The Evening: Arms Race, Saudi Visit, Gimme Three Steps and More
March 20, 2018
Good Evening,It's Tuesday, March 20th.
President Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection victory in a phone call today and the two leaders discussed meeting to address issues including Ukraine, Syria, and the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, as well as the “arms race.” Trump said that the U.S. would “remain stronger than any other nation,” as the Wall Street Journal’s Thomas Grove and Rebecca Ballhaus report.
Trump to Meet Putin on Arms Race
Dive Deeper: “The Other Side of the North Korean Threat: Looking Beyond Its Nuclear Weapons and ICBMs,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman
“Russia and Critical Infrastructure: We ‘Should Not Threaten a Nuclear Power” by CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis
“Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow’s Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge,” by CFR’s Robert Blackwill and Philip Gordon
President Trump today praised U.S. defense sales to Saudi Arabia as a boost to American jobs while lawmakers on Capitol Hill criticized Riyadh’s role in the war in Yemen, as Reuters’ Steve Holland reports.
Saudi Crown Prince In Washington
Dive Deeper: “The Visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Where Is the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Headed?” a Wilson Center briefing with Jane Harman, Aaron David Miller, and Jamal Khashoggi
“Saudi King-in-Waiting Comes to America,” by the Washington Institute’s Simon Henderson
Iran has defused all regional threats against the country, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today in an Iranian New Year message, as tension rises between Tehran and Washington over the influence of the Islamic Republic in the Middle East, as VOA reports.
Iranian Leader Says Tehran Has Defused Regional Threats
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$2.5 millionThe Trump administration will provide $2.5 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees who have fled into Colombian border towns. Source: Miami Herald
“Deterrence in the 21st century requires the integration of all of our capabilities, across all domains.”— Air Force General John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
World powers have already begun to map out their artificial intelligence future. CSIS’s Will Carter authored a report on developing a comprehensive machine intelligence (MI) strategy for the United States, and how to maintain U.S. leadership in MI technology.
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(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images). U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (3rd L) speaks as (L-R) Chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), committee Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) listen during a news conference at the Capitol today. The committee held a news conference to present findings and recommendations on threats from election infrastructure.
“Putin's Past Explains Russia's Future,” by Gregory Feifer of the Institute of Current World Affairs.
Join CSIS tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for a keynote address from Senator Robert Menendez on congressional oversight and leadership in U.S. foreign policy.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:30 a.m., CSIS will host H.E. Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality, for a conversation on the EU approach to the challenges democracies face in the digital age.
And at 10:15 a.m., join the Atlantic Council for an event featuring Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper on army vision and modernization priorities.
Today at CSIS, Chen Chu, Mayor of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, spoke about her personal story and the transformation of Taiwan and Kaohsiung over the last few decades. Watch the full discussion here.
In this week’s episode of Smart Women, Smart Power, Dana W. White, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Chief Pentagon Spokesperson, discusses the Defense Department’s budget, priorities, and the new public engagement initiative.
Listen here on Apple Podcasts.
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