The Evening: NAFTA, NK’s Money Masters, Déjà Vu and More
August 27, 2018
It's Monday, August 27th.
President Trump today said he reached an agreement with Mexico to rewrite portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement and threatened to remove Canada from the three-country accord if Ottawa failed to make concessions, as Politico’s Sabrina Rodriquez, Adam Behsudi and Megan Cassella report.
And, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jesse Newman and Heather Haddon report, the Trump administration said it would make $4.7 billion in payments to U.S. farmers to offset losses from trade battles rippling across the globe.
Dive Deeper: “Critical Questions: NAFTA or U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement?” by CSIS’s Bill Reinsch, Jack Caporal and Andrew Chatzky.
“A Reported NAFTA Auto Deal Would Backfire Against Consumers and Auto Makers Alike,” by Peterson’s Jeffrey Schott.
“Down the Stretch They Come: Nations Must Push to Finish NAFTA Deal,” by the Wilson Center’s Earl Anthony Wayne.
“NAFTA: The End?” by the Atlantic Council’s David Wemer.
“Critical Questions: China Trade War Escalation? Where to from Here?” by CSIS’s Stephanie Segal, Ann Listerud and Jack Caporal.
Iran and Syria Deal
Iran and Syria today signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defense ministers of the two countries today in Damascus, as Reuters reports.
The mass killings of Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine State constitute genocide and top military commanders should face prosecution for crimes against humanity, a team of United Nations investigators has concluded, as NPR’s Camila Domonske reports.
North Korea’s Money Masters
An expanding network of markets in North Korea is emerging as a vital cog in leader Kim Jong Un’s mission to revive the economy, while forging a class of moneyed elite whose interests the regime can’t overlook according to a new study by CSIS’s Beyond Parallel Project and reported on by the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Cheng.
Dive Deeper: See “The Markets: Private Economy and Capitalism in North Korea?” by CSIS’s Victor Cha and Lisa Collins along with an interactive map by the CSIS iDeas Lab.
Kenya’s White House Visit
President Trump today welcomed the president of Kenya to the White House, where the two leaders talked trade and security, as the AP reports.
Dive Deeper: “The World is Coming to Sub-Saharan Africa. Where is the United States?” by CSIS’s Judd Devermont.
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In That Number
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay farmers up to $4.7 billion to offset trade conflict losses.
“Do not despair of our present difficulties, we believe always in the promise and greatness of America.”
—Senator John McCain
In North Korea, state-sanctioned private markets appear to be deeply integrated into both the economy and society. A new study from the CSIS Korea Chair has the data.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
Senator John McCain delivers keynote remarks during the 2011 South China Sea Conference at CSIS.
John McCain appeared on CBS’s “Face The Nation” 112 times, more than any other guest. Bob Schieffer conducted most of those interviews. Here’s his reflection on Senator McCain.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:30 a.m., The Wilson Center and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) will co-host a hold a discussion on "Where's the Link? Maternal and Child Health, Aid, and Armed Conflict."
Last Monday, CSIS welcomed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green to celebrate World Humanitarian Day, and discuss evolving challenges in the aid community and the future of humanitarian assistance. Watch the full event here.
The CSIS Americas Program podcast looks at the politics and policies of the 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere. It especially focuses on U.S. engagement with the region, whether on trade, diplomacy, or security issues like drugs and terrorism.
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I’ve been smiling big time by listening to CSN and CSNY lately. Sometimes I listen to songs over and over—it gets me into a rhythm for my morning swim. Songs like “Southern Cross,” “Dark Star,” “Turn Your Back On Love,” and “Long Time Gone” just to name a few.
Then there is the astonishingly great “CSNY 1974” live album that was released in 2014. It’s a mammoth document of the band at the height of their powers. And it includes a DVD of live performances that are so good it is hard to believe. Take this one, “Déjà Vu.”