The Evening: Rejecting Freeze, Another False Alarm, Lukas Nelson and More
January 16, 2018
It's Tuesday, January 16th.
Rejecting Freeze for Freeze
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today that the United States would not stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons program, and promised to keep squeezing Pyongyang economically and diplomatically until it abandons its program, as the Washington Post’s Carol Morello reports.
Meanwhile, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Cheng reports, a new hacking offensive against cryptocurrency investors uses malware similar to that deployed in North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and its WannaCry ransomware assault, cybersecurity researchers said, providing further evidence of Pyongyang’s involvement in crypto heists.
Dive Deeper : “North Korea’s Unlikely Strategic Opening,” by Geopolitical Futures’ George Friedman.
Plus, see the Wilson Center’s “2018: The Year Ahead in Asia.”
Another False Alarm
Japan’s public broadcaster on Tuesday accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile and that citizens should take shelter — just days after the government of Hawaii had sent a similar warning to its citizens, as the New York Times’ Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura reports.
Oil prices are trading near three-year highs, but many analysts say the rally may have gone too far, too fast, as the Wall Street Journal’s Georgi Kantchev reports.
Dive Deeper : CSIS today hosted the International Energy Agency’s “World Energy Outlook 2017.” The World Energy Outlook (WEO) is the IEA's annual report on the state of the energy sector from a global perspective, providing comprehensive analysis of the interplay between energy policy, markets, and technology development.
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In That Number
NIH wants 1 million Americans to contribute to a new pool of gene data. Source: Washington Post.
“President Trump made clear that the situation is not sustainable.”
— White House Press Secretary readout of President Trump’s call with Xi Jinping.
The best minds in national security dissect some of the worst ideas in the latest series from CSIS’s Defense 360.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images). The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is shown in the early morning light on Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2018, in Washington DC. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89 years old yesterday.
“10 Reasons Why American Trust In The Media Is At An All-Time Low” via the Knight Foundation.
This Town Tomorrow
Join American Enterprise Institute at 8:30 a.m. for a conversation with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on how Congress and the White House can work together to advance U.S. interests around the globe.
Join the Wilson Center at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion on two agreements negotiated in December 2017 to protect polar ocean spaces.
And at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, join CSIS for a conference featuring Robert Lightfoot, NASA Acting Administrator, on the Trump Administration's civil and commercial space priorities.
Today, CSIS hosted a Smart Women, Smart Power discussion with international ambassadors currently serving as their countries' representatives in Washington.
CSIS’s Sue Mi Terry joined the latest CSIS Podcast to discuss how, if at all, North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Olympic Games could be interpreted as a thaw in North-South relations.
My friend, the esteemed former White House/State Department official Ben Chang, who served both POTUS 43 and 44, asked me a most welcome question the other day. What music produced in 2017 did I enjoy the most?
This proved to be an easy answer for me. And one I realized I hadn’t yet shared in this space.
My favorite record of 2017 is “Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real,” released last August. Nelson is a son of country outlaw legend Willie Nelson. He and his band "Promise of the Real" are the real deal—possibly one of the best live bands performing today. See here for yourself.