The Evening CSIS: Vietnam’s Runway, The Rising, Leon Russel & More
November 17, 2016
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Get Up, Stand Up
President Obama today warned President-elect Donald Trump to stand up to Russia when necessary, as Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to address the inequities of globalization that propelled the populist tycoon to the White House, as the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee and Ruth Bender report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Jeffrey Rathke authored a commentary this week: “President Obama’s Final European Trip: The Transatlantic Partnership in Anticipation of the Transition.”
Janet Yellen today stressed the importance of central bank independence in her first public remarks since Donald Trump’s election victory, as new data showed the president-elect will inherit a strengthening economy. The Federal Reserve chair told a congressional hearing on Thursday that an increase in short-term interest rates could “become appropriate relatively soon,” raising expectations of a rise at the Fed’s next meeting in December. New economic figures showed a surge in housing starts and a pickup in inflation, as the Financial Times’ Barney Jopson reports.
Dive Deeper: The Peterson Institute’s Olivier Blanchard authored a new commentary this week: “In Light of the Elections: Recession, Expansion, and Inequality.”
Next Stop is Vietnam
Vietnam has quietly extended a runway on Spratly Island to enable the deployment of maritime spy planes, as Hanoi bolsters its defenses against China in the disputed South China Sea, as the Financial Times’ Demetri Sevastopulo reports using new CSIS satellite images.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has new satellite images and analysis of Vietnam’s activities on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
In That Number
The number of people detained in police raids in Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia for allegedly plotting simultaneous terror attacks on behalf of ISIS on targets that included the Israeli national soccer team. Source: AP.
“Trump needs to define his policies toward Syria early on because other nations, like Russia and Turkey, have clear interests. They will continue to push the limits until they are told there are consequences.”
— CSIS’s Anthony H. Cordesman. Source: LA Times.
One to Watch
Heather Conley is CSIS’s SVP for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and the director of our Europe Program. Heather previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs. Today, Heather authored a commentary for Reuters, “What Americans can learn from Britain’s vote for Brexit.”
(Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.)
Vice President-elect Mike Pence meets with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in his office on Capitol Hill today.
“Protest of U.S. Terror Listing Offers a Glimpse at Qaeda Strategy,” by the New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi.
CSIS’s Europe Program hosted the Transatlantic Forum on Russia, in partnership with the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. The forum focused on the transition of US policy toward Russia, featuring a keynote speech by Senator Ben Cardin.
Join CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program at 10:00 a.m. for “IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2016,” featuring Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director at the International Energy Agency, who will present the 2016 World Energy Outlook.
And join CSIS’s Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the Energy and National Security Program at 2:00 p.m. for the launch of the CSIS-led U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative. The Initiative is a unique effort to engage directly with Indian states on energy-related issues, while achieving its goal of quadrupling renewable energy use by 2022.
This Town Tomorrow
Join POLITICO at 8:00 a.m. for “Upgrading Washington: Technology in the Next Administration,” featuring Tony Scott, US chief information officer, and Megan Smith, US chief technology officer.
Join the Washington Office on Latin America at 10:00 a.m. for “Venezuela: What Can Be Done?”
And join the Wilson Center at 12:00 p.m. for “U.S. Relations with Central Europe: Love and Reason,” featuring Rastislav Káčer, Slovak ambassador to Hungary.
CSIS On Demand
Japan’s defense minister, Tomomi Inada, joined CSIS in September for “The Evolving Japan-U.S. Alliance—Keeping Asia and the Pacific Peaceful and Prosperous.”
Listen to National Defense Magazine’s latest podcast, “Battlefield 2030: Threats Driving Technology Investments.”
I Like It Like That
CSIS’s CVE report featured on Medium today.
I don’t think we did enough justice to Leon Russel this week. Leon was an extraordinary piano player. He was also something to behold on axe. Here’s Leon Russel on guitar performing with Joe Cocker and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen band.
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