The Evening: Pakistan, Dow, Rock ‘n’ Roll and More
January 4, 2018
It's Thursday, January 4th.
Suspension of Aid to Pakistan
The United States said on Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan, which one official said was worth more than $255 million, until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper : “If Pakistan won’t go after terrorists, America itself will take on that job,” by the Wilson Center’s Michael Kugelman.
Iran Lashes Out
Members of Iran’s ruling establishment took turns on Thursday assigning blame for what they regard as an embarrassing outbreak of protests this week in more than 80 cities across the country, as the New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink reports.
And, as Bloomberg’s Saleha Mohsin reports, the U.S. sanctioned five Iranian entities for their work on the nation’s ballistic missile program and signaled that more punitive measures lay ahead in response to the Islamic Republic’s suppression of anti-government protests.
Dive Deeper : “The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed,” by CFR’s Ray Takeyh.
Expansion of US Drilling
The Trump administration wants to open up nearly all the country’s offshore areas for oil drilling, leasing areas off places like Florida and California for the first time in decades, and reversing an Obama-era policy, as the Wall Street Journal’s Tim Puko reports.
Dow Closes Above 25,000
The Dow Jones industrial average broke above 25,000 for the first time on Thursday, tying the fastest 1,000-point move in its history, following the release of stronger-than-expected jobs data, as CNBC’s Fred Imbert reports.
Dive Deeper : “Jobs! Jobs! Everywhere a Job!” by CSIS’s William Reinsch.
In That Number
Roughly 93 percent of Afghans say they are fearful of encountering the Taliban because of its extremist views and brutality. Source: Asia Foundation.
“North Korea does have diligent people and rich resources. They could make their country richer, only if they adopted the right policies.”
Beyond Parallel’s “Unification Transparency Index” analyzes the critical factors, opportunities, and risks facing Korean unification.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images.)
Winter is here! New York City.
“Why the Taliban Isn't Winning in Afghanistan,” by CSIS’s Seth Jones for Foreign Affairs.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., join CSIS’s Technology Policy Program and Freeman Chair in China Studies for “Taiwan’s Cybersecurity Environment: Challenges and Opportunities.”
On Monday, join the CSIS Technology Policy Program at 10:00 a.m. for a discussion on the dynamics shaping the future of China’s digital economy and implications for global trade.
And, at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, join CSIS for a conversation on the Fourteen Points, World War I, and Wilson’s legacy in international politics.
CSIS Burke Chair Anthony Cordesman joined Bloomberg TV’s Shery Ahn on “Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power” to discuss the uprisings in Iran and the chance of nuclear war with North Korea. Cordesman’s interview begins at 26:05.
The latest ChinaPower Podcast episode discusses China’s development policies and engagement with the developing world, with a focus on President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative.
It’s been so much fun talking with you all this week about Lou Reed. Reed was the quintessential rocker in many ways—he defined a certain look, a detached cool, and tapped into the spirit of the music.
One of my favorite Reed songs is called “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” It tells a great story, somewhat autobiographical, of a child that is bored with suburban existence who comes alive through listening to a New York City rock radio station. As Reed tells it the child’s life was “saved by rock ‘n’ roll.”
Rock ‘n’ Roll changes lives. It endures. Lou Reed changed a lot of lives. This clip of Reed performing “Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1974 is a gem.