The Evening: Comey Aftermath, Cyber Attacking Russia, Family Guy and More
May 11, 2017
It's Thursday, May 11th.
President Donald Trump said he had already made up his mind to fire FBI Director James Comey before receiving guidance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein earlier this week, in contrast to statements from White House officials on when the decision was made, as the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender reports.
And, in an exclusive interview today with NBC News' Lester Holt, Trump called ousted FBI chief James Comey a "showboat" and revealed he asked Comey whether he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia.
Dive Deeper: This morning, Washington Post White House correspondent Ashley Parker told CSIS Trustee Bob Schieffer about being in the hot seat as the Comey story and associated news unfolded on our “About the News” podcast. You can listen on iTunes or Soundcloud from our website.
Cyber Attack Options Against Russia
Former DNI James Clapper, former NSA director Michael Hayden, and retired Navy admiral James Stravridis told a Senate committee today that the US should consider responding to Russia's intrusion in the 2016 presidential election with a military cyberattack of its own, as CBS News’ Graham Kates reports.
Dive Deeper: See “Russia and Information Warfare: Aims, Tools and Implications for the West,” an interview with Chatham House’s Keir Giles by the French Institute of International Relations.
South Korea Urges Parallel Talks
South Korea's new president launched international efforts to defuse tension over North Korea's weapons development on Thursday, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease China's anger about a U.S. anti-missile system, as Reuters’ Ju-min Park and Christine Kim report .
Dive Deeper: See CFR’s Scott Snyder’s commentary “Moon Jae-in Inherits Leadership At An Uncertain Moment For South Korea.”
In That Number
The number of Venezuelans that sought care at hospitals in the Brazilian state of Roraima last year, straining facilities and supplies of medicine. Source: “Venezuela’s crisis spills over,” Economist.
“Just as the Great Wall wasn’t as effective as popularly imagined, the foundation of China’s economy is weak.”
—CSIS’s Scott Kennedy authored a new piece in RealClearWorld today, “China’s Economic Reforms Have Hit a Wall.”
CSIS’s Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies launched a new interactive website today, Engaging Indian States. It is a comprehensive tool for businesses, research institutions, policymakers, and journalists who seek greater insight into the potential for engagement with India’s subnational governments. Choose a state or sector to explore legislative and policy developments throughout the region.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Furey.)
Soldiers operate a high mobility artillery rocket system while supporting ground forces in Afghanistan, May 5, 2017.
“What to expect as Mnuchin heads to G7 meeting with America's biggest trading partners,” by CNN Money’s Donna Borak.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development at 1:00 p.m. for a discussion on the evolving role of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
And join the Aspen Institute at 12:00 p.m. for “Finding Common Ground in an Era of Partisanship.”
This past fall, CSIS launched the Reconnecting Asia project, which tracks the geoeconomic contest underway to shape Asia’s future. The launch event featured a discussion between Zbigniew K. Brzezinski and John J. Hamre, which you can watch on demand here.
Listen to the latest episode of CSIS's Smart Women, Smart Power podcast, "The Business of Startups: A Conversation With Two of India's Top Women Entrepreneurs."
My sons love the television show “Family Guy” (don’t judge us!) and they sent me a clip of the show that really made me smile. If you have ever been to New Orleans, I bet you’ve been held up by a street parade of brass musicians. Getting caught up in a Crescent City street parade is not an unpleasant experience, but it can be inconvenient if you are in a hurry to get somewhere. The folks who make “Family Guy” understand this deeply, it seems.