The Evening: NK, OPEC, Frampton Comes Alive and More
September 20, 2018
It's Thursday, September 20th.
Ready to Resume NK Talks
The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions, as Reuters’ Lesley Wroughton and Hyonhee Shin report.
Dive Deeper: “The Ledger on the Third Inter-Korean Summit,” by CSIS’s Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry.
Not Resuming Iran Talks
Iran hit back at a U.S. offer of negotiations today, saying Washington had violated the terms of the last big deal they agreed, the 2015 nuclear accord, as Reuters reports.
Trump Urges OPEC
President Trump today again urged Middle East oil producers to unleash their giant petroleum reserves and drive down the price of oil. But this time, he added a new threat by drawing the U.S.-Mideast military umbrella into the equation as the Washington Post’s Thomas Heath reports.
Dive Deeper: “Whither the Oil Market? Headlines and Tariffs and Bears, Oh My…” by CSIS’s Frank Verrastro, Larry Goldstein and Alan Helmig.
New Phase of Sanctions
The Trump administration imposed sanctions against one of China’s central military-research units for two Russian arms deals, widening its target list as it launches a new phase of Washington’s escalating sanctions campaign against Moscow, as the Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley reports.
Colombia is struggling to control it’s border as it is overrun by desperate Venezuelans, as the WSJ’s Juan Forero reports.
Dive Deeper: “A U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Be a Disaster,” by CFR’s Shannon O’Neil.
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In That Number
Global government debt is up 73 percent to $67 trillion, and total U.S. government debt has soared nearly 82 percent since the Sept. 15, 2008, implosion of Lehman Brothers.
"China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South China Sea."
— CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman
CSIS's Trade Guys launched a new micro website that features trade trends, rules, lingo, history and more explained through short videos, hot takes, data visualizations and interactive graphs. Check out the new microsite here.
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(Photo credit: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images). Vladimir Putin looks through the scope as he shoots a Chukavin sniper rifle during a visit to the military Patriot Park outside Moscow yesterday.
"U.N. Report Details How North Korea Evades Sanctions,” by Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:00 a.m., the Project on New Approaches to Research in Eurasia's Annual Policy Conference will begin at the GWU Elliot School of International Affairs.
And at 12:00 p.m. The Hudson Institute will hold a discussion on the importance of joint U.S.-Japanese defense of Japan’s southwest islands, and the broader significance of the bilateral security relationship between the two countries for the region.
The UN General Assembly opened this week with a discussion on the pursuit of the 2030 Development Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CSIS experts Johanna Nesseth Tuttle and Daniel F. Runde explored the critical role of the private sector in achieving the SDGs at a CSIS event yesterday. Watch the panel discussion here.
Trade experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. The Trade Guys is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz. Listen on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts.
I’m a child of album rock. In the mid-1970s album rock was such a dominant force in American culture. One of the albums that most defines this era is “Frampton Comes Alive!” released in 1976.
Peter Frampton was a rock star who faded as quickly as he rose—but the rise was out of this world. The critics didn’t always love him, but I think Rolling Stone’s Cameron Crowe, who did love him, put it best when talking about Frampton’s legendary live performances, “It’s infectious merriment, even if some critical circles see shades of a rock & roll John Denver.”
“Frampton Comes Alive!” was fun. It still is.