The Evening: Iran, China, American Treasure and More
October 3, 2018
It's Wednesday, October 3rd.
The US terminated a 1955 treaty of friendship with Iran today, signaling a further fracturing of relations between the two countries as the FT’s Katrina Manson reports.
And, as Reuters reports, the World Court today ordered the United States to ensure that sanctions against Iran, due to be tightened next month, do not affect humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety.
Dive Deeper: “Iran’s Vulnerabilities to U.S. Sanctions,” by the Washington Institute’s Patrick Clawson.
Oil prices notched fresh multiyear highs on Wednesday, as the market girded itself for the re-imposition of U.S. economic sanctions on Iran’s oil industry, as the WSJ’s Christopher Alessi and Stephanie Yang report.
Dive Deeper: “President Trump Lambasts OPEC, but Policies Also Impact Oil Prices,” by CSIS’s Frank Verrastro and Larry Goldstein.
A high-level security dialogue between China and the United States was postponed at the request of Washington, Beijing says as bilateral tensions rise on various fronts, from trade to the military, as the South China Morning Post’s Catherine Wong reports.
Dive Deeper: “China and the U.S.: Choosing Between the Four ‘Cs’ – Conflict and Containment Versus Competition and Cooperation,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
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In That Number
A North Korean hacking group dubbed APT38 is responsible for the theft of over a hundred million dollars, alleges U.S. security firm FireEye.
"Iran is a rogue regime, it has been a threat throughout the Middle East ... So I don't take what they say seriously at all."
—National Security Adviser John Bolton
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(Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.) National Security Advisor John Bolton today at the White House.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., join CSIS for a new installment of the CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum, featuring 29th Prime Minister of Australia Mr. Malcom Turnbull.
Later, at 1:30 p.m., CSIS will hold a conversation with author Hank Meijer to discuss his book, Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.
And at 11:00 a.m. the Hudson institute will host Vice President Vice Pence as for a speech on the administration’s policy towards China.
Today, Ambassador Richard L. Armitage and Professor Joseph S. Nye today released a bipartisan study on the U.S.-Japan alliance. Watch the full presentation, including the report’s suggested agenda for the U.S.-Japan alliance from now through 2030, here.
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There are a few artists that just stay with me in a way that others do not. I’m sure you have yours too. For me, it begins with Bob Dylan and The Band. Their music is forever stamped on my soul. Same thing with the Neville Brothers and Bruce Springsteen. And then there is Tom Petty, who tragically passed away a year ago yesterday.
I’ve been listening to the new Petty collection, “An American Treasure,” a four-disc box set comprised of deeper cuts, alternate takes and unreleased songs. It’s excellent. One of the most striking gems of this collection is an early live recording of “Breakdown,” before a small audience at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Listening to it, you feel as if you are in the room with Petty and the Heartbreakers. And it’s such a joyously groovy, extended version of the song. Indeed, Tom Petty was/is an American treasure.