The Evening CSIS: NATO, NK, Roll Over Beethoven and More
March 21, 2017
It's Tuesday, March 21.
No to NATO
Reuters reported late last night that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers next month but will travel to Russia and also attend a G7 summit in Italy. The meeting currently clashes with a scheduled visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping in early April. The administration has since clarified and offered alternative dates for the NATO meeting.
Dive Deeper: CSIS senior vice president for Asia Mike Green authored on op-ed in today’s Washington Post on Tillerson’s last trip: “A report card on Tillerson’s trip to Asia.”
North Korea Accelerates
Another exclusive from Reuters has North Korea striking a bullish tone in response to potential new sanctions being placed on the regime. Choe Myong Nam, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said that in the face of joint US-South Korean military exercises that “we have no other choice but to continue with our full acceleration of the nuclear programs and missile programs.”
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Beyond Parallel website has an interactive analysis on the effects of US-South Korea military exercises on North Korea’s behavior. And CSIS’s Missile Threat website carries a graphic on the size and range of North Korea’s ballistic missiles.
Martin McGuinness Dead at 66
The former Irish Republican Army commander and Sinn Fein politician has died at the age of 66 after a short illness. He was chief negotiator for Sinn Fein in the historic Good Friday Agreement and served as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland until resigning in early January of this year. Read the New York Times obituary.
In That Number
The number of air defense troops that Romania is sending to Poland as part of US-led NATO multinational brigade. Source: AP.
“We must accept that US and Chinese interests on the Korean peninsula do not overlap. But that fact does not preclude a clear-eyed policy designed to make China invest more directly in denuclearization.”
—CSIS’s Dr. Victor Cha authored a new piece in Foreign Affairs today, “Making China Pay on North Korea: Why Beijing’s Coal Ban Isn’t Enough.”
The CSIS Task Force on Women’s & Family Health released its new report, Her Health, Her Lifetime, Our World: Unlocking the Potential of Adolescent Girls and Young Women, with recommendations for a major US initiative by the Trump administration to unlock the potential of adolescent girls and young women in select low-income countries.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty)
A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 21, 2017, in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 230 points in afternoon trading, hitting its lowest point in 2017.
“How the Rise of Electronics Has Made Smuggling Bombs Easier,” by the Atlantic’s Kaveh Wardell.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow, CSIS’s International Security Program is hosting “Space Security: Issues for the New U.S. Administration,” an all-day conference with over 20 guest speakers who will cover issues of space crisis dynamics, cooperation in space and missile defense, the future of space launch, and space situational awareness and space traffic management.
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace at 8:30 a.m. for a conference examining China’s impact on local and international efforts to reduce violent conflict.
And join Brookings at 10:00 a.m. for “The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein and U.S. Policy in Iraq” with John Nixon, former CIA analyst and author of Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein .
Earlier this month, CSIS’s Europe Program hosted “NATO and the North Atlantic: Revitalizing Collective Defense.” Watch the event on demand here.
The latest from the CSIS Energy and Geopolitics podcast series unpacks recent natural gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean and how they present an opportunity and challenge for a region that needs to meet growing demand but is hindered by regional conflicts and instability.
Thanks to all for the fond memories of Chuck Berry and sharing some of your favorite clips. Yesterday, I played one of my favorite clips of "Johnny B. Goode" because it's my favorite Berry tune. Berry's "Carol," "Little Queenie" and of course, "Tulane," are close behind.
One of my buddies, Dr. K, wrote me last night in distress that by choosing an early 70s era Berry clip, I had done Berry a disservice. I had egregiously denied everyone the 1950s Chuck Berry--in all of his glory. I must admit, Dr. K is right about this.
The Chuck Berry of the 1950s was astonishing. His performances were supernatural and bursting with primal energy. The world hadn't seen anything remotely like Berry. When he conjured up the context of something everyone was familiar with--in this case Beethoven, and turned it inside out, it was disarming. Even a bit dangerous. And this clip of Berry performing "Roll Over Beethoven" is breathtaking.