The Evening: Anti-Missile Test, ISIS Twin Blasts, Fillmore East and More
May 30, 2017
It's Tuesday, May 30th.
Note: This edition of The Evening is dedicated to the memory of our dear colleague, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Antimissile System Test
The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency today launched a ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to intercept a U.S.-launched mock ICBM target over the Pacific Ocean, as CNN’s Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne report. Late in the day, the Missile Defense Agency announced the test was successful.
The stakes are high as Reuters’ Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali report, as the test is widely seen as a test of U.S. ability to counter a North Korean missile launch.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s micro-website “Missile Threat” today published an interactive infographic on the test.
Reflecting on the fraught new era of U.S. relations with Germany, and Europe at large, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany spoke on Sunday at a beer hall and contended that her continent-mates “really must take our fate into our own hands.” President Trump took to Twitter this morning and accused Germany of maintaining a trade imbalance and under-contributing to NATO, as the Washington Post’s Max Bearak reports.
Fox News’ Benjamin Weinthal has more on the Trump-Merkel clash.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Heather Conley and Jeffrey Rathke have a new commentary: “A Tale of Two Visits.”
And Heritage’s Helle Dale also has a commentary: “Trump’s Foreign Trip Sends Strong Message That American Leadership Is Back.”
ISIS Blast in Iraq
Twin car bombings just hours apart have targeted two groups of people going about their daily lives in Baghdad—young families having a late-night Ramadan snack and older city residents collecting their pensions, as the New York Times’ Russell Goldman reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman has this report: “Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen: Is Decisive Force an Option?”
In That Number
The number of people that have been arrested in Venezuela during antigovernment protests over the past two months. Source: AFP.
“Dr. Brzezinski…will be with us always.”
—Statement by Dr. John J. Hamre, CSIS president and CEO.
The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system defends the United States from long-range ballistic missile attacks by intercepting warheads in space. CSIS’s Missile Defense Project has visualized the process, step-by-step.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
This photo of Dr. Brzezinski is one of my favorites. Here, Dr. Brzezinski is shown with Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel (left) playing a game of chess at the Camp David Summit, Maryland, September 1978.
“Zbigniew Brzezinski was an intrepid advocate of the ‘liberal international order,’” by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at 12:00 p.m. for a conversation with Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, a part of the monthly series, “Careers in Global Development.”
Join CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the radicalization of Russia’s Muslim communities and the potential policy responses.
Join the Atlantic Council at 9:00 a.m. for the report launch of Women's Leadership in Latin America: The key to growth and sustainable development.
In April, CSIS hosted “Missile Defense 2020: Next Steps for Defending the Homeland,” featuring a keynote address by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK).
The latest from Take as Directed analyzes the election of the World Health Organization’s new director general and what President Trump’s FY18 budget request might mean for global health.
Gregg Allman was a gigantic rock star. Some would say he’s the greatest pure blues singer of them all. Others would simply say that along with his brother Duane and the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman was Southern Rock’s progenitor. That’s a pretty big deal.
Gregg Allman’s music always makes me smile. Most people that I know rank the Allman Brothers’ “Live at the Fillmore East” as rock’s most important live record. I think “Filmore East” is bigger than the Who’s “Live at Leeds,” than the Stones’ “Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out,” Hendrix at Monterrey, James Brown “Live at the Apollo,” and Johnny Cash “At Folsom Prison.” “Filmore East” is incomparable, really.