The Evening: IS Ongoing Threat, UK Huawei, Scarlet Begonias and More
April 24, 2019
Nine suicide bombers from mostly educated, middle-class backgrounds carried out the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people on Easter Sunday, the authorities said on Wednesday as they warned of an ongoing terrorist threat and continued making arrests, as the NYT’s Kai Schultz reports.
Dive Deeper: “The Evolution of the Salafi-Jihadist Threat,” by CSIS’s Seth Jones, Danika Newlee and Nicholas Harrington.
Iran Warns U.S. on Oil Blockade
Iran’s foreign minister said Iran would continue to sell its oil despite expanded U.S. sanctions, and warned of unspecified consequences if the U.S. tried to block oil sales that go through the Strait of Hormuz. The foreign minister, Javad Zarif, also extended an offer to the Trump administration to exchange prisoners, citing cases of Iranians detained in Western countries awaiting extradition to the U.S. At least five U.S. citizens are held in Iranian detention, as the WSJ’s Jessica Donati reports.
Dive Deeper: “Latest U.S. Pressure Has Iran Over a Barrel,” by CFR’s Ray Takeyh.
Kim Jong Un to Moscow
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a summit he is likely to use to seek support from Russia’s Vladimir Putin, as Reuters’ Maria Vasilyeva reports.
Dive Deeper: “Shifting Gears: Post-Hanoi, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Turns Diplomatic Attention to Moscow,” by the Wilson Center’s Jean Lee.
UK and Huawei
After the UK decided to let Huawei build some parts of its 5G mobile network, Rob Joyce, senior cyber security adviser to the U.S. National Security Agency said, “We are not going to give them the loaded gun” and would look carefully at Britain’s decision, as the FT reports.
Dive Deeper: “5G: To Ban or Not to Ban? It's Not Black or White,” by CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis.
Measles Cases Break Record
Measles cases in the United States have now exceeded the highest number on record in a single year since the disease was eliminated in 2000. Nationwide, at least 673 cases have been reported in 22 states in 2019, according to a tally by the Washington Post of state and local health department data on Wednesday, as the Post’s Lena Sun reports.
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In That Number
The Islamic State said it was behind 502 attacks in the first two months of 2019 and behind 3,670 attacks worldwide in 2018.
“Chinese spying has surpassed Cold War levels.”
— CSIS’s James Lewis in the Washington Post
A global infrastructure buildout is transforming the economies around the world. This report from the CSIS Global Infrastructure Task Force discusses how these trends are too powerful and potentially beneficial for the United States to stop and too consequential to ignore.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images). North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a welcoming ceremony upon arrival at the railway station in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok.
“Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World,” a review of Rick Barton’s book for Foreign Affairs by John Ikenberry.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., CSIS will host a conversation on the state of American civil-military relations. The event features the Hon. Leon E. Panetta, former U.S. secretary of defense and director of the CIA.
And, at 9:00 a.m., the Hudson Institute holds a panel discussion on the future of U.S.-Japanese relations. William Francis Hagerty IV, U.S. ambassador to Japan, along with other experts, offer their thoughts on the ongoing alliance between the two countries.
Later, at 11:45 a.m., the Atlantic Council hosts Elliott Abrams, U.S. special representative for Venezuela, for a conversation on Venezuela’s future after Maduro.
Yesterday, CSIS held an event to discuss the pre-existing and emerging threats to U.S. space systems, featuring a keynote address from Stephen Kitay, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Watch here.
Andrew and the Trade Guys catch up on the latest WTO dispute settlement news, review the latest economic analysis of the USMCA, and somehow manage to weave in a Game of Thrones update.
“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”
Since we’ve been talking about the Grateful Dead’s masterpiece Cornell ’77 show and listening to some of its key tracks, I want to play another one from the “heart of gold band.”
This ripping version of “Scarlet Begonias” on Cornell ’77 is what many Deadheads call “epic.”