The Evening: Hurricane Irma, ISIS in Syria, Skunk and More
September 8, 2017
It's Friday, September 8th.
Hurtling toward Florida, Hurricane Irma could cause up to $100 billion in damage, as the New York Times’ Brad Plumer reports.Dive Deeper: Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website www.nhc.noaa.gov.
North Korea Says U.S. to “Pay Dearly”
North Korea said the United States will “pay dearly” after its UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the isolated nation was “begging for war,” again ratcheting up tensions as world leaders consider a fresh round of sanctions, as Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev, Jennifer Epstein, and David Tweed report.Dive Deeper: See Chatham House’s Kerry Brown on “Time for China to Step Up in North Korea Crisis.”
Last Stand in SyriaThe Guardian’s Martin Chulov reports that retreating ISIS fighters are preparing for a last stand in Syria.
Meanwhile, DODBuzz’s Richard Sisk reports that Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II (USA) took charge this week as the new commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria in the ongoing fight to defeat ISIS.
In That Number
The dollar has plumbed its lowest level in 33 months.
"What we’re seeing here is the improvisational presidency."
— Glenn Thrush of theNew York Times
on “Bob Schieffer’s About the News” podcast. Listen on Apple Podcasts here.
CSIS’s Kimberly Flowers authored a new commentary on the four famines happening in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images.) NOAA handout image shows Hurricane Irma as it moves toward the Florida coast as a category 4 storm in the Caribbean Sea.
“Which cities are well positioned to land Amazon’s HQ2?,” by Brookings’ Joseph Parilla.
This Town Monday
The former secretary of defence of Australia, Dennis Richardson, will discuss the U.S.-Australia alliance at 10:00 a.m. The event will be cohosted by the CSIS Alliances and Leadership Project and Southeast Asia Program.
Also at 10:00 a.m., Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, vice prime minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, will discuss the main priorities in the U.S.-Ukraine bilateral relationship.
Join CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development at 1:30 p.m. for “Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Join GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs at 1:30 p.m. for “NATO’s Adaptation and Projecting Stability.”
Via PBS, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center: “How one Syrian city is rebuilding life after ISIS.”
The CSIS Podcast released a new episode today with Kimberly Flowers, the head of CSIS’s Global Food Security Project, to discuss the threat of famine in Northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.
Listen on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.
If you think Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is a smile with Steely Dan, check him out on guitar with his “other” band, the Doobie Brothers —This clip of “Taking it to the Streets”
with Michael McDonald on piano and vocals is another one of my favorite moments in rock and roll history.I invite you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter @handrewschwartz