The Evening: Mar-a-Lago Summit, Cyber Warning, Playing for Change and More
April 17, 2018
It's Tuesday, April 17th.
President Trump said he’s given South Korea his “blessing” to negotiate a peace deal with North Korea, and that five locations are under consideration for his meeting with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, as Bloomberg’s Toluse Olorunnipa and Margaret Talev report.
And, as the BBC reports, President Trump and Japanese PM Abe will talk global trade at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Meanwhile, as the FT reports late this afternoon, Beijing has conceded to U.S. policymakers by lifting ownership rules that limit foreign investment in Chinese carmakers, the first significant sign China is willing to bend to American demands.
Dive Deeper : “Critical Questions: Key Drivers for the Abe-Trump Summit: Mar-a-Lago, Round Two,” by CSIS’s Mike Green, Matt Goodman, Victor Cha and Nick Szechenyi
“Abe Returns to Mar-a-Lago,” by CFR’s Sheila Smith
U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies said Russian cyberattackers are targeting critical internet infrastructure to spy on Western companies and governments, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Douglas reports .
In other cyber news, as the New York Times’ David Sanger reports, more than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, announced a set of principles on Tuesday that included a declaration that they would not help any government—including that of the United States—mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere,” reflecting Silicon Valley’s effort to separate itself from government cyberwarfare.
Chemical Weapons Experts Reach Douma
Global chemical weapons inspectors finally reached the Syrian town today where a suspected poison gas attack took place, days after the United States, Britain and France launched missile strikes to punish Damascus for it, as Reuters’ Angus McDowall reports.
Dive Deeper : “4 Essential Elements of a U.S. Strategy on Syria,” by Brooking’s Michael O’Hanlon
“Trump's Order to Strike Syria May End Future Chemical Weapons Attacks,” by the Washington Institute’s Andrew Tabler
Iran Threatens Israel
Iran has issued a threat against Israel following last weekend's attack on an Iranian drone base in Syria, as CNBC’s Natasha Turak reports.
Defense Outlook 2018
CSIS's International Security Program has published a 10 volume report, Defense Outlook 2018, to assess the Trump administration’s strategy documents and FY 2019 budgets for defense. The report begins with a strategy overview, then examines budgets, forces, and acquisition. The remaining six analyses examine specialty topics from nuclear weapons to regional strategies. Read the full report here.
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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
World growth strengthened in 2017 to 3.8 percent, with a notable rebound in global trade. Source: World Economic Outlook, IMF
“We are in a context where a kind of European civil war is emerging, in which our differences and national egos sometimes seem more important than what unites us.”
In 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embarked on a bold experiment: It began drafting young men into the military. A new CSIS podcast miniseries, Citizens in Training, explores what the UAE’s bold experiment in military conscription as a nationbuilding tool reveals about the country’s leadership.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Joe Marcus, a passenger). One person has died after a Southwest Airlines flight from LaGuardia to Dallas Love Field made an emergency landing in Philadelphia Tuesday morning after suffering serious engine damage and what appeared to be at least one blown-out window, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Source: NBC 4 New York.
“The War in Yemen and the Making of a Chaos State,” by Defense One’s Ben Watson.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 9:00 a.m. for a conversation with Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on congressional oversight and leadership in U.S. foreign policy.
At 12:00 p.m., join CSIS for a conversation on the current state of financing for the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The event will also serve as the launch of the IHME's Financing Global Health 2017 annual report.
And, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., join Kramerbooks for a book talk with Scott Tong on the release of his new book, A Village with My Name, a work that is as much a family history as it is a story of a superpower's globalization.
Today, CSIS’s Energy & National Security Program hosted a conversation with Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. He discussed strategies in the philanthropic community to address climate change. Watch the full conversation here.
On the latest episode of the CSIS Podcast, CSIS’s Melissa Dalton discusses what an American troop exit from Syria would mean and the wider issue of stabilizing a post-conflict country.
Thanks to everyone who wrote me about Playing for Change. I’m so glad you liked the great version of the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.” And I have great news—Playing for Change has a new album coming out on April 20 called “Listen to the Music.”
The new record showcases 12 new classic songs, all recorded live outside with a mobile recording studio in 25 countries. The album features performances from over 200 musicians, including The Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Tom Morello, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more.
Here’s another track from the new album, “Everlasting Arms,” featuring the incomparable Dr. John and a host of fine musicians spanning the globe.