The Evening: Macron Visit, China’s Navy, All Along the Watchtower and More
April 23, 2018
It's Monday, April 23rd.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington today for a state visit likely to be dominated by differences with the United States over trade and the nuclear accord with Iran, as Reuters’ Steve Holland and Marine Pennetier report.
Dive Deeper : “Critical Questions: On a Mission, Macron and Merkel Come to Washington,” by CSIS’s Jeffrey Rathke and Max Shafron.
Also by CSIS’s Jeffrey Rathke, “The Courage to Confront the United States: When Allies Must Say Tough Things.”
Plus, see CSIS’s press briefing, “Macron and Merkel Visit Washington.”
North Korea’s Nukes
President Donald Trump will urge North Korea to act quickly to dismantle its nuclear arsenal when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and isn’t willing to grant Pyongyang substantial sanctions relief in return for a freeze of its nuclear and missile tests, as the Wall Street Journal’s Michael R. Gordon, Jonathan Cheng and Michael C. Bender report.
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS Beyond Parallel project’s new satellite imagery of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which indicates minimal to no activity ahead of the inter-Korean summit.
Also, see CFR’s timeline of “North Korean Nuclear Negotiations.”
Nine people have been killed and 16 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto, as the BBC reports.
China’s Naval Exercises
Every year on April 23, China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Day commemorates the founding of the service in 1949. As Newsweek’s David Brennan reports , this year’s celebrations have special significance, as a chance to display the hardware that will define the country’s future place among the world's great powers.
Dive Deeper : “Critical Questions: China’s First Domestically Built Carrier Set to Begin Sea Trials,” by CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser and Matthew Funaiole.
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An April 16 resolution in Nicaragua to lower pensions has been cancelled after one week of deadly protests. Source: Reuters.
“The Americans have little information about Iran's naval power and they understand our real power when either their vessels are sunken or entangled in a terrible situation."
On April 20, Kim Jong-un announced a resolution to discontinue nuclear and inter-continental ballistic tests. New satellite imagery from CSIS’s Beyond Parallel taken after the announcement shows no activity at North Korea’s Sohae ICBM launch station.
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(Photo Credit: Jamas Gwilliam). It turns out that the greatest surfer who ever lived, Laird Hamilton, is indeed a superhero. Last week he came to the rescue of a family vacationing in Kauai who became trapped during a severe flood. This photo shows Laird taking the family to safety.
Last night 60 Minutes had several powerful segments. I highly recommend watching “Making Ideas Into Reality at MIT’s ‘Future Factory.”
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 10:00 a.m. for a conversation on the status of Russia’s strategic weapons arsenal and what impact it will have on the strategic balance between the United States and Russia.
At 3:30 p.m., join CSIS for a screening of the Great Decisions episode, "Global Health: Preventing Pandemic," to discuss the importance of U.S. and global leadership in efforts to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
And at 5:30 p.m. join CSIS for "Iran, North Korea and Trade: Connecting the Dangerous, Long Distance Dots," a Schieffer Series discussion.
On the latest episode of the CSIS podcast, CSIS’s Jon Alterman and Lisa Collins preview this week's inter-Korean summit as well as what CIA Director Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea means for the Trump-Kim meeting.
Listen here on Apple Podcast and SoundCloud.
The new Playing for Change album, “Listen to the Music: Songs Around The World,” is now available. And so is another beautifully constructed video to support it. This time it’s “All Along the Watchtower,” and it features my old friend Cyril Neville and his nephew Ivan Neville doing their thing among some other fantastic and legendary artists.