The Evening CSIS: NATO’s Enduring Importance, China Fallout, Paint it Blue & More
November 18, 2016
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Donald Trump and NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg agreed today on the Western alliance’s “enduring importance,” NATO said, striving to reassure Europe that Washington will remain committed to its security, as Reuters’ Robin Emmott reports.
Dive Deeper: The Atlantic Council’s blog this week on former NATO leaders’ advice to Donald Trump.
China Unhappy with Vietnam
China lashed out at Vietnam today for extending a runway on a contested island in the South China Sea, as Fox News reports. Vietnam’s runway on the Spratly Islands was first reported yesterday by the Financial Times using CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) satellite images and today reported on by other news organizations including Reuters.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative for more.
APEC This Weekend
The APEC Summit is traditionally a ho-hum affair, but as US News’ Kevin Drew reports, this weekend’s summit of 21 nations in Peru brings heightened interest and a new set of challenges. The conference marks outgoing President Obama’s final trip overseas, and it is the first international meeting to ponder a world with the incoming Trump administration.
The AP has the latest on what’s happening in Lima where this afternoon IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said the prospects of a US-China trade war hasn’t so far led the International Monetary Fund to lower its forecast for the US economy.
Dive Deeper: Visit CSIS’s interactive micro-website “Trade Vistas.”
Emergency No More
The Zika virus that has spread to more than 50 countries is no longer considered an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization said today, as the New York Times’ Donald McNeil reports.
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS Global Health Policy Center’s monthly newsletter to keep up to date on the world’s most critical global health issues.
In That Number
The amount that Okinawan plaintiffs were awarded today for damages incurred due to aircraft noise from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Source: Stars and Stripes.
“American companies want the U.S. government to press China to play by the rules. However, they also do not want a full-blown trade war.”
—CSIS’s Scott Kennedy on the potential impact of Trump’s policies on the US-China relationship. Source: VOA.
One to Watch
Matthew P. Goodman (@mpgoodman33) holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and is senior adviser for Asian economics at CSIS. Today, the Nikkei Asian Review interviewed Matt about CSIS’s new website, Reconnecting Asia, and how the United States should engage in economic development in Asia.
(Photo Credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images.)
Russia’s Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew—French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, and US astronaut Peggy Whitson—blasts off from the launch pad to the ISS early today from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Politico profile of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by James Kitfield.
CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program hosted the “IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2016,” featuring Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director at the International Energy Agency, who presented the 2016 World Energy Outlook.
CSIS’s Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the Energy and National Security Program hosted the launch of the CSIS-led U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative. The Initiative is a unique effort to engage directly with Indian states on energy-related issues, while achieving its goal of quadrupling renewable energy use by 2022.
Join CSIS’s Korea Chair and International Security Program at 9:00 a.m. for “U.S.-Korea Defense Acquisition Policy and the International Security Environment.”
This Town Monday
Join the Wilson Center at 10:30 a.m. for “The 2016 Presidential Election: Responses from Greater China.”
Join Brookings at 3:00 p.m. for the report launch of Real Security: Governance and Stability in the Arab World. The report was commissioned by the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST), cochaired by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former national security adviser Stephen Hadley.
CSIS On Demand
Watch “Enriching the Policy Ecosystem: Broadening the Talent Base,” hosted by CSIS in October, for a discussion of innovative ways to create a workforce that reflects a demographically changing America.
CSIS’s Jeffrey Rathke joined the Russian Roulette podcast to discuss the current state of Russia, Ukraine, and Belgium, and how the US presidential election may affect US relations in the region.
I Like It Like That
Stephen Colbert on the Apple coffee table book.
I’m excited about this one. The Rolling Stones at long last are going back to their roots and releasing a covers album of blues classics called “Blue & Lonesome” due out on December 2.
The Stones set out in the studio to work on new, original material but ended up jamming to warm up. And what’s the best warm up for a band that has been going at it for 54 years? Going back to their roots.
In my view, there’s not a more soulful harmonica player who has ever lived than Mick Jagger—even Keith admits that. Brace yourself, this is really a smile.
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