The Evening: North Korea Talks, Trade Wars, Linda Ronstadt and More
March 7, 2018
It's Wednesday, March 7th.
Talks with North Korea
South Korean officials planning talks next month face the task of overcoming familiar sticking points with the threat of war looming over any failure, as Reuters reports .
And, as the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Jeong and Jonathan Cheng report, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his country would stick with tough economic sanctions against North Korea until “real progress” is made toward ending its nuclear-weapons programs.
Dive Deeper: “Is There a Breakthrough on North Korea?” by CSIS’s Victor Cha and Lisa Collins
European Union officials unveiled an array of tariffs on Wednesday that they would place on American-made goods if the United States followed through on President Trump’s plan to impose penalties on imported steel and aluminum, raising the specter of a trade war, as the New York Times’ Milan Schreuer reports.
Meanwhile, as Politico reports, President Trump is pushing for a $1 billion reduction in China’s trade deficit with the U.S.
Dive Deeper: “Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: How WTO Retaliation Typically Works,” by Peterson’s Chad Bown.
Also from Bown, “5 Things You Need to Know.”
Kurds Pull Back
The Washington Post’s Liz Sly reports that in Syria, the Kurds are pulling back from the fight against ISIS, saying the U.S. has let them down.
U.S.-China Battle Over Tech
As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly focused on a single area: technology, as the New York Times’ Cecilia Kang and Alan Rappeport report.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Scott Kennedy testified before the House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on “Evaluating CFIUS: Challenges Posed by a Changing Global Economy.”
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In That Number
The overall trade deficit in January, the largest since October 2008.
“It has to be met by a firm and proportionate response.”
— Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union commissioner for trade on President Trump’s proposed tariffs.
The Trump Administration has emphasized civil and commercial space as one of its top priorities. CSIS’s Aerospace Security Project released a video on how to secure civil space for America’s return to the moon .
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty Images.) Queen Elizabeth II greets Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, during a private audience at Buckingham Palace today in London.
“China's Pursuit of Europe Trade Links Powers Freight Rail Surge,” via Bloomberg Technology.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 9:30 a.m. for a conversation with Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik on vital transatlantic issues leading up to the 2018 NATO Summit.
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace at 10:00 a.m. for a conversation in honor of International Women’s Day on how film captures the role of women in war and peace.
Last year, CSIS trustee Bob Schieffer hosted a conversation on understanding Russian influence with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the New York Times’ David Sanger, and CSIS’s Heather Conley. Watch the full conversation here.
From this week's Curated Conversations: experts discuss a new, comprehensive strategy for the United States to promote the safe and responsible development of machine intelligence (MI), and to maintain U.S. leadership in MI technology.
I know that I shouldn’t complain about the weather—especially when so many people this year have been impacted by severe weather. But it’s lousy out! Around this time of year I’m just done with being cold. I just met a bunch of people for lunch, and when we all arrived (separately) at the restaurant, it took a few minutes just to thaw out from the wind before we could begin talking policy. So, I need a heart and soul warming smile today. And no one is better for that than Linda Ronstadt as you can see here.