The Evening: NK-Russia Summit, Belt and Road, Fire on the Mountain and More
April 25, 2019
A summit between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin ended with a joint pledge to forge closer ties, but no public promise from Moscow of economic assistance to mitigate the pressure of sanctions, as the WSJ’s Thomas Grove and Timothy Martin report.
Belt and Road
World leaders are gathering in Beijing today for a summit on China's Belt and Road initiative amid growing criticism of the project, as the BBC reports.
And, as the FT’s Lucy Hornby reports, China is seeking more international and private financing for its $1tn Belt and Road Initiative, as it tries to counter concerns that its infrastructure building program can create debt traps for host countries.
Dive Deeper: “China’s Second Belt and Road Forum,” by CSIS’s Matthew Goodman and Jonathan Hillman.
“The Higher Road: Forging a U.S. Strategy for the Global Infrastructure Challenge,” by CSIS’s Matthew Goodman, Daniel Runde, Jonathan Hillman, and Erol Yayboke.
New CSIS Report
“Shifting the Burden Responsibly: Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance,” by CSIS’s Melissa Dalton, Hijab Shah, Tommy Ross and Asya Akca.
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Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “Testify” and “High Resolution.” In under 90 seconds, CSIS experts tell you what they told Congress in testimony, or use high-resolution satellite images and advanced mapping to break down national security issues. And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!
In That Number
On April 25-27, China’s Xi Jinping will welcome leaders from 37 countries and delegates from over 150 countries at the second Belt and Road forum in Beijing.
“Kim himself asked me that I inform the U.S. side of his position about questions he has regarding what’s happening on the Korean Peninsula.”
— Russian President Vladimir Putin
Commanding Space: The Story Behind the Space Force, a short documentary from the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, explores the history of space policy and showcases several perspectives of the Trump administration’s Space Force proposal.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images). Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un during their meeting today in Vladivostok.
“Delivering Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific: An Agenda for Australia and the United States,” by CSIS’s Matthew Goodman and Gordon de Brouwer.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:00 a.m., the Inter-American Dialogue will hold a discussion on how to foster productivity growth in Latin America.
Then, at 10:00 a.m., the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a conversation to assess the landslide victory of Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the challenges facing Ukraine in the post-election landscape.
And, at 12:00 p.m., the Business Council for International Understanding will host a luncheon briefing featuring Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson.
CSIS today hosted a conversation with Leon E. Panetta, former secretary of defense and director of the CIA, to discuss how civil-military relations can reinvigorate U.S. democracy. Watch the full event here.
In this special episode of the Kremlin Playbook, Heather A. Conley (CSIS), Donatienne Ruy (CSIS), and Martin Vladimirov (Center for the Study of Democracy) take listeners behind the scenes and discuss the creation of The Kremlin Playbook series. They present key takeaways and biggest surprises, the requirements of such a study, and the way forward for this research.
“Long distance runner, what you standin' there for? Get up, get out, get out of the door.”
I can’t end this week of Grateful Dead smiles without the second part of the great “Scarlet-Fire” combo on Cornell ’77. Yesterday we did “Scarlet Begonias,” today, “Fire On The Mountain.”
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