The Evening: North Korea, Mosul, Defiant Ones and More
July 10, 2017
It's Monday, July 10th.
Alone on North Korea
The Trump administration is moving toward unilaterally tightening sanctions on North Korea, targeting Chinese companies and banks Washington says are funneling cash into Pyongyang’s weapons program, as the Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Victor Cha recently authored a commentary in the Washington Post, “The Right Way to Play the China Card on North Korea.”
Flanked by Iraqi forces of all stripes, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared today that Mosul has been recaptured from ISIS, as CNN reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman authored a new commentary, “U.S. Military Spending: The Cost of Wars.”
Representatives of Syria’s warring parties gathered in Geneva on Monday for the seventh round of peace talks, as a limited truce, negotiated by their big-power backers, appeared to be holding for a full day in southwest Syria, according to local residents and human rights monitors, as the New York Times’ Somini Sengupta and Ben Hubbard report.
Dive Deeper: See the latest from the Washington Institute’s Fabrice Balanche, “A Half-Million Syrian Returnees? A Look Behind the Numbers.”
In That Number
The U.S.-led coalition has conducted more than 1,100 airstrikes on the area around Mosul since the offensive began. Source: Defense One.
“We’re heavily dependent on each individual satellite. To make the military satellite network more resilient, instead of building a small number of large satellites, you could build a large number of small satellites.”
—CSIS’s Todd Harrison on strategic deficiencies in the U.S. military satellite network. Source: WIRED.
CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) released a new feature, “Fishing in Troubled Waters” on China’s fishing ban and Asia’s cycle of maritime clashes in the South and East China Seas.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images.)
Celebrating in the Old City of Mosul yesterday after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Wilson Center at 9:00 a.m. for a discussion on how Africa’s elections impact democratic transitions, consolidation, and peacebuilding in the region.
On Friday, CSIS’s Europe Program hosted Defense Secretary Michael Fallon of the United Kingdom for a conversation on how to strengthen the US-UK defense relationship.
If you didn’t see HBO’s innovative new documentary, “The Defiant Ones,” which premiered last night, it’s a fascinating four-part documentary that tells the stories of music producer/executive/entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine and the incomparable rap producer/executive/entrepreneur Dr. Dre. One of the music businesses’ most adroit chroniclers Bob Lefsetz said last night just after the show aired that “The Defiant Ones” could be akin to an “Ed Sullivan-Beatles moment” for a young person watching who wants to go into the music business. I couldn’t agree more—it’s that powerful and I’ve only seen Episode 1 (the other three can be viewed on demand or for the next three nights live on HBO.)
Iovine and Dre have worked with the most notable artists of our times—and they brilliantly sold “Beats” headphones to Apple for over $3 billion in August of 2014. But it’s how the unlikely pair got to that point that makes the story so compelling. Iovine is the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman and of course Dr. Dre is straight out of Compton. Both clawed their respective ways into the music business and met up along the way.
Most people who follow pop culture know the story of Dr. Dre’s rise, or at least the outlines of it. But Iovine has always been behind the scenes. In the early 1970s he dropped out of college in New York and apprenticed at The Record Plant, a legendary Manhattan recording studio. Before long, Iovine found himself working with John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith.
Episode 1 of The Defiant Ones played some extraordinary music. Iovine was the sound engineer for Springsteen’s “Born to Run” at the same time he was producing his first single for Patti Smith, “Because the Night,” a song co-written by Springsteen and Smith.
Both “Born to Run” and “Because the Night” became smash hits and redefined what rock and roll sounded like. So let’s do a double smile. Here’s a clip of “She’s the One” by The Boss and Smith’s “Because the Night.”