The Evening CSIS: May Day, The Call and the Wall, Elton John & More
January 27, 2017
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Theresa May visited the White House today as the first head of a foreign government to meet with President Trump. The two leaders also hosted a joint press conference, the president’s first press conference since taking office. Watch it here.
Dive Deeper: The Washington Post’s David Nakamura has this report on the main highlights of the visit.
The Call and the Wall
President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico and President Trump spoke for an hour today on the phone in an attempt to open communications following Pena Nieto’s cancellation of his White House visit. The Mexican government’s readout noted that the presidents “agreed at this point not to speak publicly” about the proposed border wall, although the White House’s readout does not include that agreement.
Dive Deeper: The Peterson Institute for International Economics has this short video outlining the logic, benefits, costs, and politics of a border tax.
President Trump’s pledge to create “safe zones” in Syria has stirred debate in Washington as to how such a plan could be implemented. One of the main risks of such a plan would be a possible increase in the number of US forces needed on the ground. The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Sonne and Dion Nissenbaum have the full rundown on what it would take to create a safe zone.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Melissa Dalton covered the issue of America’s Syria options in depth in this year’s CSIS Global Forecast.
There are unconfirmed reports of China moving long-range missiles to its coastline, as a state-run newspaper calls for a boosting of its nuclear arsenal. The UK’s Independent has the story.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Tom Karako has released this graphic outlining the limits of China’s missile capabilities.
In That Number
The percentage by which the US economy grew last quarter, a slower rate than previously forecast. Source: Bloomberg.
“For those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names; we will make points to respond to that accordingly.”
— American ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley on the new US approach to the body as she made her first remarks at UN headquarters. Source: New York Times.
One to Watch
Gregory Sanders (@gregorysanders) is the deputy director of CSIS’s Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG). Today, Greg and two of his colleagues released a new report on defense development, Designing and Managing Successful International Joint Development Programs.
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President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, participate in a joint press conference at the East Room of the White House January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Prime Minister May is on a visit to the White House and had a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office with President Trump.
“Trudeau Needs to Pivot to Trump” by CSIS senior associate Christopher Sands via the Cipher Brief.
CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program hosted “IEA’s Global Gas Security Review.”
Join CSIS’s International Security Program at 10:00 a.m. for “Cooperation in a Time of Backlash: The Future of International Joint Development” for a panel discussion of multinational acquisition projects.
And watch former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright speak at 5:30 p.m. on “America’s Place in the World” as part of CSIS’s Smart Women, Smart Power initiative.
This Town Monday
Join the Atlantic Council at 12:00 p.m. for “Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Help or Harm US Interests in the Middle East?”
On February 8, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is hosting “President Trump’s East Asian Foreign Policy Options,” featuring a discussion with CSIS’s Zack Cooper.
CSIS On Demand
In case you missed it, check out the launch of the 2016 UPenn Think Tank Rankings here at CSIS yesterday.
ChinaPower and Russian Roulette joined forces this week for a discussion of Moscow’s priorities in its relations with China and Asia, and how it impacts Russia’s and China’s respective relationships with the United States.
I Like It Like That
I saved one of my favorite Elton John smiles for today—his 1976 chart topping duet with the great Kiki Dee, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
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