The Evening: Defense Bill, Afghan Taliban, Jam Session and More
August 13, 2018
It's Monday, August 13th.
Defense Bill Signed
President Trump today signed into law the $717 billion annual defense policy bill, the earliest in the year the bill has become law in more than four decades, as the Hill’s Rebecca Kheel reports.
Dive Deeper: "What Really Matters In The Defense Authorization Act & What Didn’t Get Done," by CSIS's Mark Cancian for Breaking Defense.
Visit CSIS’s micro-website, Defense 360.
Turkey Economic Crisis
The Turkish lira fell further today despite central bank moves to shore up the financial system, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at economic “traitors” and accused the US of stabbing the country “in the back,” as the FT’s Laura Pitel and Ayla Jean Yackley report.
Dive Deeper: “Turkey’s currency crisis rages on,” by the Middle East Institute’s Gonul Tol.
Iran Rejects Trump Offer
Iran’s Supreme Leader today rejected President Trump’s offer of unconditional talks to improve bilateral ties and he also accused the Iranian government of economic mismanagement in the face of reimposed U.S. sanctions, as Reuters' Parisa Hafezi reports.
Dive Deeper: “The Return of U.S. Sanctions on Iran: What to Know,” by CFR.
Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have taken over most of the rural areas in Ghazni Province, even as they continue to battle the government for control of the provincial capital, according to local officials and residents, as the New York Times’ Rod Norland and Jawad Sukhanyar report.
Dive Deeper: “Losing by ‘Winning’: America's Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
Also, see Terrorism: U.S. Strategy and the Trends in Its ‘Wars’ on Terrorism, by Cordesman.
Syrian government officials vowed today to ensure the safe return of refugees and urged Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions, as the AP’s Dmitry Kozlov and Sergei Grits report.
Dive Deeper: “Don’t Give Up Yet: There’s Still a Chance to Salvage Eastern Syria,” by CSIS’s Melissa Dalton and Carnegie’s Frances Brown.
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In That Number
The Turkish lira is down more than 40 percent this year.
“I ban holding any talks with America... America never remains loyal to its promises in talks.”
—Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
In July, CSIS's Bulent Aliriza authored a commentary on Erdogan's "New Turkey," and how the country's new presidential system of government works.
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(Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.) President Trump takes a selfie with a supporter during a Bikers for Trump event at the Trump National Golf Club on Saturday in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“Hacking The Electric Grid Is Damned Hard,” by Five Thirty-Eight’s Maggie Koerth-Baker.
CSIS Next Week
Join CSIS on Monday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate World Humanitarian Day with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green. World Humanitarian Day is an international celebration that commemorates both the accomplishments and sacrifices of humanitarian aid personnel who work in difficult and dangerous environments.
“The New Barbarianism,” a CSIS original documentary, examines the surge of violence against health workers, patients, and facilities worldwide. Watch the full documentary here.
On the latest episode of Take as Directed, Owen Ryan, Executive Director of the International AIDS Society (IAS), joins the podcast to discuss the main takeaways from this year’s International AIDS Conference, and address the concerns raised by activists about holding the conference in the United States in 2020, which is set to take place in San Francisco and Oakland.
Listen on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud.
I love it when great musicians get to jamming. But this little clip is extraordinary. Imagine walking in on George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell and Ringo Starr doing their thing—just for themselves.