The Evening: NYC Attack Planned, President’s Asia Trip, May Queen and More
November 1, 2017
It's Wednesday, November 1st.
Planning for Terror Attack in Manhattan
The driver who sped down a crowded bike path in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight people, had been planning the attack for weeks and appeared to have connections to people who were the subjects of terrorism investigations, police officials said on Wednesday, as the New York Times’ Benjamin Mueller and Michael Schwirtz report.
Dive Deeper: See “Islam and the Patterns in Terrorism and Violent Extremism” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
Russian Social Media Threat
Senators from both parties blasted Facebook, Google, and Twitter for failing to grasp the magnitude of Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election. “What we’re talking about is the beginning of cyberwarfare,” Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) said today on Capitol Hill, as Austin Carr of Fast Company reports.
Dive Deeper: See The Kremlin Playbook, the seminal report by CSIS’s Heather Conley.
President’s Trip to Asia
President Donald Trump has been holed up in a series of rapid-fire briefing sessions on his upcoming 12-day, five-country tour through Asia, as Politico reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS today held a press briefing on the president’s trip. The transcript is available for download.
Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged
The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and pointed to solid U.S. economic growth and a strengthening labor market, while playing down the impact of recent hurricanes, a sign it is on track to lift borrowing costs again in December, as Reuters reports.
And, as the WSJ reports, the White House has notified Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell that President Trump intends to nominate him as the next chairman of the central bank.
In That Number
Russia and Iran have signed agreements to collaborate on “strategic” energy deals worth up to $30 billion that will involve energy groups such as Rosneft and Gazprom. Source: FT.
“The persecutions and purges in the past five years is unprecedented even in North Korean standards.”
— Thae Yong-ho, former deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of North Korea in the United Kingdom, speaking at CSIS.
ChinaPower released a new feature today, “How is China bolstering its military diplomatic relations?,” to assess China’s noncombat military activities used to advance its national diplomatic interests.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images.) Investigators inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York yesterday.
“How China Swallowed the WTO,” by the WSJ’s Jacob Schlesinger.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the CSIS Africa Program at 9:00 a.m. for a conversation on current political and economic dynamics in South Africa.
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace at 5:30 p.m. for a film screening of Boko Haram: Journey from Evil on the impact of Boko Haram within Nigeria.
CSIS hosted foreign ministers from Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mali for a discussion on violent extremism in the Sahel region and efforts to counter it.
In the latest episode of the Smart Women, Smart Power podcast series, reporters from Axios and the New York Times join a discussion on the political dynamics of the energy and climate change conversation.
It’s frustrating to some music fans that Robert Plant doesn’t want to reunite Led Zeppelin. The irritation is understandable—Zeppelin is maybe the greatest rock band of all time and three of its original members are in extraordinary condition. Plus, the late John Bonham’s son on drums is a monster like a chip off the old block.
Sure, a Led Zep reunion would sell out stadiums all over the world. So many would pay so much to hear them roar once again.
But Robert Plant is a forward looking fellow. And his new record, “Carry Fire” sounds fantastic. I’m giving it a chance. You should too.