The Evening: Missiles Coming, Detailed Diplomacy, Juke Box Hero and More
April 11, 2018
It's Wednesday, April 11th.
Note:The Evening will be “gone fishin’” until Monday, April 16.
President Trump today said that U.S. missiles “will be coming” to Syria, and warned he was willing to challenge Russia directly in launching a military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over an alleged chemical-weapons attack, as the Wall Street Journal reports.
Dive Deeper: “Critical Questions: U.S. Response to the Reported Chemical Attack in Douma,” by CSIS’s Rebecca Hersman and Melissa Dalton.
“Syria: Act Decisively or Not at All,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
“Q&A: Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria,” by the Institute for the Study of War’s Jennifer Carfarella.
Detailed Talks on Trump-Kim Meeting
The United States and North Korea have been negotiating with “will and sincerity” over the details of the planned talks between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said today, as the New York Times’ Choe Sang Hun reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Victor Cha testified today on Capitol Hill regarding, “North Korea’s Diplomatic Gambit: Will History Repeat Itself?”
Yemen’s Rebels Fire on Riyadh
Saudi forces said today that their air defense systems intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels directed at Riyadh, as the AP reports.
CNBC Market Insider editor Patti Domm points out that the potential for big oil price spikes is growing after such provocative attacks.
Minutes from the Fed’s March meeting revealed an in-depth discussion of the recent flare-up in trade tension between the U.S. and its allies, and policymakers all warned a tit-for-tat trade conflict presents “downside risks” to the outlook. Officials expressed increasing confidence in the U.S. recovery predicting the path of rate rises may need to be slightly steeper than they previously expected, as the Financial Times’ Sam Fleming reports.
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In That Number
Almost 90 percent of Venezuela’s population has dropped below the poverty line.
Source: “CSIS Brief: Venezuela’s Crisis Is Now a Regional Humanitarian Disaster.”
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’”
In 2017, Beijing carried out most of its South China Sea construction in the disputed Spratly Islands. This photo of Fiery Cross Reef shows the significant infrastructure upgrades covering about 110,000 square meters.
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.) Day 2 of Zuckerpalooza on Capitol Hill.
“How to Make Facebook More Accountable,” by Mark Penn for the New York Times.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 8:30 a.m. for a conversation on China’s Maritime Silk Road, and the strategic and economic implications for the Indo-Pacific Region.
At 1:00 p.m., join CSIS for a discussion on the threats shaping Northern Europe’s maritime landscape, featuring the Navy Chiefs of Sweden and Germany. The panel will discuss key findings from a new CSIS report, Contested Seas: Maritime Domain Awareness in Northern Europe.
And, at 6:00 p.m., join the Elliott School of International Affairs for a film screening of Take My Pictures For Me, a film capturing Palestinian frustrations over restricted movement.
Today, Victor Cha testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on North Korea’s diplomatic strategy. Watch the full testimony here.
On this week’s ChinaPower podcast: What to expect from China’s recent government reorganization, and the implications of these changes for Chinese foreign policy.
It’s funny but I have been hearing a lot of Foreigner’s music lately. The band’s music holds up so well that I think it never really went away. Take a 1980s hit like “Juke Box Hero,” it holds up surprisingly well.