The Evening: New Russian Hacking, Auto Tariffs, Eagles and More
August 21, 2018
It's Tuesday, August 21st.
New Russian Hacking
The Russian military intelligence unit that sought to influence the 2016 election appears to have a new target: conservative American think tanks that have broken with President Trump and are seeking continued sanctions against Moscow, exposing oligarchs or pressing for human rights, as the New York Times’ David Sanger and Sheera Frenkel report .
And, as CNBC reports, the United States today imposed sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian firm for what it said were their actions to help another Russian company avoid sanctions targeting Russia's malicious cyber-related activities.
Auto Tariff Timetable
The Trump administration is likely pushing back its timetable for imposing tariffs on auto imports, easing concerns of many in the auto industry who have widely opposed the duties, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jacob Schlesinger and Chester Dawson report.
Dive Deeper : Check out the latest CSIS “Trade Guys” podcast.
“Vehicular Assault: Proposed Auto Tariffs Will Hit American Car Buyers’ Wallets,” by the Peterson Institute’s Mary E. Lovely, Jérémie Cohen-Setton and Euijin Jung.
Iran Showcases New Fighter Jet
Iran said today it would boost its military might and also showcased a new fighter jet amid increased tensions with the United States and with regional rivals over conflicts in the Middle East, as Reuters’ Bozorgmehr Sharafedin reports.
Dive Deeper : “Iran Is Throwing a Tantrum but Wants a Deal,” by the Washington Institute’s Dennis Ross.
Be Like Trump
Britain’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt today in a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace praised President Trump for increasingly strong sanctions against Russia and called on Europeans to match his efforts, whether in response to a nerve agent attack in England last spring, election interference or the annexation of Crimea, as the Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung reports.
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In That Number
Wednesday marks 3,453 days since the S&P 500 hit its low of 666 on March 9, 2009. Source: WSJ
“We are now seeing another uptick in attacks. What is particular in this instance is the broadening of the type of websites they are going after.”
— Brad Smith, Microsoft president
Since the launch of Sputnik 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1957, 29 spaceports around the world have been used to launch satellites to orbit. A new interactive from the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, "Spaceports of the World," describes the history of global space launch.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images). British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks about UK foreign policy and upholding the international order at the US Institute of Peace today in Washington.
“Time to build a (virtual) wall addressing the root causes of forced migration,” by CSIS’s Daniel Runde.
This Town Tomorrow
At 8:00 a.m., the Brookings Institution will hold a discussion on "Reimagining the U.S.-South Korea Alliance" with CSIS’s Michael Green, senior vice president of Asia and Japan chair.
And at 10:45 a.m., the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) will host its Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAS) Summit.
Earlier this year, CSIS hosted a discussion on the crisis in Venezuela and the role of the international community to halt the ongoing humanitarian disaster. Watch the full event here.
North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week, join the people who know the most about North Korea—CSIS’s Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insiders discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority.
Listen on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts.
“So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.”
I’m so psyched that I have a hook to talk about the Eagles, my favorite band. The last time I wrote about them was under the sad circumstances of Glenn Frey’s passing. But this is a good hook—it was reported yesterday that the Eagles officially have the best-selling album of all time with over 38 million sold. Their “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” has overtaken Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller.” And guess what the third best-selling album of all time is? You got it, “Hotel California.”
“Greatest Hits 1971-1975,” with its striking sky blue southwestern themed album cover contains some of the most memorable and well-loved songs in rock history: “Take It Easy,” “Already Gone,” “Witchy Woman,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Desperado,” “One Of These Nights,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and “The Best Of My Love.”
But for me, “Take It To The Limit,” written by Frey, Don Henley and Randy Meisner is first among equals. Meisner sings lead and the impossibly high notes that he hits eventually became impossible for him to hit. In June of 1977, Meisner was suffering from a stomach ulcer and refused to sing. This proved to be a major problem for Frey and the rest of the band as “Take It To The Limit” was a fan favorite. By September of that year, Meisner left the band and was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit.
It’s a sad story, but it’s an extraordinary song—even for the Eagles.