The Evening: Brexit Blow, Climate Challenge, Muddy Waters and More
September 4, 2019
Another Brexit Blow
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was battered again on Wednesday as lawmakers from his own party and the opposition pressed ahead to stop his plan for leaving the European Union without an agreement — and then turned down his call for an election, as the NYT’s Stephen Castle reports.
Dive Deeper : “Suspending the British Parliament and the Brexit Debate,” by CSIS’s Heather Conley and Donatienne Ruy.
Hong Kong Concession
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her first major concession to protesters’ demands after months of unrest, saying she would withdraw the extradition bill that sparked the turmoil, as the WSJ’s Natasha Khan and Neil Western report.
Iran To Take Important Step
Iran will take a new and significant step away from the 2015 nuclear accord it struck with world powers ahead of a deadline Tehran set for Europe to reset the terms of the deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday, as the Washington Post’s Erin Cunningham reports.
This evening CNN is hosting a “climate crisis town hall” with 10 democratic presidential candidates.
Dive Deeper : CSIS’s Sarah Ladislaw published a new commentary this afternoon, “Rising to the Climate Challenge, One Step at a Time.”
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In That Number
In less than two years, President Trump will have increased the average tariff on Chinese imports above 24 percent, compared to an average of only 3 percent at the onset of the trade war.
Source: Peterson Institute
“We could solve it in 24 hours.”
— President Trump on Iran’s inflation problem
Explore the maritime claims of nearly 40 countries across the Indo-Pacific with the updated AMTI Maritime Claims of the Indo-Pacific map.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
CSIS faces Brookings tonight in the quarterfinals of the think tank softball league.
“Hezbollah Readies for Next War Against Israel,” by Sulome Anderson for Foreign Policy.
This Town Tomorrow
At 12:00 p.m., the Middle East Institute (MEI) will hold a panel discussion on the implications of a U.S.-Taliban deal. Experts from John Hopkins, the Atlantic Council, and MEI will speak.
And, at 2:45 p.m., the Hudson Institute will hold a panel discussion with experts on the cyber challenges of the internet, global competition, and national security, focusing on Asia.
Later, at 2:00 p.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia program will hold a panel discussion on what U.S.-China tensions mean for India with Jagannath Panda of the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses and Jeff M. Smith of the Heritage Foundation.
The CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development held an event to launch its new report focused on finding concrete U.S. policy solutions to global irregular migration. Watch the event here.
The Trade Guys and Andrew discuss the U.S.-China trade war as tensions rise. Plus, the U.S. and Japan appear to have gotten their trade relationship back on track with a new agreement.
I loved all your emails about give away CDs and lost blues treasures. Now that I got rid of most of my CD collection, I have another problem: I have no device left to play my remaining CDs on! Yes, my old stereo went yesterday too and I just got a new car and guess what, new cars don’t come with CD players…So the search is on for something small that sounds big.
Meanwhile, I am glad you loved the “London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions.” My friend, the writer Stanley Booth, was actually present in the studio for those sessions. I can’t even imagine what that was like in person.
The Wolf Sessions of 1971 were followed in ’72 by “The London Muddy Waters Sessions” which won a Grammy. Clapton didn’t play on this one, but Muddy plays slide and Steve Winwood plays piano. Mitch Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience is on drums and host of other great musicians also play on this record. But in the end, it’s all Muddy Waters. He’s got the “Key to the Highway.”