The Evening: NK, ZTE, Dead Set and More
May 16, 2018
It's Wednesday, May 16th.
North Korea’s warnings that it would cancel a June summit if Washington insists on rapid disarmament highlight the depth of the division between the two sides in denuclearization talks. In a statement carried by North Korean state media today, a senior diplomat, Kim Kye Gwan, expressed “indignation” and said Pyongyang wasn’t interested in trading its weapons for economic assistance, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Cheng and Andrew Jeong report.
Dive Deeper: “Critical Questions: Will the Trump-Kim Summit Be Cancelled?” by CSIS’s Lisa Collins
“Deciphering Kim Jong Un's Motives,” by CSIS’s Michael Green.
President Trump tweeted today that any support by his administration to rescue ZTE Corp “pertains to the larger trade deal” now on the table with Chinese negotiators. It marked the third time this week that Trump has tweeted about the Shenzhen-based electronics giant, a sign that the company is at the top of his mind, as McClatchy ’s Tim Johnson reports.
Dive Deeper: Our new CSIS podcast, “The Trade Guys,” featuring Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller takes on “ZTE and Tweetable Deliverables.” Listen on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.
“Trump’s hot-cold stance on China,” by Brookings’ David Dollar.
Sanctions on Hezbollah
The United States and Gulf partners imposed additional sanctions on Lebanon’s Hezbollah leadership today, targeting its top two officials, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem, as Reuters report.
Dive Deeper: See CFR’s “Hezbollah Backgrounder.”
Total, the French group that became the largest foreign investor in Iran’s energy sector after sanctions were eased in 2016, says it will pull out of the country unless it can be protected from US penalties following American withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as the FT’s David Keohane, Andrew Ward and David Sheppard report.
Dive Deeper: Tomorrow, CSIS will host Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, for a conversation on Total's global gas, renewables, and power strategies and their implications for the company's activities in the United States.
Do you have any questions about trade and how a changing U.S. trade policy may affect your life? If you do, please email me your question(s) to email@example.com. We’ll publish some of the best questions and get our experts to answer them on an upcoming CSIS podcast.
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In That Number
Facebook shut down 583 million fake accounts during the first three months of 2018.
Source: The Guardian.
CSIS’s Smart Women, Smart Power (SWSP) initiative has a brand new look. SWSP convenes top-level women leaders in foreign policy, national security, international business, and international development to amplify their voices, spotlight their expertise, and discuss critical and timely issues. Learn more 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: Mario Tama/Getty Images.) Just another round of golf… Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island yesterday.
“Tech Companies are ruining America’s Image,” by Joshua Geltzer and Dipayan Gosh for Foreign Policy.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 9:00 a.m. for a conversation with Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, on Total's global gas, renewables, and power strategies and their implications for the company's activities in the United States.
At 3:00 p.m. , join CSIS for “Pandemic Preparedness: Policy and Practice in the 21st Century,” a discussion on how U.S. and international policies aim to reduce the risk of a 21st century equivalent of the Influenza of 1918.
Today, CSIS’s International Security Program hosted Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy, for a conversation on current challenges facing the French navy, amd the role that it plays in France’s defense and national security strategies. Watch the full discussion here.
Ahead of the May 20 Venezuelan presidential elections, the U.S. and other countries are considering further sanctions on the Maduro regime. The latest episode of 35 West, co-hosted by FINCast, addresses the effectiveness of sanctions on Venezuela and the opportunities ahead.
A lot of you enjoyed yesterday’s Dead Set. So here’s another great one.