The Evening: NK Threats, Private Force Afghanistan, Rosalita and More
August 7, 2017
It's Monday, August 7th.
NK Threatens Retaliation
In response to new sanctions ordered by the UN Security Council, North Korea today threatened retaliation “thousands of times over” and called the penalties a panicky American-led response to its missiles and nuclear bombs, as the New York Times’ Rick Gladstone reports.
And, in Manila, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out the most specific preconditions yet for U.S.-North Korea talks, as CBS News reports.
Dive Deeper : Via the Washington Post’s Adam Taylor: “What the new U.N. sanctions on North Korea mean.”
Plus, from CSIS’s Thomas Karako, a Critical Questions on “North Korea’s New ICBM.”
And, from Brookings’ Ryan Hass, “Seizing the initiative on North Korea.”
Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro marched in Caracas on Monday in favor of a new legislative super-body as hackers took down dozens of state websites to show their support for a pre-dawn armed assault on a military base the day before, as Reuters’ Hugh Bronstein reports.
Dive Deeper : See CSIS’s new report by Moises Rendon, “Venezuela’s Postcrisis Recovery and Reform.”
Missing U.S. Osprey Wreckage Found
The submerged wreckage [of] a U.S. military aircraft has been found in waters off the central Queensland coast two days after it crashed, leaving three Marines presumed dead, as Sky News reports.
Private Military Force in Afghanistan
As the FT’s Katrina Manson reported late this afternoon, Blackwater founder Erik Prince has proposed a two-year plan for private military forces in Afghanistan.
In That Number
The value of global trade through the South China Sea in 2016.
Source: CSIS China Power.
"Why does Russia inquiry need to see Trump finances? Read @CSIS’s ‘The Kremlin Playbook’ & @AtlanticCouncil’s ‘The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses."
— Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Twitter
“Vietnam Builds Up its Remote Outposts,” from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, examines new construction by the Vietnamese government in the South China Sea.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Navy photo by Erik Hildebrandt.)
A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet flies over the USS Gerald R. Ford as the aircraft carrier conducts test and evaluation operations in the Atlantic Ocean.
“How Trump can confront Iran without blowing up the nuclear deal,” by the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for “Expanding the Role of Youth in Building Peace, Security,” a discussion of new ideas and resources for strengthening the role of youth who are reducing violence, improving security, and opposing violent extremism in their countries.
And, join the Center for Global Development at 12:00 p.m. for a discussion on Aadhaar, the biometric digital identifier being implemented in India. This discussion is called “Transforming Society Through Digital Identification: A Comprehensive Review of India’s ID System.”
CSIS hosted Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, as part of the Maritime Security Dialogue series.
On the latest episode of the Smart Women, Smart Power podcast, AT&T vice president Jill Singer and CSIS’s Denise Zheng discuss security, privacy, and policy challenges as more and more everyday “things” are connected to the Internet.
Listen on iTunes or Soundcloud.
It’s so good to be back from my long (and fantastic) fishing trip. I jumped out of the pool this morning with a smile thinking about the new podcast Bob Schieffer and I recorded last Friday afternoon with Politico’s superstar White House correspondent Tara Palmeri. We just posted it on Apple Podcasts today, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we enjoyed taping it.
Tara is the correspondent that Sean Spicer called “an idiot with no real sources.” Tara didn’t let Spicer’s unprofessional and cruel remark get her down though—she’s a tough reporter who hails from New Jersey.
People from Jersey have a big spirit. And they have a state spokesman affectionately known as "The Boss” who embodies that spirit. This one’s for you, Tara, thanks for coming on our podcast…