The Evening: NK News, NAFTA Progress, Black Friday and More
September 5, 2017
It's Tuesday, September 5th.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 234 points Tuesday, as threats from North Korea and another powerful hurricane weighed on major indexes, as the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Wursthorn and Mike Bird report.
VOA reports that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is the most serious threat the world currently faces, the UN secretary general said Tuesday, warning that “confrontational rhetoric may lead to unintended consequences.”
And, as FT reports, Russian president Vladimir Putin has lambasted Washington and Seoul’s drive to toughen sanctions against North Korea, adding that Pyongyang would “eat grass” rather than simply give up its nuclear program.
Meanwhile, today at CSIS, South Korea’s 2nd vice minister of foreign affairs, Hyun Cho, said that Washington “seems at times to have been distracted by other issues” when attempting to address North Korea’s repeated provocations in the Pacific and tamp town tensions among U.S. allies in the region, as the Washington Times’ Carlo Munoz reports.
Dive Deeper : The CSIS Korea Chair today released “Ramifications of North Korea’s Sixth Nuclear Test.”
Plus, CSIS’s Tony Cordesman today released “Destabilizing Northeast Asia: The Real Impact of North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Programs.”
And, CFR’s Scott Snyder posted “North Korea’s Nuclear Defiance of Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury.’”
Boost for Assad
The Syrian army lifted a three-year siege by the Islamic State on an enclave of the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour on Tuesday, offering a fresh boost to the fortunes of President Bashar al-Assad and setting the stage for a race to control the rest of the desert province, as the Washington Post’s Liz Sly reports.
Dive Deeper : See the Washington Institute’s Fabrice Balanche on “Preventing a Jihadist Factory in Idlib.”
Trade ministers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Tuesday said they made progress in weekend talks to update the NAFTA trade pact, consolidating language for some proposals and reaffirming their commitment to complete negotiations toward the end of 2017, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper : See the Peterson Institute’s Caroline Freund on “Scrapping NAFTA Will Sink the Peso and Expand Trade Deficit.”
In That Number
United Technologies Corp. has announced plans to purchase Rockwell Collins for $30 billion. Source: Defense News.
“I think the Japanese government wants to see some demonstration of American resolve.”
— CSIS’s Mike Green via the New York Times.
CSIS’s Korea Chair published a newsletter today on the ramifications of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images.) In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korean navy vessels taking part in a naval drill off the east coast on September 4, 2017, in East Sea, South Korea.
Just out today, Politico’s “50 Ideas Blowing Up American Politics and the People Behind Them.”
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s Aerospace Security Project at 8:30 a.m. for the “How to Organize Military Space” symposium, featuring opening remarks from Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the air force, and Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL).
CSIS’s Global Food Security Project will host “Four Famines: Fragility, Resilience, and the Role of International Development” at 3:30 p.m. The event has reached capacity, but you can watch the live webcast here.
Join the Wilson Center at 3:00 p.m. for “Cities After Paris: The Role Subnational Actors Can Play in Climate Action.”
Today, the CSIS Korea Chair hosted the 2017 ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum. Experts, opinion leaders, and former government officials from the United States and Korea discussed challenges for the ROK-U.S. alliance, the North Korea threat, and opportunities for regional relations among China, Japan, and South Korea.
Energy360 released a new podcast today on the political crisis in Qatar and the potential implications on global energy security.
I always test the sound of a new stereo system with a track by Steely Dan. I’ve done this ever since I can remember owning any sort of audio equipment. I know I’m not the only one who does this—just about all my serious music friends do the same thing. It speaks volumes about the Dan and I can’t overstate the importance of Steely Dan’s music to my friends and me. You see, Steely Dan taught us just about everything we needed to know about music. In fact, two of my best friends worked for Steely Dan as their first jobs out of undergrad in the music business.
Walter Becker, Steely Dan’s sublime guitarist/songwriter died on Sunday at 67.
For most of my life, Becker and keyboardist/singer Donald Fagen set the world on fire with Steely Dan. Along with the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan is one of America’s very best rock bands.
Songs like “FM,” “Kid Charlemagne,” “My Old School,” “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ In The Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Peg,” “Hey Nineteen,” “Deacon Blues,” “Black Friday” and so many, many more are part of our national vocabulary.
These songs and their lyrics have made me smile more times than I can count.
From “My Old School,”
“California, tumbles into the sea
That’ll be the day I go back to Annendale”
From “Reelin’ In The Years,”
“Are you reelin' in the years
Stowin' away the time
Are you gatherin' up the tears
Have you had enough of mine”
“FM – no static at all…”
And, I love this performance of “Black Friday” from the night Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2001).
No static at all.