The Evening: Kabul Blast, Paris Accord, I’m No Angel and More
May 31, 2017
It's Wednesday, May 31st.
The Pentagon released video footage today showing the exact moment a U.S. “kill vehicle” intercepted and destroyed a mock intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as it flew outside the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, as the Washington Post’s Thomas Gibbons Neff reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Tom Karako has a new Critical Questions (CSIS’s signature series of asked and answered short papers): “The GMD Intercept: What Does It Mean?”
Huge Kabul Bombing
A truck bombing near the Afghan presidential palace early today killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds, officials said. The death toll seemed certain to rise, and the attack appeared to be one of the bloodiest of the long Afghan war, as the New York Times’ Mujib Mashal and Fahim Abed report.
CNN’s Barbara Starr, Elise Labott, and Ryan Browne report that at least 11 U.S. citizens were injured in the Kabul blast.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman has a recently updated report: The Afghan War: Key Developments and Metrics.
Paris Climate Accord
President Trump is leaning toward unwinding emissions reductions that the United States agreed to as part of the 2015 Paris climate accord, but he has yet to make a final decision on the matter, three White House officials said today, as the Wall Street Journal’s Eli Stokols and Bradley Olson report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Sarah Ladislaw offers a new “Energy Fact & Opinion: Leave the Paris Climate Accord? Why Leave Money on the Table?”
And from Heritage’s Kevin Dayaralna, Nicolas Loris and David Kreulzer, “Consequences of Paris Protocol: Devastating Economic Costs, Essentially Zero Environmental Benefits.”
In That Number
The cost of yesterday’s antimissile test by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Source: Washington Post.
“The world moves in and fills any vacuum, but it doesn’t always fill them in ways that we would envision or that are in our interest.”
—CSIS’s Heather A. Conley on the potential for America’s role in world affairs to diminish. Source: Howard LaFranchi, CS Monitor.
See ChinaPower’s interactive feature, “Is China the world’s top trader?,” featuring this map on global trade with China from 1990 to 2015.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images.)
An Afghan security force member stands at the site of a car bomb attack today in Kabul.
“Zbigniew Brzezinski and the untimely death of American statecraft,” by the Financial Times’ Edward Luce.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s International Security Program at 10:00 a.m. for “Assessing Risk in the 21st Century.”
And, CSIS’s International Security Program is hosting a Maritime Security Dialogue featuring Vice Admiral Thomas J. Moore, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Join the Open Society Foundation at 1:15 p.m. for “Grand Corruption Without Borders: U.S. Commitment to Responsible Assets Repatriation.”
Today, CSIS’s Middle East Program hosted “Twenty-First Century Partnerships,” featuring Adm. Mike Mullen, Wendy Sherman, Elliott Abrams, Eric Edelman, and other thought leaders.
“How to Stop Terrorism,” via CFR’s The President’s Inbox, featuring Farah Pandith, CFR adjunct senior fellow and member of the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).
How big of a rock star was Gregg Allman? Rock stars don’t really get any bigger than Gregg Allman was. David Letterman clearly knew this when he brought Allman on his show to perform “I’m No Angel.”