The Evening: Yemen, Iran, Live Dead, and More
December 12, 2018
It's Wednesday, December 12th.
Senate Resolution to Withdraw U.S. Support for Saudi Forces in Yemen
The Senate today advanced a resolution to withdraw U.S support for Saudi-backed forces at war in Yemen, with senators predicting at least a narrow majority will ultimately defy the Trump administration on the matter, as Politico’s Marianne Levine and Burgess Everett report.
Dive Deeper: Tomorrow at CSIS (2:30-3:30PM) watch the live stream or attend in person the event, “The Humanitarian and National Security Crisis in Yemen: An Update and Path Forward,” featuring Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley.
“After the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi: Muhammad bin Salman and the Future of Saudi-U.S. Relations,” by Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service’s Gregory Gause for CSIS.
“Erdogan, Trump, and the Khashoggi Murder,” by CSIS’s Bulent Aliriza.
Russia Will Withdraw Jets From Venezuela
Two Russian bombers that flew to Venezuela on Monday as a gesture of support for socialist President Nicolás Maduro will leave on Friday and return to Russia, the White House said, following a diplomatic spat over the visit, as the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Gordon reports.
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS short video, “What’s Happening in Venezuela.”
Iran’s Ballistic Missiles
The United States will push the U.N. Security Council to toughen its stance to prevent Iran from working on ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and carrying out test launches, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today, as Reuters’ Michelle Nichols reports.
Dive Deeper: “The Arab Gulf States and Iran: Military Spending, Modernization, and the Shifting Military Balance,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman and Nicholas Harrington.
Explore Iran’s ballistic missile arsenal by visiting the CSIS micro-website, “Missile Threat.”
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CSIS’s Trade Guys Crash Course
Now enrolling for CSIS Crash Course, a one-day seminar on the fundamentals of U.S. international trade policy and politics for trade professionals. This program will be conducted by CSIS experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch, known as the Trade Guys from their highly-rated weekly podcast. Information here.
In That Number
OPEC reported an 11,000 barrel-a-day decline in crude output in November to average 32.97 million barrels a day.
Source: Wall Street Journal
"We risk the security of our people if Iran continues stocking up on ballistic missiles."
— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
D360’s Bad Ideas in National Security series features short articles from our scholars on recently considered and not too obvious bad ideas in the defense and foreign policy space.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks today following the United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran at the United Nations.
“Maghreb Migration: Ready or Not,” by CSIS’s Haim Malka.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:00 a.m., join the CSIS Human Rights Initiative for reflections from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and a discussion of the impact of the Global Magnitsky Act.
Later, at 1:00 p.m., CSIS will convene a panel to discuss extending federal cybersecurity to endpoint devices.
Later, at 2:30 p.m., CSIS will hold a conversation with Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, to discuss the policy solutions and action needed to improve the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
And at 5:00 p.m., the CSIS Transnational Threats Project will host Eli Berman, Joseph H. Felter & Jacob N. Shapiro for the launch of their new newly released book, “Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict.”
The CSIS Global Health Policy Center hosted a panel discussion today exploring issues in advancing the role of women in global health policy setting and decisionmaking, highlighting the upcoming 2019 High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. Watch the full event here.
Trade experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. The Trade Guys is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz.
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I can’t talk about live albums without talking about the Grateful Dead. Two of the Dead’s live albums (that were issued by a record company, Warner Bros, as opposed to by the band itself) made Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 20 live albums of all time: “Europe ’72” at number 19 and “Live/Dead” at number 7.
Of course Deadheads know that the scores of “Dick’s Picks” and other incredible live issues from band directly (most notably “Cornell ‘77”) as opposed to the Warner Bros packaged material are superior in their substance and sound.
However, “Live/Dead,” released in November of 1969 is a landmark recording. It was the first live rock album to use 16-track recording. Nothing like it had ever been captured for mass consumption. The dean of all rock critics Robert Christgau wrote at the time of release that the record contained the “finest rock improvisation ever recorded.”
The opening track of “Live/Dead,” “Dark Star,” leaps out of the loudspeakers. Every time I listen to it, I’m astonished by its sound. You can hear it by clicking this audio link as there is no video of the performance available.
If you want to watch video of the Dead performing “Dark Star” and a few additional favorites, I would recommend spending some time with this selection recorded live at Winterland on New Year’s Eve 1978. And yes, I know that some of you actually attended this show—I am in awe of you and just a tad jealous.