In an October 21, 2022, interview on Al-Arabiya Network, former Jordanian ambassador to Iran Bassam Al-Omoush spoke about relations between Jordan and Iran. He said that Iran’s modus operandi is to infiltrate other countries and establish pro-Iranian sleeper cells in them. Al-Omoush also said that there have been clashes between Jordan and Iranian military forces along Jordan’s border and that Iran openly produces Captagon and other drugs and attempts to flood Jordan with them. In addition, he said that the Iranian regime is corrupt and that the Iranian people deserve to be much wealthier than they are, particularly because Iran is rich in natural resources. Moreover, he criticized the Iranian government for spending so much of its people’s money on supporting foreign groups. For more about Bassam Al-Omoush, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9841, 6301, and 4666.
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African countries are suffering the worst effects of the global food security and global climate crises. Prolonged flooding and droughts diminish agriculture and restrict access to nutritious food across sub-Saharan Africa, home to millions suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition.In partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and African Union (AU), the U.S. State Department's Office of the Special Envoy for Global Food Security is launching the "Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS)". The VACS initiative will seek to support African farmers, civil society organizations, and governments in their preparation for the continent's food systems challenges posed by climate change. The multiphase VACS initiative will identify the most nutritious crops in each of the African Union's five subregions, assess the challenges climate change is expected to pose to these crops, and seek to boost public and private investments in these crops to prepare them for the anticipated effects of climate change.How will The Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils contribute to improving food security, nutrition, and soil health systems in Africa, and to addressing the larger global food crisis? What are the steps necessary for VACS to achieve these goals? What are the roles of the AU and FAO, and others, in achieving them? And what long-term impact could VACS have on reducing food insecurity and malnutrition—and addressing climate change—across Africa?Please join the CSIS Global Food Security Program on February 1 at 10:00am as we welcome the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy for Global Food Security, Dr. Cary Fowler, for a keynote presentation and moderated discussion, with special introductory remarks from Ambassador Cindy McCain, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Rome.CSIS is a vaccinated facility. All staff have been fully vaccinated to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We ask that guests be fully vaccinated if attending events onsite to reduce potential risk of exposure in our facility.This event is made possible through general support.---------------------------------------------A nonpartisan institution, CSIS is the top national security think tank in the world. Visit www.csis.org to find more of our work as we bring bipartisan solutions to the world's greatest challenges.Want to see more videos and virtual events? Subscribe to this channel and turn on notifications: https://cs.is/2dCfTveFollow CSIS on:• Twitter: www.twitter.com/csis• Facebook: www.facebook.com/CSIS.org• Instagram: www.instagram.com/csis/
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Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Friday, January 27, for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Sandra Douglass Morgan, president of the Las Vegas Raiders. Sandra will join Emily Harding, CSIS senior fellow and deputy director of the International Security Program, for a discussion on the importance of sports teams engaging in local politics and community building to strengthen the foundation of their respective cities, and ultimately the country. The pair will also discuss Sandra’s role as chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, where she guided the gaming industry when Las Vegas closed its doors to over 40 million visitors and again when they welcomed tourists back. Sandra Douglass Morgan was named President of the Las Vegas Raiders by Owner Mark Davis on July 7, 2022. A Las Vegas native, Morgan has long been a trailblazer and was the first person of color to serve as chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and first African American City Attorney in the State of Nevada. Morgan has 20 years of experience as a chief regulator, director, attorney and advisor to integrated resorts, casinos, and telecommunications companies. She is the immediate past Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and served as Commissioner on the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As the chief regulator for Nevada's dominant billion-dollar gaming industry, she led the passage and implementation of cashless wagering regulations, ensured that gaming licensees adopted policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, and led a team of 400 employees in five cities across the state of Nevada. Morgan was the first person of color and second woman to serve as Chair in the state's history. This event is made possible through support from Citi.---------------------------------------------A nonpartisan institution, CSIS is the top national security think tank in the world. Visit www.csis.org to find more of our work as we bring bipartisan solutions to the world's greatest challenges.Want to see more videos and virtual events? Subscribe to this channel and turn on notifications: https://cs.is/2dCfTveFollow CSIS on:• Twitter: www.twitter.com/csis• Facebook: www.facebook.com/CSIS.org• Instagram: www.instagram.com/csis/