The Evening: NK, Kurdish Referendum, Foo Fighters and More
September 25, 2017
It's Monday, September 25th.
North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space, as Reuters reports .
And as the New York Times’ Rick Gladstone and David Sanger report, within hours, the Trump administration pushed back on the NK foreign minister’s assertions, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling a news briefing in Washington: “We have not declared war on North Korea.”
Dive Deeper : See CSIS’s short video (2:26) “How it Works: Detecting a North Korean Missile Strike on Guam.”
Plus, this backgrounder by CFR’s Eleanor Albert: “What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea.”
Warning to the Kurds
President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Monday that Turkey could cut off the pipeline that carries oil from northern Iraq to the outside world, intensifying pressure on the Kurdish autonomous region over its independence referendum, as Reuters reports.
And AP has this explainer: “What’s next after Iraqi Kurds vote on independence?”
Germany’s Angela Merkel was reelected chancellor for a fourth consecutive time, but as Deutsche Welle reports, the rise of the far-right AfD and losses for two major parties in Germany’s election may have shaken up the country’s political landscape in a dramatic fashion.
And, as the WSJ’s William Boston reports, German business leaders on Monday warned that the rise of a nationalist anti-immigration party could hurt the nation’s export-driven economy.
Dive Deeper : CSIS’s Jeffrey Rathke has this new commentary: “Taking our Fate into our own Hands’: U.S.-German Relations in Merkel’s Fourth Term.”
See the Atlantic Council’s “Interview with Dan Fried: German Election Shows Europe’s Nationalist Wave Has Not Crested.”
Snap Election in Japan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election that will decide whether Japan sustains its massive economic stimulus and shape the country’s future until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and beyond, as FT’s Robin Harding and Peter Wells report.
Dive Deeper : See CSIS’s Nicholas Szechenyi on “Abe Calls a Snap Election.”
In That Number
The chances of nuclear war with North Korea, according to Admiral James Stavridis (USN Ret.), dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Source: LA Times.
“You can look at this as a historic development for Germany in that you now have a far-right party in the legislature or as an adjustment to a wider European trend.”
— CSIS’s Jeff Rathke via Deutsche Welle.
Today our Kremlin Playbook podcast was featured on Apple Podcasts. You can download, subscribe, and listen to the first episode here.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Amir Levy/Getty Images.) North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-Ho, departs after speaking to reporters at the UN Millennium Plaza hotel today in New York City.
“Congressional aides risk conflicts with stock trades,” a Politico investigation by Maggie Severns.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:00 a.m., attend the latest of the “Careers in Global Development” series, this time featuring Michael Hess, who has held positions in the U.S. military, private and public sectors, and the U.S. government.
Join the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business at 10:00 a.m. for a morning conference on humanitarian licensing, a new concept in IP regulation that seeks to improve access to new innovation in humanitarian contexts.
At 11:00 a.m., the Philippine secretary of foreign affairs, Alan Peter Cayetano, will speak at CSIS as part of the CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum.
At 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Europe Program will host Edward Luce, Washington columnist for the Financial Times , to discuss the rise of populism in Europe.
Join the CSIS Global Health Policy Center at 2:30 p.m. for “The Role of the Private Sector in Advancing Global Health.”
The CSIS Project on Military and Diplomatic History will host “ Presidential Role Models: FDR, Truman, and Reagan ” with Walter Russell Mead of the Hudson Institute at 4:30 p.m.
And, join us at 5:00 p.m. for a Schieffer Series discussion on the threat of North Korea, hosted by Bob Schieffer.
Today, Kang Kyung-wha, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Korea, gave a speech at CSIS on ROK-U.S. relations and the North Korean nuclear issue.
On Friday, the CSIS Podcast released “Germany goes to the Wahllokale,” a new episode on the implications of Germany’s parliamentary elections.
Thanks for all of the great emails on “Rock is not dead.” Judging by the response, rock is very much alive!
If you ask Dave Grohl and his band the Foo Fighters, there is no question—rock is life itself for these guys.
Grohl, is of course Nirvana’s former drummer and has studied rock and roll almost as much as he has added to its cannon. His series for HBO “Sonic Highways” is fantastic. His directorial debut, the documentary “Sound City,” about the history of an Los Angeles recording studio, is not to be missed.
And neither is this excellent cover of AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock” recorded for BBC’s Live Lounge. What a smile!