The Evening CSIS: Bigger Bang, Paris Arrest, Sweet Jane & More
September 9, 2016
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A Bigger Bang
North Korea’s latest test of an atomic weapon leaves the US with an uncomfortable choice: stick with a policy of incremental sanctions that has clearly failed to stop the country’s nuclear advances, or pick among alternatives that range from the highly risky to the repugnant, as the New York Times’ David Sanger, Choe Sang-Hun, and Jane Perlez report.
Dive Deeper: A new post today on CSIS’s interactive micro-website Beyond Parallel by Arms Control Wonk blog founder Jeffrey Lewis: “The Fifth Test: North Korea Building a Strategic Rocket Force?”
Arrested in Paris
Three French women arrested after a car loaded with gas cylinders was found near Notre Dame Cathedral were planning to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of ISIS, French officials said today, as Reuters’ Gérard Bon reports.
New CSIS Original Video
CSIS’s Global Food and Security Project today launched a new documentary: “Tracking Promises: Analyzing the Impact of Feed the Future Investments in Bangladesh.”
Stocks and bonds fell Friday, putting the S&P 500 on pace for its worst day since the Brexit selloff, as the Wall Street Journal’s Aaron Kuriloff and Riva Gold report.
In That Number
The number of foreign recruits flowing across the Turkish-Syrian border each month—down from a peak of 2,000. Source: Washington Post.
“This is not a cry for negotiations. This is very clearly a serious effort at amassing real nuclear capabilities that they can use to deter the US and others.”
—CSIS’s Victor Cha on North Korea’s most recent nuclear test. Source: New York Times.
One to Watch
Katherine Bliss is a nonresident senior associate with CSIS’s Global Health Policy Center. Today, CSIS released a new report coauthored by Katherine, Healthy Experiments: Innovative Approaches to U.S. Support for RMNCH in Ghana.
(Photo credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.)
The Statue of Liberty stands in the foreground as Lower Manhattan is viewed at dusk, September 8, 2016. New York City is preparing to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia,” an excerpt of CSIS’s Victor Cha’s new book in the National Interest.
CSIS’s Global Food Security Project hosted a report and documentary launch of "Tracking Promises: Analyzing the Impact of Feed the Future Investments in Bangladesh."
Join CSIS at 10:00 a.m. for a discussion with four former USTRs, William E. Brock (1981-1985), Carla A. Hills (1989-1993), Ronald Kirk (2009-2013), and Susan Schwab (2006-2009). The discussion will focus on what a positive trade agenda should and might look like for the next US president.
Join CSIS’s Global Food Security Project at 3:30 p.m. for “The Power of Global Food Security: Examining Economic and National Security Implications.”
This Town Monday
Join the Wilson Center at 10:00 a.m. for “Transitional Justice in Colombia’s Post-Accord Context.”
And join Freedom House at 10:00 a.m. for “Venezuela’s Choice: Democracy or Authoritarianism?”
CSIS On Demand
The Smart Women, Smart Power initiative hosted “A Conversation with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman,” who played a key role in negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear program.
ChinaPower released a new podcast today, “Recapping China’s G20: A Conversation with Matt Goodman.”
I Like It Like That
I don’t just like Walt Mossberg’s writing, I love it. His piece today about Apple’s iPhone Fest this week for the Verge is one of those must reads.
I’m smiling today for several reasons—Bob Schieffer and I interviewed the unparalleled New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd today for our podcast “About the News.” It will be featured on iTunes next Monday. Maureen’s new book comes out next Tuesday—it’s called “ The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics." She tells us that Hillary Clinton is facing the only opponent whose hairstyle the press cares more about than hers. The Year of Voting Dangerously is the best book I’ve read about politics or anything at all in some time.
I’m smiling because high school football and Friday Night Lights start tonight—and the great Senator John Warner (R-VA) told me to never, ever, miss one of my sons’ ballgames.
But I digress. Something about Maureen Dowd’s hilarious and insightful book, originality, world-class reporting, and overall groovyness made me think about some of the coolest musicians to ever walk the earth, the ones who had as much substance as swagger.
Like Lou Reed singing “Sweet Jane.” What a smile.
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