The Evening: Netanyahu Wins, China Deal, Troubled Man and More
April 10, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a clear path to re-election on Wednesday, with religious-rightist parties set to hand him a parliamentary majority and his main challenger conceding defeat, as Reuters’ Jeffrey Heller reports.
Dive Deeper: “Netanyahu on Course for a Fifth Term as Prime Minister of Israel,” by the Atlantic Council’s Shalom Lipner.
Accord on U.S.-China Trade Deal Enforcement
The U.S. and China have agreed on an enforcement mechanism for their potential trade deal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, signaling that the two sides have overcome one of the last remaining hurdles toward reaching a broader pact, as the WSJ’s Vivian Salama, Alex Leary and Kate Davidson report.
Dive Deeper: See the CSIS China Power Project’s interactive “Is China the World’s Top Trader?”
“Innocent Bystanders: Why the U.S.-China Trade War Hurts African Economies,” by CSIS’s Judd Devermont and Catherine Chiang.
Macron Ratchets Up Pressure on May
French President Emmanuel Macron stepped up pressure on Theresa May to explain her plan for achieving Brexit, as he resisted demands from other EU leaders for a compromise that would grant the UK prime minister a lengthy extension, as the FT reports.
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In That Number
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered African growth projections from 3.3 percent to 3.1 percent for 2019, citing rising trade tensions, as well as Brexit and slowing Chinese growth.
“I think spying did occur.”
— U.S. Attorney General William Barr
Sub-Saharan African countries are experiencing economic distress from the U.S.-China trade war. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that U.S.-China tariffs could cause a 1.5% cumulative drop in Africa's GDP growth by 2021.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: National Science Foundation/Getty Images). A world-spanning network of telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope has captured the first-ever picture of a supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87.
“The Urgent Quest for Slower, Better News,” by the New Yorker’s Michael Luo.
This Town Tomorrow
At 8:30 a.m., attend CSIS's annual Global Development Forum to hear how the private sector, civil societies, and multilateral institutions can tackle complex global development challenges.
At 8:45 a.m., join the Peterson Institute for a conference on value chains, digital trade, WTO reform and the changes taking place with the international trading system.
Finally, at 3:00 p.m., the Brookings Institution will host Věra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, for a conversation on EU-US digital cooperation.
Today, CSIS Human Rights Initiative hosted a panel discussion covering the paradoxical challenges posed in moderating online hate speech, while simultaneously protecting human rights to free expression. Watch the full event here.
In this second-ever live episode, students of CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha’s “Modern Asia” class join host Andrew Schwartz and guests for a lively discussion about the upcoming meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Trump.
Thanks to all of you who wrote me about Bob Dylan based on yesterday’s Smiles. I love hearing what you think. And I love thinking about Bob Dylan’s work and how it relates to things I know about.
For instance, and this is just a small example since we are talking about Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” and its enduring influence. Without “Nashville Skyline,” I would argue that the country-rock of John Mellencamp (which I love) doesn’t exist and we wouldn’t have brilliant tracks like 2014’s “Troubled Man.” Watch this and I think you’ll understand how an album that Dylan recorded 50 years ago infuses art being made in this decade.