The Evening CSIS: Yo La Tengo, Top of the Pack, Encore for George and More
February 23, 2017
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Yo La Tengo
Mexican interior secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong did not mince words when speaking alongside his American counterpart in Mexico City today. “We do not agree on the different measures that recently were stated by the government of the United States (that) affect Mexico,” Osorio Chong said. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were in Mexico to try to smooth the relationship and address some of the differences that have emerged between the United States and its neighbor, as CNN reports.
And, as Politico’s Noland McCaskill reports, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly softened the administration’s rhetoric on immigration today, contradicting President Donald Trump’s characterization of his deportation plan, as he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to repair the strained relationship between the US and Mexico.
Bloomberg’s Eric Martin and Nacha Cattan report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wanted to focus on a range of bilateral issues, including trade, in a meeting with their Mexican counterparts.
Fight for Mosul
Days after expanding the fight for of Mosul, Iraq’s security forces are pushing further into the strategic city’s western portion, focusing on its airport. Thousands of ISIS fighters are believed to be in Mosul, the extremist group’s biggest stronghold in Iraq, as NPR’s Bill Chappell reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Tony Cordesman has a recent and related report: Tracking the Trends and Numbers: Islam, Terrorism, Stability, and Conflict in the Middle East.
China’s Retractable Roof
China has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles. And new satellite photos from CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show what appear to be concrete structures with retractable roofs on the artificial island Fiery Cross reefs in the South China Sea, as Reuters’ Idrees Ali reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has new satellite photos and analysis published today of China’s efforts to extend its defense capabilities in the South China Sea.
Top of the Pack
President Donald Trump said today in an interview with Reuters’ Steve Holland that he wants to build up the US nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. In the interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea “very easily if they want to,” ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang.
In an interview today with CNBC, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed the president’s promise to fast track the branding of China as a currency manipulator, as the Financial Times’ Sam Fleming and Demetri Sevastopulo report.
In That Number
The total foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow to India in 2016, up 18% over 2015. Source: CSIS’s Rick Rossow, “FDI Liberalization: More in Store.”
“English proficiency must be considered a mutually beneficial skill that promotes integration of more countries into the global economy, fosters international understanding, and contributes to US interests in peace, security, and economic development.”
—CSIS’s Daniel F. Runde and Erin Nealer authored a new commentary today, “English Language Proficiency and Development.”
New satellite imagery from CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative appears to confirm a February 21 Reuters report that China has nearly completed structures intended to house surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems on its three largest outposts in the Spratly Islands. See AMTI’s latest feature, “A Look at China’s SAM Shelters in the Spratlys.”
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, audio, and video.
(Photo credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images.) Smoke billows as Iraqi forces attack Mosul airport today during an offensive to retake the western side of the city from ISIS.
“Marines Head to Australia: Still Working Toward a Full Deployment,” an interview with CSIS Andrew Shearer, Australia’s former National Security Advisor by The Cipher Brief.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s Global Health Policy Center at 12:00 p.m. for a discussion with Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, US surgeon general, on evolving US public health approaches to America’s opioid epidemic.
Join AEI, the Americas Society, and the Council of the Americas at 9:00 a.m. for a discussion on the challenges to and opportunities for recovery and democratic restoration in Venezuela.
Join Brookings at 9:30 a.m. for a book discussion of Religion and Nationalism in Southeast Asia.
CSIS On Demand
Today, CSIS hosted a discussion with General David L. Goldfein, US Air Force chief of staff. Watch it on demand here .
This week, the ChinaPower podcast covers China’s attempts to use film and media to promote a positive narrative of China’s role as a global power.
An encore for George is a must. And, check out the musicians in Harrison’s band in this clip.
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