ISP Brief May 2021

It's my pleasure to send you the May 2021 edition of the ISP Brief, the monthly newsletter of the CSIS International Security Program. The ISP Brief features CSIS reports and analysis written by our scholars and includes externally published articles, media highlights such as video interviews and podcasts, and links to recent and upcoming virtual events.

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Yours sincerely,
Dr. Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President
Harold Brown Chair
Director | International Security Program
CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies
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Future Strategy Forum 2021: The Future of National Security and Technology
The CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Bridging the Gap hosted the 2021 Future Strategy Forum, an initiative to connect scholars who research national security with its leading practitioners.

This year, the forum focused on the future of national security and technology, with ​an opening keynote speech from Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, and a closing keynote discussion with Rose Gottemoeller, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.In addition to three panels over two days exploring national security and technology, the forum also featured a war game with the Hoover Institution’s Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider.


Project Overmatch: A Conversation with RADM Douglas Small, USN
CSIS and the U.S. Naval Institute hosted a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring Rear Admiral Douglas Small, Commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. RADM Small joined Dr.Seth G.Jones, Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, for a discussion on steps the Navy is taking to implement Project Overmatch, the Navy’s effort to achieve Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).


Gender Equality and Sustainability in Panama: A Conversation with Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes
The Smart Women, Smart Power initiative hosted Her Excellency Erika Mouynes, Panama’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. She discussed Panama’s approach to gender equality, its role as a sustainable leader in the region, and Panama’s response to Covid-19 one year into the pandemic.The conversation took place with CSIS Senior Associate and Smart Women, Smart Power Moderator Nina Easton; Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative Director Beverly Kirk; and Project on Prosperity and Development Director Dan Runde.



We are pleased to launch the Project on Fragility and Mobility within the International Security Program.

Erol Yayboke, senior fellow with the CSIS International Security Program, will direct this new initiative.It will center on two main areas of focus—global fragility and human mobility—and explore new ways to define long-standing challenges in post-conflict and fragile contexts, civil wars, and stabilization efforts.

Learn more about the Project on Fragility and Mobility here.

Read the press release here.

Read "A Policymaker's Guide to the Global Fragility Act" by Erol Yayboke, Annie Pforzheimer, Janina Staguhn, and Daphne McCurdy here.


Letter from the Editors: May 25, 2021 by the Represent Editorial Board

Thinking Small: How the Intelligence Community Can Catalyze Digital Transformation by Jake Harrington

Covid-19 Response Update: May 14-May 21 by William Healzer, Adam Saxton, and Mark Cancian

What’s Next for Iran Nuclear Talks? by Eric Brewer

The ‘Rule of Thirds’ Is Bunk by Seamus P. Daniels

Extremist Women and How to Counter Them by Catrina Doxse

Covid-19 Response Update: May 7-May 14 by William Healzer, Adam Saxton, and Mark Cancian

Avoiding an unintentional space war: Lessons from Cold War nuclear diplomacy by Maxwell Simon and Sam Wilson

Covid-19 Response Update: April 30-May 7 by William Healzer, Adam Saxton, and Mark Cancian

Four Paths to the Grid by John Schaus, Nathan Freier, Brent Bak, Alison Goldsmith, David Mitchell, and Henry Wicks


Suzanne Spaulding joined the Iron Butterfly podcast where she was interviewed as an IC "sheroe" by a Girl Security mentee.
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Lindsey Sheppard joined Janes's new National Security Advisory Board. Read Here

Kaitlyn Johnson joined The Real Story on BBC World Service where she discussed China in space.
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Mark Cancian joined WHIO where he talked about military readiness given the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Seamus Daniels joined an episode of Government Matters where he discussed the "rule of thirds."
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Dr.Seth G.Jones was featured on ABC News' Nightline where he discussed the Taliban-Al-Qaeda relationship.
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Emily Harding joined CNN to discuss the advancement of cyberattacks on the U.S.
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Ian Williams joined a panel on "Europe's Missile Defence, EU, and Nato" with the Istituto Affari Internazionali.
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The CSIS Missile Defense Project's chart on missile and rockets of Hezbollah was featured in an article on Breaking Defense.
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Suzanne Spaulding appeared on MSNBC's Katy Tur Reports where she spoke about the Colonial Pipeline shutdown.
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Ian Williams spoke on Texas Public Radio where he discussed directed-energy weapons.
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Dr. Seth G. Jones joined Fox 11 News where he discussed the heightened threat for Afghan women after the U.S.troop withdrawal.
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Suzanne Spaulding discussed the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline on ABC 7 News.
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Dr. Tom Karako joined the DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast on May 3, 2021 where he discussed missile defense and deep strike with Vago Muradian.
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Suzanne Spaulding spoke with Gula Tech Cyber Fiction about DHS's infrastructure programs and more.
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Future Strategy Forum: Emerging Technologies and Warfighting

Listen on Apple and Spotify.

Future Strategy Forum: Opening Remarks with Anne Neuberger

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Europe's Post-Brexit Financial System

Kristine Braden, Citi Europe Head and CEO Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG in Frankfurt, Germany discusses how financial companies are setting up operations around Europe following Brexit and the implications for U.S.businesses. She also talks about the European Central Bank’s potential plans for digital currencies.

Listen on Apple and Spotify.

Gender Equality and Sustainability in Panama with Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes

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Investing in Good: A Conversation with Jean Case, CEO of the Case Impact Network
Featuring: Jean Case
Hosted by: Beverly Kirk
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m ET

Hypersonic Strike and Defense
Featuring: Mike White, Erin Kocourek, Lisa Brown, and Doug Graham
Hosted by: Dr.Tom Karako
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
1:30 p.m.- 4:15 p.m ET

CSIS Executive Education Course: Understanding Washington
Featuring: Scott Miller, John Schaus, and H. Andrew Schwartz
DEADLINE: Applications are currently open until May 28, 2021.

PONI Mid-Career Cadre
DEADLINE: Applications are currently open until June 14, 2021.


Countering Asian and Asian American Discrimination as a Dimension of Foreign Policy
Featuring: Jason Chung, Nilmini Rubin, Dr.Michael J.Green, Colonel Jenny McGee, Jessica Lee, and Nicole Breland Aandahl
Hosted by: Masao Dahlgren
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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The Role of Integrated Air and Missile Defense for Strategic Deterrence
Featuring: Lieutenant General Daniel Karbler
Hosted by: Dr.Tom Karako
Friday, May 21, 2021

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Priorities and Challenges for the FY 2022 Defense Budget
Featuring: Congressman Anthony Brown, The Honorable Eric Fanning, and Mackenzie Eaglen
Hosted by: Todd Harrison
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Read the transcript here.

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Civics as a National Security Imperative: A Conversation with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Featuring: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker
Hosted by: Suzanne Spaulding
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Read the transcript here.

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Ian Williams discussed the Iron Dome in the Business Insider on May 20, 2021.He said, "If you can alleviate the pressure from the rocket attacks through missile defense, it allows more space for diplomacy.It allows Israel to not send in troops so early.It slows the need for Israel to retaliate."

“It’s a delicate balance,” Suzanne Spaulding said in response to companies disclosing cyberattacks to Bloomberg on May 10, 2021. “It’s hard, finding that right formula for maintaining the incentive to do the right thing while figuring out how to incentivize them to share the information.”

On May 5, 2021, in response to the crashing of China's rocket, Todd Harrison told U.S.News & World Report, "This is not unique.Things come down.What's unique about this is it's so large, and the Chinese did nothing to try to control its reentry or mitigate risk."