The Evening: Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Afghanistan, Sarah Smile and More
April 8, 2019
Designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Terrorist Organization
The United States moved Monday to list Iran’s elite military Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization as the Trump administration looks for new ways to increase economic and political pressure on the Islamic regime in Tehran, as the Washington Post’s Anne Gearan and Carol Morello report.
U.S. Deaths in Afghanistan
Three U.S. service members and an American contractor were killed in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device on Monday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction recently spoke at CSIS, read the transcript.
Libyan Warlord Defies U.S.
Aircraft loyal to Gen. Khalifa Haftar shelled the Libyan capital’s only functioning airport, as the rogue military commander defied U.S. calls to halt an assault on Tripoli, as the WSJ’s Jared Maslin reports.
If Israel were to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised in his re-election campaign, it would be a potentially fatal blow to the already tattered prospects for a peace agreement with side-by-side states, and could unleash a new round of violence, Palestinians warned on Monday, as the NYT’s Richard Perez-Pena reports.
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.
Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “Testify” and “High Resolution.” In under 90 seconds, CSIS experts tell you what they told Congress in testimony, or use high-resolution satellite images and advanced mapping to break down national security issues. And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!
In That Number
The Congressional Budget Office estimates growth in year-over-year economic output would slow to 1.7% in 2020 if a budget deal isn’t reached this fall and the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester kick in, down from a projected 2.3% in 2019 and 3.1% in 2018.
“If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”
— President Trump
The value of China’s exports in goods annually surpasses the amount it imports from the rest of the world. When excluding trade with the US and Hong Kong, China exported $1.68 trillion and imported $1.55 trillion in goods in 2017.
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). Outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen walks out of her home to speak to the media today in Alexandria, Virginia.
“Grading China's Belt and Road,” by CNAS’ Daniel Kliman, Rush Doshi, Kristine Lee and AEI’s Zack Cooper .
This Town Tomorrow
At 8:30 a.m., join CSIS, the Brookings Institution, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for an all-day event at CSIS marking the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.
After that, at 5:30 p.m., the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute will host Brazilian Vice President Mourão to discuss the new Bolsonaro administration, the Brazilian response to the crisis in Venezuela, and Brazil’s economic relationships.
And, at 6:00 p.m., the John Hopkins SAIS European and Eurasian Studies (EES) Program will hold a discussion on the upcoming European Parliamentary elections.
Last week, CSIS’ Transnational Threats Project hosted a conversation on the war against ISIS with renowned New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi. Watch the full video here.
The Smart Women, Smart Power biweekly podcast features powerful, in-depth conversations with women leaders from around the globe who are experts in foreign policy, national security, international business, and international development.
Listen on SoundCloud, Spotify, & Apple Podcasts.
Everyone deserves to have a groovy Monday. Especially Monday mornings when you just want to ease into things for a few minutes before the intensity picks up.
Admittedly, sometimes my Mondays feel like a hard charging Motley Crue song--and that can be cool too. But this morning the sun was shining and there was a gentle breeze. When I cruised up to Bethesda’s funky Bradley Food and Beverage to grab my morning iced tea, I opened the door to find a groovy surprise. Hall and Oates’ 1976 classic “Sarah Smile” filled the air coming from the Bradley speakers, a warm sounding boombox near the deli counter. It was a very groovy Monday.