The Evening: ISIS Attack, May Survives, I Feel The Earth Move and More
January 16, 2019
It's Wednesday, January 16th.
U.S. Troops Killed by ISIS in Syria
Four Americans were among 15 people killed today in a suicide bombing in northern Syria that was claimed by ISIS, as the New York Times’s Eric Schmitt and Ben Hubbard report.
Dive Deeper: “The Evolution of the Salafi-Jihadist Threat: Current and Future Challenges from the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, and Other Groups,” by CSIS’s Seth Jones.
Theresa May on Wednesday night narrowly saw off a vote of no confidence, but immediately faced a new confrontation with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as she tried to save her Brexit deal, as the FT’s Laura Hughes and George Parker report.
Dive Deeper: “May Survives Confidence Vote, But Now Must Deliver a New Brexit Plan,” by the Atlantic Council’s David Wemer.
The United States today rejected a Russian offer to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) treaty that keeps nuclear missiles out of Europe because it could not be properly verified, setting the stage for Washington to withdraw from the pact next month, as Reuters’ Robin Emmott reports.
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In That Number
China's central bank injected a record $83 billion into the country's financial system on Wednesday, seeking to avoid a cash crunch that would put further pressure on the weakening economy.
“My concern, by the statements made by President Trump, is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting. You make people we're trying to help wonder about us. And as they get bolder, the people we're trying to help are going to get more uncertain. I saw this in Iraq. And I'm now seeing it in Syria.”
— U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
As the 20th anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s rise to power approaches, Venezuela is suffering from a prolonged economic depression which rivals the magnitude of the Great Depression in the United States. To learn more about how this domestic crisis has evolved into a regional humanitarian crisis, read a new commentary from the CSIS Americas Program here.
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(Photo credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images). British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street to face a second vote of no confidence in the House of Commons after her latest Brexit deal was rejected by a vote of 432 to 202.
“As the 2020 race gets started, so too do key foreign policy debates,” by Brookings’s Ryan Trapani.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:30 a.m., join CSIS for a discussion with leaders from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s to explore factors that could impact India's economic development leading up to its national election this spring.
And at 10:00 a.m., Brookings will host a panel of leading Africa experts to offer insights on regional trends, along with recommendations for national governments, regional organizations, multilateral institutions, and civil society actors.
Later, at 3:00 p.m., the Wilson Center, in partnership with the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, will hold a discussion on kleptocracy in Central Asia and its impacts on U.S. national security.
CSIS today hosted a discussion on Japan's national defense strategy with Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya of Japan. Watch the full event here.
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Thank you all for letting me know that you love Carole King. She’s written so many great songs but my favorite is “I Feel The Earth Move.”