The Evening: China Russia Alliance, Idlib, Gypsy and More
September 11, 2018
It's Tuesday, September 11th.
Note: The Evening will be “gone fishin’” on September 12.
China Russia Alliance
China and Russia sent an unambiguous message to Washington today--these historic rivals are becoming allies as Vladimir Putin welcomed Xi Jinping as the headline guest at an annual conference focused on Russia’s Far East while in Siberia, more than 3,000 Chinese troops joined Russian soldiers for the country’s biggest military drills since the Soviet era, as the Washington Post’s Anton Troianovski, Anna Fifield and Paul Sonne report.
Dive Deeper: “Moscow Looks to Flex Its Muscles in the East,” by the Atlantic Council’s Brooks Tigner.
Bombing in Afghanistan
Extremists in eastern Afghanistan bombed a peaceful protest today, killing at least 32 people, officials said, the deadliest in a series of attacks in Nangarhar Province over the day, as the New York Times’ Zabihullah Ghazi and Fahim Abed report.
Dive Deeper: “Peace in Pieces: The Tragedy of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
Iran seeks to avert disaster in Syria's Idlib
Iran shares the United Nations’ concern about a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s Idlib province and will seek to avert it, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, special assistant to Iran’s foreign minister said today, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: “Tensions Escalate in Idlib,” via the Middle East Institute.
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In That Number
Today marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed more than 3,000 people.
Source: USA Today.
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(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.) An American flag is unfurled down the side of the Pentagon to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
“Fight to Retake Last ISIS Territory in Syria Begins,” by the New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi.
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This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 10:00 a.m. for "The Future of Blockchain Technology" for a discussion on how governments and businesses are thinking about the increased use of blockchain technology and its regulatory environment.
And at 2:00 p.m., join CSIS for a discussion with Ambassador Alice Wells and David F. Helvey to speak on U.S.-India relations following the 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi.
At 12:30 p.m., the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a discussion on recent attempts by Russia and China to counter U.S. conventional assets.
Yesterday, CSIS hosted a conversation on President Trump's newly announced Space Force proposal. Watch Robert Work, Gen. Robert Kehler, Letitia Long, and Sean O’Keefe discuss what a Space Force would mean for DoD and the future of national security space.
North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insiders discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority.
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I know you can’t get enough of the new Fleetwood Mac—I can’t either. “The Chain” on Ellen’s show blew me away. The encore, “Gypsy,” with Stevie Nicks on lead was also excellent. By the way, who would have ever thought the Big Mac would perform on daytime TV? I’m so glad they did.