The Evening CSIS: On the Border, Down with TPP, Love Is All Around & More
January 25, 2017
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On the Border
President Trump signed a pair of executive actions today to begin ramping up immigration enforcement, including a new border wall with Mexico, vowing that construction on his chief campaign pledge would begin in months, as the Washington Post’s David Nakamura reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Kimberly Brier authored “What could a US-Mexico partnership look like?” for CSIS’s 2017 Global Forecast.
Also, see the Inter-American Dialogue’s “Trump, Immigration Policy and the Fate of Latino Migrants in the United States.”
The highest-ranking defector from North Korea in years said today that the days of the country’s leadership were “numbered,” and that its attempts to control outside information were not working because of corruption and discontent, as the New York Times’ Choe Sang-Hun reports.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s interactive micro-website “Beyond Parallel” which studies challenges and opportunities associated with Korean unification.
Down with TPP
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have an adverse effect on the income levels and structural reform programs of its partners in Asia, international ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service said today.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Economic Strategy Commission cochairs John Huntsman, Charlene Barshefsky, and Evan Greenberg this afternoon authored an op-ed for CNN.com: “Trump must reassert US leadership in the Asia Pacific.”
In That Number
The DOW closed at a record high today, for the first time in history surpassing 20,000 points. Source: AP.
“If the United States is careless in dealing with Islam and the Muslim world, it can also transform a struggle against a small extremist minority—where most violence is a clash within a civilization—into a far more serious actual clash between the West and the Muslim world.”
—CSIS’s Anthony H. Cordesman authored a new commentary today, “Fighting Islamic Extremism: Making Muslims Partners and Not Enemies.”
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Twitter.)
John Pomfret (@JEPomfret) served as a correspondent for the Washington Post and is the author of The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present . Today, CSIS hosted John’s book launch, which can be watched on demand here.
(Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images.)
Vice President Mike Pence swears in Nikki Haley (L) as the US ambassador to the United Nations today in Washington, DC.
“How to Make America’s Robots Great Again” by the New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo.
Today CSIS hosted the 2017 Asia Forecast, featuring a keynote address by General Robert B. Brown, commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC).
And CSIS hosted a book launch of The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present , featuring the author, John Pomfret.
Tomorrow, CSIS is hosting "2016 Global Go To Launch: Why Are Think Tanks More Important Than Ever Before?"
And join CSIS's Scholl Chair in International Business at 2:00 p.m. for "Practical Strategies for Improving Trade Consultation."
This Town Tomorrow
Join Atlantic Council at 12:00 p.m. for "European Growth and the Next Chapter in US-EU Relations."
CSIS On Demand
CSIS's Burke Chair in Strategy hosted "Afghanistan Reconstruction: Enduring Challenges for the New Administration and Congress" with John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in January.
Take as Directed has a new podcast, "What Does The Trump Administration Mean For Global Health?"
I Like It Like That
A new blog from Foreign Policy by Republicans who worked in previous administrations but are not currently working in the Trump administration, “Elephants in the Room.”
Actress Mary Tyler Moore was an icon of American television. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which aired from 1970-1977 in which she starred as Mary Richards, television producer, probably inspired thousands of young women and men to pursue careers in news. And, of course, she famously portrayed Dick Van Dyke’s wife Laura Petrie on that groundbreaking show. On the silver screen she was nominated in 1980 for Best Actress in Robert Redford’s directorial debut, Ordinary People.
What I loved about her, what everyone loved about her, was the incredible sense of American optimism and idealism that she portrayed so effortlessly and so humorously on the MTM show. Her boss “Lou Grant,” played by Ed Asner, and her upstairs neighbor “Rhoda,” played by the incomparable Valerie Harper and her anchorman “Ted Baxter” played by Ted Knight, became so well known to us that they were like our own friends and colleagues. The connection between MTM and the American people was simply undeniable.
And it all started with perhaps the most famous opening theme song in television history, “Love is All Around” by Sonny Curtis. The lyric “You’re gonna’ make it after all” is one of music’s most memorable lines.
It’s a real smile, and a tribute to MTM that one of rock’s greatest ladies, Joan Jett, covered it.
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