The Evening: Return from Asia, Zimbabwe, Comin’ Home and More
November 15, 2017
It's Wednesday, November 15th.
Return From Asia
America’s standing “has never been stronger,” President Trump said following his trip to Asia in a statement late this afternoon at the White House, as the AP reports.
The president said his trip was defined by three goals, as CNN reports.
The White House today issued this release “President Donald J. Trump's Visit to Asia Advanced America First Priorities.”
Meanwhile, following President Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, as the AP reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Dan Runde testified today before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on “Development Finance in Asia: U.S. Economic Strategy Amid China's Belt and Road.”
And see Geopolitical Futures’ Phillip Orchard on “The US Narrows Its Focus in Southeast Asia.”
Mugabe’s Rule At End?
Robert Mugabe’s four decades of autocratic rule over Zimbabwe appeared to be at an end after the army seized control of the country on Wednesday and put one of the world’s longest-serving rulers under house arrest in the capital Harare, as the FT reports.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS's Critical Questions (our signature series of asked and answered short papers) by Jennifer Cooke: “Zimbabwe Coup.”
Russia Offers Venezuela Debt Relief
Russia threw a lifeline to Venezuela on Wednesday, restructuring the more than $3 billion it is owed by its economically and politically troubled South American ally, as the WSJ’s James Marson and Kejal Vyas report.
In That Number
Number of miles President Trump logged during his Asia trip.
Source: Dan Scavino Jr.
“Scenes of what occurred are just horrific.”
— Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Rohingya in Myanmar.
Released worldwide in September, The New Barbarianism is a documentary film on the violence against health workers, patients, and facilities worldwide. You can watch all six chapters of the film here.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images.) An armored personnel carrier is stationed by an intersection as Zimbabwean soldiers regulate traffic in Harare, Zimbabwe on November 15.
“Inside Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war—Part 1, the cycle of violence,” by CBS News’ Kylie Atwood.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the CSIS Europe Program at 8:30 a.m. for the sixth annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia, an examination of the understanding and grievances that shape Russia’s foreign policy.
At 11:00 a.m., join CSIS’s Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies for an expert panel discussion on the state of water and sanitation in India.
And, join CSIS at 3:30 p.m. for a book launch of The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence and a discussion on why food aid remains a key element of U.S. foreign policy.
Today, CSIS hosted a panel discussion on violent extremism, its prevention, and how international organizations can build the capacity of individuals to be less vulnerable to terrorist recruitment.
Take as Directed was recently joined by the former director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Program on AIDS. Dr. Michael Merson reflected on his career in global health, the evolution of WHO, and the changing U.S. role in global health.
It’s an understatement to say that technology has changed the way we consume music. Take last night—one of my close friends texts to tell our friend group that he’s in Fairfield, Connecticut and watching the Magpie Salute perform live. And he texts us a video clip of the band. It’s excellent. I didn’t know who the Magpie Salute was but with the magic of a couple of taps and swipes I figured out quick.
Magpie is a southern rock band assembled by former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson and includes some of his former bandmates minus his famous brother Chris Robinson. After all, if Chris was part of Magpie, the band would actually be the Black Crowes.
So once I figured out who Magpie was, within seconds I fired up some of their music—it was readily available on YouTube and Spotify. Heck, I could even watch a simulcast of the show my friend was attending last night if I had wanted to!
In the old days if someone told you about a band it might take days, even weeks to hear their music much less see video of the group. It made the discovery process interesting, that’s for sure. And the payoff was usually gratifying in the end. But we’re in the age of instant digital access. And that can be instantly gratifying! Like dialing up this sizzling clip of Magpie covering Delaney and Bonnie’s “Comin’ Home”