The Evening CSIS: Watching Iran, Mini Nukes, Eminence Front & More
March 10, 2016
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Iran Under Close Watch
Vice President Biden warned today that the US leaves open all options to take action against Iran for “conventional activity” outside a landmark nuclear deal, underscoring American concern after apparent back-to-back missile tests by Tehran, as the Washington Post’s William Booth reports.
Dive Deeper: A CSIS commentary by Anthony Cordesman, “ Iran, Missiles, and Nuclear Weapons ,” is a quick read, while his landmark report, Iran’s Rocket and Missile Forces and Strategic Options , is more comprehensive.
And, Sharon Squassoni’s interactive timeline depicts the complicated process that is the implementation plan of the nuclear agreement with Iran.
North Korea's Mini
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today was photographed next to what NK state-run media claimed was a miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of being used on a long-range missile, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Victor Cha is the subject of today’s “ Vice News Interview” on North Korea’s nuclear threat.
US Defense Reform
A majority of Americans favor cutting the US defense budget in five out of seven key areas, including nuclear weapons and missile defense, according to a new University of Maryland survey released today, as Defense News’ Andrew Clevenger reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s International Security Program has launched its own survey to gauge opinion on the main contemporary problems facing the defense establishment. The survey will remain open through 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 11.
The CSIS survey’s findings will be presented during a conference on Monday, March 14, “ Defense Reform in the 21st Century ,” which will be webcast live.
Plus, CSIS’s Melissa Dalton today testified before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on “Department of Defense Security Cooperation and Assistance Programs and Authorities.” Her testimony is available for download.
And, for additional information regarding defense reform initiatives, please visit the CSIS Defense360 micro-website and commentary series by CSIS’s John Hamre.
In that Number
The number of insurgencies that have sprung up since World War II. Around 35 are ongoing right now, according to Dr. Jon Alterman, director of CSIS's Middle East Program.
Source: CSIS Middle East Notes and Comment.
“Now Chinese ships can stay out in the Spratlys whenever they want, pretty confidently,”
—Gregory B. Poling, director of the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, noting that the South China Sea island buildup has made it easier for Chinese ships to operate for long periods in the Spratlys without returning to the Chinese mainland.
Source: New Yor k Times .
One to Watch
( Photo Credit: tmgibbonsneff.com. )
Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) is aWashington Post staff writer covering the Pentagon and the military. Thomas served as a rifleman in 1st Battalion, 6th Marines and previously contributed to War on the Rocks. For the latest defense news, Thomas is one to watch.
(Photo Credit: @PresidentRuvi.)
Vice President Joe Biden (right) met with President Reuven Rivlin (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today during a visit to Israel.
Former assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs Tara Sonenshine has an important new article out today, “ Women on the march.”
Join us tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. as the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosts a discussion with Ellen Williams, director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Dr. Williams will discuss how ARPA-E plays a critical role in incubating new energy technologies.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow, join the Wilson Center as they host Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Gulshara Abdykalikova and Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev to discuss the road ahead for Kazakhstan and its rise to become globally competitive.
CSIS on Demand
Last week, the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies hosted a conversation with Dr. Arvind Virmani to discuss the implications of India’s 2016–2017 budget for growth and the future of the U.S.-Indo relationship.
In the latest episode of the Foreign Affairs podcast, Slow Growth Part 2, authors Robert D. Kaplan, Ruchir Sharma, J. Tomilson Hill, and Ian Morris discuss anarchy in Eurasia, the role of demographics in economic stagnation, and what central banks can do to stimulate growth.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
A new book out by Alberto Cairo, The Truthful Art, underscores the importance of data visualization in journalism.
The Who famously sang “I hope I die before I get old,” one of rock’s great catch phrases.
Judging by their current 50th anniversary tour, it doesn’t seem possible that Roger Daltrey, 72, and Pete Townshend, 70, can ever really get old.
Watching the band over the years has been such a joy. It’s fascinating to look back at some of The Who’s vintage performances—for me, these performances (the ones I was conscious of) capture a certain style, attitude, and above all a sound of the era.
Take this 1982 performance, it’s as if you could read a Brett Easton Ellis novel in 5 minutes.
“Won’t you come and join our party dressed to kill…”
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