The Evening: Iran Envoy, Trade Talks, Aretha and More
August 16, 2018
It's Thursday, August 16th.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. is ready to slap Turkey with more sanctions if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuses the quick release of an American pastor, escalating a diplomatic rift that has roiled global financial markets, as Bloomberg’s Justin Sink reports.
Dive Deeper: “The Trump-Erdogan Clash and Turkish Financial Turbulence,” by CSIS’s Bulent Aliriza and Zeynep Yekeler.
“The West Must Face Reality in Turkey,” by CFR’s Richard Haass.
Resuming Trade Talks
White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow confirmed Thursday that the U.S. and China will resume trade talks later this month, as CNBC reports.
And, President Trump said that negotiations have stalled over his attempt to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement and that he is no longer in a hurry to overhaul the pact as the WSJ’s Michael Bender reports.
Dive Deeper: “Trump's trade war with China has everyone confused. Here's what America's president really wants,” by Peterson’s Robert Lawrence.
Special Iran Envoy
The Trump administration is creating a special envoy post to coordinate the United States’ economic pressure campaign against Iran, the latest in a series of moves to cut off Tehran’s revenue and force it into a new nuclear agreement, as the New York Times’ David Sanger reports.
President Trump has eliminated rules governing the process for launching cyberattacks, giving the military freer rein to deploy its advanced hacking tools without pushback from the State Department and the intelligence community, as Politico’s Eric Geller reports.
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Enroll for Fall
Now enrolling for the Fall, CSIS & Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs offer a new Executive Master's in International Relations. Information here.
In That Number
More than 300 news publications across the United States have committed to a Boston Globe-coordinated effort to run editorials Thursday promoting the freedom of the press.
Source: Boston Globe.
"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY."
— President Trump
CSIS’s Seth Jones’ latest brief unpacks terrorism trends in the United Kingdom amidst the vehicle attack on August 14 in London. For more on the threat of terrorism in the UK as well as the country’s counterterrorism strategy, read the full brief, “Keep Calm and Carry On: The Terrorist Threat in the United States.”
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images). Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow talks to journalists outside the West Wing today.
“Europopulism: Immigration provides opening for Sweden’s right wing,” by the FT’s Richard Milne.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS on Monday at 11:00 a.m. for a celebration of World Humanitarian Day, featuring a discussion on the future of humanitarian assistance with Administrator Mark Green of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
And tomorrow at 12:00 p.m., the Hudson Institute will host a panel to examine the current state of Iraq, U.S. policy in the region, and the resurgence of ISIS and other militant groups.
In June, CSIS and the Institute for Economics and Peace celebrated the launch of the 12th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI). To mark the event, CSIS hosted a panel discussion on the GPI’s findings and implications for global peace, prosperity, and security. Watch the full event here.
Trade experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. The Trade Guys is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz.
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Aretha Franklin, along with Johnny Cash, belongs atop the musical Mt. Rushmore of the greatest American recording artists who ever lived.
I was lucky that I knew her producer, the late Jerry Wexler. Jerry would tell such amazing Aretha stories:
“Look,” Aretha said after hours of fuss in the heat of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. “All I want to do in life is just come in here, do my little thing, get out of here and be cool.”
No one was cooler than Aretha. No one.