The Evening: NAFTA, Russian War Games, Change Partners and More
August 28, 2018
It's Tuesday, August 28th.
Note: The Evening will be “gone fishin’” on August 29.
Canada’s foreign minister cut short a trip to Europe and rushed to Washington today as President Trump’s top trade advisers reiterated that the United States is prepared to leave Canada out of a revised North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico, as the New York Times’ Alan Rappeport and Ana Swanson report.
Dive Deeper: “Critical Questions: NAFTA or U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement?” by CSIS’s Bill Reinsch, Jack Caporal and Andrew Chatzky.
“Trump’s Deal With Mexico: A New NAFTA?” by CFR’s Edward Alden.
Russian War Games
Russia will next month hold its biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today, a massive military exercise that will also involve the Chinese and Mongolian armies, as Reuters’ Andrew Osborn reports.
The U.S. doesn’t plan to suspend more joint military drills with South Korean forces, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, as diplomatic progress on North Korea’s denuclearization appears to have stalled. In addition, Mattis addressed matters related to Turkey, Syria and Yemen today at the Pentagon, as Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio and Bill Faries report.
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In That Number
A study of markets in North Korea found that there are at least 436 officially sanctioned markets located across the country. Source: CSIS’s Beyond Parallel.
“You have seen our administration act twice on the use of chemical weapons.”
— Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on reports that Syria’s government is moving chemical weapons into place to stage an assault on the last rebel stronghold around the northwestern province of Idlib.
Five years after commissioning its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, China launched its second carrier – the Type 001A – on April 26, 2017. What do we know (so far) about China’s second aircraft carrier? Find out on chinapower.csis.org.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images). U2 singer Bono outside the Chancellery after he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today in Berlin to discuss issues related to her upcoming trip to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.
"The Truth About the Liberal Order," by the Kennedy School’s Graham Allison.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., the United States Energy Association (USEA) will hold a briefing on "Trends in Energy and Energy Efficiency Employment."
Also at 10:00 a.m., the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) holds a discussion on "The U.S.-India 2+2."
And at 12:00 p.m., George Washington University (GWU) Elliott School of International Affairs holds a discussion on "After Helsinki: What's in Store for U.S.-Russian Nuclear Relations?"
CSIS's James A. Lewis testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism last week on "Cyber Threats to Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure."
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.
Listen on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were on fire during their 1974 tour. Every time I think I like one of their voices better than the other I’m reminded that it’s an impossible intellectual exercise.
The looseness that they performed with when all four were together back then (and in the past two decades on occasion as well) is remarkable. This clip from Wembley Stadium in 1974 underscores the easy, natural groove that would settle in among them.