The Evening CSIS: T. Rex, New Order, Dear Mr. Fantasy & More
December 13, 2016
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Donald Trump has chosen Exxon Mobil Corp. chief executive (and CSIS Trustee) Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, as the Wall Street Journal’s Peter Nicholas and Carol Lee report.
And, CSIS’s president and CEO John Hamre discussed Tillerson’s appointment today on CNBC’s Closing Bell.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s statement on the Tillerson appointment.
Iran ordered its scientists today to start developing systems for nuclear-powered marine vessels in response to what it calls a US violation of its landmark 2015 atomic deal with world powers, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: See the Washington Institute’s “The Trump Administration and the Middle East: A Washington Institute Guide.”
The Perfect Weapon
The New York Times’ Eric Lipton, David Sanger and Scott Shane reported this afternoon on “How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the US.”
Surge Toward 20K
Global stocks advanced today, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging toward 20,000 on speculation that the Federal Reserve’s expected rate increase is a signal of confidence that the world’s largest economy is strengthening, as Bloomberg reports.
Dive Deeper: See “Rethink Trade” by Chatham House’s Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, who argues that Donald Trump’s trade policy may not be as radical in practice as he described it on the stump, and his win is an opportunity to address the shortcomings in the current global trade system.
In That Number
The number of M1A2 battle tanks that the State Department has approved for sale to Kuwait. Source: Reuters.
"There are good reasons to question some aspects of US trade and security policies. The key, however, will be to lay achievable goals, making it clear that US demands are practical and negotiable.”
—CSIS’s Anthony H. Cordesman in a new commentary yesterday, “The Trump Transition and Asia: The Need for Policies and Plans.”
One to Watch
(Photo Credit: Washington Post.)
Elise Viebeck (@eliseviebeck) is covering the presidential transition for the Washington Post.
(Photo Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.)
Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower today in New York.
“The Battle for Aleppo, Syria’s Stalingrad, Ends” by Robin Wright for the New Yorker.
CSIS’s Energy and National Security Program hosted a discussion with Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, secretary general of OPEC, and a presentation of OPEC’s World Oil Outlook 2016.
CSIS’s Americas Program hosted “Brazil’s Agribusiness Model and Impact for Global Development.”
And CSIS’s Africa Program hosted a conversation with Ledio Cakaj, author of When the Walking Defeats You: One Man's Journey as Joseph Kony's Bodyguard.
Join CSIS’s Americas Program at 10:30 a.m. for a conversation on Venezuela’s public health emergency, “Venezuela's Health Sector: Current Crisis and Opportunities for International Engagement”
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Atlantic Council at 9:00 a.m. for “The Future of the Ukrainian Economy.”
And join CFR on demand at 12:45 p.m. for “Confronting the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Putting Faith in Humanitarian Aid.”
CSIS On Demand
In October, CSIS hosted “Enriching the Policy Ecosystem: Broadening the Talent Base” to discuss innovative ways to create a foreign policy workforce that reflects a demographically changing America.
CSIS’s Energy Podcast Series analyzes climate risk and portfolio analysis in a new podcast released today.
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