The Evening: China’s Covert Aid, Budget Wars, Life During Wartime and More
January 18, 2018
It's Thursday, January 18th.
China’s Covert Aid to North Korea
Scoop today from the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Gordon and Chun Han Wong: Satellite photographs and other intelligence gathered by U.S. officials provide what they say is detailed evidence of at least six Chinese-owned or -operated cargo ships violating United Nations sanctions against North Korea.
Dive Deeper : “As North Korea Goes Nuclear, U.S.-China Relations Sour” by Jacob Shapiro for Geopolitical Futures.
“Four Days in North Korea: An Interview with Jeffrey Feltman” via Carnegie’s “DiploPod.”
Budget Wars and the U.S. Military
“Rebuilding the military” is the “highest priority today,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said this morning in remarks at CSIS, bringing national security to the fore as a government shutdown loomed, as Defense One’s Caroline Houck reports.
And, as CNN reports, President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon today that the worst results of a possible government shutdown would be the impact on the U.S. military.
India’s Missile Test
India successfully tested the Agni 5 missile today, moving it closer to joining the small group of countries with access to nuclear-capable intercontinental missiles, as Business Insider’s Christopher Woody reports.
Dive Deeper : More on India’s missile arsenal from CSIS’ interactive micro-website “Missile Threat.”
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In That Number
87 percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military. Source: NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.
“The defense budget is being held hostage for DACA.”
Today, CSIS’s Aerospace Security Project launched a new website, aerospace.csis.org, which explores the technological, budgetary, and policy issues related to the air and space domains.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
House Speaker Paul Ryan discusses military readiness with CSIS President and CEO John Hamre today at CSIS.
“Inside a European Center to Combat Russia’s Hybrid Warfare” by Foreign Policy’s Reid Standish.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the CSIS China Power Project at 9:00 a.m. for the launch of a new report, The New Southbound Policy: Deepening Taiwan’s Regional Integration, which analyzes Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Southbound Policy.
On Monday at 10:00 a.m., join CSIS’s Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group for a panel discussion on the impacts of sequestration on the defense industrial base.
And at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, join CSIS for a conversation with Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. on development and economic opportunities for partnership between the United States and Pakistan.
Today, the CSIS Aerospace Security Project hosted En Route to the Moon, a conference featuring the Acting Administrator of NASA on the Trump Administration’s civil and commercial space priorities.
In the latest episode of Smart Women, Smart Power, the Ambassadors of Finland, Sweden, Rwanda, Libya, Kosovo, the African Union, and St. Kitts and Nevis to the United States discuss the role women play in resolving conflicts and shaping societies.
Thank you for all the emails about the Talking Heads and the Jonathan Demme film “Stop Making Sense.”
The Talking Heads were an extraordinary band. When they souped up their sound and stage act for Demme’s “Stop Making Sense,” all the stars aligned for them. The elegance of this film and the band’s performance remain striking. It was so futuristic at the time of the release (1984) that it almost looks contemporary today. But there’s nothing and nobody like the Heads performing today. I hope you all like this clip as much as I do.