The Evening: NK’s New Weapon, Sanctions on Saudis, Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do and More
November 15, 2018
It's Thursday, November 15th.
NK’s New Weapon
North Korea’s state media announced today that leader Kim Jong Un inspected the site for testing a “newly developed cutting-edge strategic weapon,” as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: Earlier this week, CSIS’s Beyond Parallel Project exposed scores of North Korea’s undeclared operational missile bases.
U.S. Sanctions Saudis
The U.S. Treasury today levied sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, hours after the kingdom’s public prosecutor said he would seek the death penalty for five people it has charged in the case, as the WSJ’s Margherita Stancati and Ian Talley report.
WH Weighs Expelling Gulen
The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as NBC’s Carol Lee, Julia Ainsley and Courtney Kube reported today.
Dive Deeper: “The Case for Reshaping U.S.-Turkey Relations,” by CFR’s Steven Cook.
Theresa May was battling to save her Brexit deal and her own position as prime minister on Thursday after a series of ministerial resignations and the threat of a Eurosceptic coup left the Conservative party on the brink of civil war, as the FT’s George Parker, Jim Pickard and Laura Hughes report.
Dive Deeper: “Bracing for Brexit: Theresa May’s Endgame,” by CSIS’s Heather Conley.
“The Brexit endgame: Deal or no deal?” by Brookings’ Amanda Sloat.
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In That Number
Japan's new cyber-security minister, Yoshitaka Sakurada says he has never used a computer.
"Leadership is about taking the right decisions, not the easy ones."
— British PM Theresa May.
Using satellite imagery, CSIS's Beyond Parallel program has located 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared North Korean missile operating bases. These missile bases can be used for all classes of ballistic missiles (including ICBMs), and presumably should have been identified in any final and fully verifiable denuclearization agreement.
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(Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images). Today’s first snow. Ugh.
“Fewer International Students Heading to the U.S.,” by the Wall Street Journal’s Michelle Hackman and Douglas Belkin.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., CSIS will hold a discussion on the external and internal drivers of change in post-Cold War Russian nuclear strategy.
Later, at 12:00 p.m., CSIS will host a conference on changing business relationships and policy views between the U.S. and Japan.
And at 1:30 p.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will discuss the impacts of domestic and geopolitical forces on relations between North and South Korea.
Since 2014, Venezuela has endured an unprecedented political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis resulting in the largest exodus in Venezuela’s history. Today, CSIS hosted a discussion on the role of the Venezuelan diaspora and how it can best organize and take action to provide support for Venezuela. Watch the full event here.
North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insiders discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority.
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It’s so cold, snowy and rainy today. I need something to warm my soul and I bet you do too. Van Morrison should do the trick.