The Evening: Iran and Israel, NK, Forever Young and More
May 10, 2018
It's Thursday, May 10th.
Israel Counterstrikes Iran
Israel’s blistering counterattack to Iranian rocket fire at its soldiers early today shows the country is determined to dislodge Tehran’s forces in Syria from its border, as the Wall Street Journal’s Asa Fitch, Dov Lieber and Felicia Schwartz report.
And, as Reuters reports, Israel said it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time in the most extensive military exchange ever between the two adversaries.
Plus, as the Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley reports, the U.S. Treasury Department today levied sanctions against several Iranian firms, individuals and officials.
Also, see the New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink’s “As Nuclear Sanctions Loom, ‘Normal Life’ Is Elusive for Iranians.”
Dive Deeper: “Critical Questions: Drilling Down: Oil Market Implications of the President’s Decision to Re-impose Sanctions on Iran,” by CSIS’s Frank Verrastro.
“Technical Implications of Trump’s JCPOA Announcement,” by the Washington Institute’s Simon Henderson.
NK Summit Set
President Trump announced today that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will occur June 12 in Singapore, as the Washington Post’s David Nakamura and John Wagner report.
Dive Deeper: “Maintaining Diplomatic Momentum - Release of U.S. Detainees from North Korea,” by CSIS’s Victor Cha.
“Can Japan and South Korea Handle Peace With Pyongyang?” by CFR’s Sheila Smith.
No Disciplinary Action for Niger
Multiple “individual, organizational, and institutional failures” were to blame for the deaths of four U.S. soldiers last year in Niger, but no disciplinary action is being recommended for those involved, Pentagon officials said today, as the Hill’s Ellen Mitchell reports.
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In That Number
More than 3,000 newly released ads show how Russian propagandists on Facebook grew increasingly sophisticated and inflammatory in their tactics.
“Iran does not have any connection to the missiles fired at Israel.”
—Deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami.
New satellite imagery from April 28 reveals the first confirmed deployment of a military aircraft, a Shaanxi Y-8, on China’s base at Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands. The Y-8 was designed as a military transport aircraft, but some variants are used for maritime patrol or signals intelligence.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.) President Trump walks with the three Americans just released from North Korea at Joint Base Andrews.
“In Mexico, The Price of America’s Hunger for Heroin,” by the Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow.
This Town Tomorrow
At 8:30 a.m., CSIS is hosting “Forty Years of U.S.-China Relations,” to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. The event has reached capacity, but you can watch the live webcast here.
At 9:45 a.m., join Brookings’ Foreign Policy program and Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security for “Redefining national security: Why and how.”
And on May 14, join CSIS at 1:00 p.m. for a conversation on the acceleration of U.S.-India economic ties and the trajectory of our security partnership. Ambassador Navetj Sarna of India and Ambassador Frank Wisner will join the discussion.
CSIS recently hosted its fourth annual Global Development Forum. Watch a new CSIS original video on the key takeaways of this year's conference here .
On the latest episode of CogitAsia, CSIS’s Brian Harding assesses the decline of democratic governance, human rights, and rule of law in several Southeast Asian countries ahead of key elections in 2018 and 2019.
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