The Evening CSIS: Wheels Down, TPP, SRV & More
April 20, 2016
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President Obama touched down in Riyadh today for his visit to meet with Saudi Arabian and other GCC leaders. The visit got off to a frosty start as the Saudi government sent the governor of Riyadh, rather than a high-ranking royal, to greet the president on the tarmac, as CNN reports.
Dive Deeper: Anthony Cordesman’s latest Commentary, out today: “ The Saudi and Gulf Perspective on President Obama’s Visit .”
Just last week CSIS hosted a press briefing on the president’s travels, which will also include the UK and Germany. Here’s the transcript.
TPP: The Strategic Case
Today, CSIS president and CEO John Hamre, along with CSIS’s Asia Chairs coauthored a thought-provoking Commentary . At a time when “in every major Asian capital—friendly or not—the question is being asked whether the U.S. Congress might actually walk away from an agreement,” they make the strategic case for this historic trade deal.
Epidemic of Fear
Coming this Friday, CSIS will release “Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear”—a documentary telling the story of the Ebola outbreak in America through the eyes of those charged with dealing with it. It features former White House Ebola czar Ron Klain, CDC director Tom Frieden, and the first infected patient in the U.S. Kent Brantley. It’s a must-see, and you can find out why in this trailer.
In that Number
Denmark is expanding its mission in Syria to include seven F-16’s, a C-130J, and 60 special forces personnel. Source: Reuters.
“TPP is the single best assurance we have that the United States will lead a broad coalition of like-minded states committed to reinforcing the rules-based order in Asia.”
—CSIS’s John Hamre, Michael Green, Matthew Goodman, Scott Miller, Ernest Bower, Victor Cha, Christopher Johnson, Richard Rossow, and Michael Matera on the strategic case for TPP.
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: the Atlantic.)
Adrienne LaFrance (@AdrienneLaF) is a staff writer at the Atlantic where she covers technology and has written extensively on the Zika virus. Adrienne formerly served as a reporter at the Nieman Journalism Lab. For reporting on the Zika virus, Adrienne is one to watch.
Robert D. Kaplan's article in the Atlantic on " How Islam Created Europe ."
Today CSIS’s Africa Program hosted “ Public Perceptions of Violence and Current Developments in South Sudan .”
CSIS’s International Security Program hosted “ Smart Women, Smart Power: The Global Education Agenda - A Conversation with Julia Gillard .”
Join CSIS’s Human Rights Initiative tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. for “ Foreign Policy and Human Rights Challenges in the European Union ” with Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU’s special representative for human rights.
Join CSIS’s Proliferation Prevention Program tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for “ US Policy Directions in Limiting Enrichment and Reprocessing ” with Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Edward McGinnis and Dr. Robert Gallucci.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the International Institute for Strategic Studies tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for “ Western Defense Reassurances to Gulf Arabs After the Iran Deal: Are We on the Same Page? .” Register here.
CSIS on Demand
CSIS’s Smart Women, Smart Power Series hosted 45 current and former US ambassadors yesterdays to explore issues contributing to global insecurity, mass migration, refugees, and war. Video is available On Demand here.
Listen to the latest Arms Control Wonk podcast: “ Russia, China, And the US Discuss the Norks ” featuring a discussion on North Korea with officials from the US, Russia, and China.
I Like It Like That
Eye-catching things in CSIS's orbit
In an open letter to the American people, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Harriet Tubman will be the new face on the $20 bill.
Extraordinary encore. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan was a blues-rock guitarist of such immense talent that his name can be mentioned in rare company: Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Robert Johnson, Duane Allman, BB King, Buddy Guy. There’s a few others—maybe.
SRV had many performances during his too-short career that are unforgettable. But this one may top them all. How does one take a legendary song by guitarist most consider the best ever (Hendrix) and make it your own? It’s virtually impossible. Unless you are SRV. Almost 9.5 million people have watched this clip on YouTube. It belongs to the world.
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