The Evening: Rockets in Kabul, Russian Chem Weapons, Liam Gallagher and More
September 26, 2017
It's Wednesday, September 27th.
Rockets in Kabul
Insurgents fired more than a dozen rockets at the international airport in Kabul and near the U.S. embassy on Wednesday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of NATO met with the Afghan president, as the New York Times’ Mujib Mashal and Fahim Abded report.
Dive Deeper : CSIS’s Tony Cordesman has a new commentary: “Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen: Once Again, Is Half a Strategy Better than None?”
And, see IISS’s new 2017 Strategic Survey: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics.
Russia Destroys Chemical Weapons
Vladimir Putin presided over the destruction of Russia’s last declared chemical weapons on Wednesday, describing the elimination as a “historic event” and complaining that the United States has failed to purge its own chemical arsenal, as the AP reports .
Dive Deeper : See Demetri Trenin’s “Looking out Five Years: Ideological, Geopolitical, and Economic Drivers of Russian Foreign Policy" for the Carnegie Moscow Center.
This week’s historic vote in Iraqi Kurdistan was meant to advance the Kurdish bid for independence. Instead, the contentious referendum is threatening to erode what autonomy Iraqi Kurds have, as FP’s Rebecca Collard and Emily Tamkin report.
Dive Deeper : See the Washington Institute’s Bilal Wahab on “Is the Kurdish Referendum ‘Mission Accomplished’ for Barzani?”
In That Number
By January, 44 interceptors will be in place to defend the U.S. against missile attack. Source: CSIS Missile Threat.
“By taunting Kim Jong-un, we are limiting U.S. options.”
— Former CIA Korea analyst at CSIS’s Schieffer Series.
“Competing Visions,” a feature from CSIS’s Reconnecting Asia Project, maps the competing infrastructure visions of regional powers across the Eurasian supercontinent. See the latest analysis on the European Union.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images.) A supermarket worker collects food requested by buyers in a supermarket in Humacao, in the east of Puerto Rico today.
“Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico,” by the AP’s Ben Fox and Danica Coto.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS’s Reconnecting Asia Project at 10:00 a.m. for “Competing Visions: How Infrastructure is Reshaping the Eurasian Supercontinent” with leading CSIS regional experts.
Join the Wilson Center at 8:30 a.m. for “Latin America’s Domestic and International Challenges,” a day-long conference to celebrate their Latin American Program’s 40th anniversary.
And, at 6:45 p.m., Ken Burns will be at Washington Ideas to discuss his documentary, The Vietnam War.
Today, the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies hosted a lively and frank discussion about the state of American business in China, featuring American business executives operating on the front lines of business in the country.
CogitAsia’s latest podcast looks to Myanmar—the complicated political situation for Aung San Suu Kyi, the humanitarian tragedy in the Rakhine state, and what’s happening on the ground.
In the department of “rock is not dead,” just check out Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, with his new music and band. Notice the big sign his band has on stage that says “Rock 'n' Roll.”
Is Liam’s music derivative of Oasis? Of course it is. Does it sound fantastic? Absolutely. Does it rock? Most definitely. I invite you to email me at email@example.com and follow me on Twitter @handrewschwartz