to serve.
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