The Evening: Russia Sanctions, Iran Sanctions, Alexa Advice and More
August 8, 2018
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The Trump administration will impose sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK earlier this year, the State Department announced today, as CNN’s Eli Watkins reports.
Dive Deeper: “Russia Braces For 'Crushing' New Sanctions Over Electoral Interference,” by the Atlantic Council’s David Wemer.
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran today in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States, as Reuters' Ben Blanchard and Michell Martin report.
And, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that a U.S. plan to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero will not succeed, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: “Iran Sanctions at the Halfway Point,” by CSIS’s Sarah Ladislaw, Andrew Stanley and Frank Verrastro.
China Strikes Back
Beijing warned it would match the Trump administration step for step should it move ahead with new tariffs on Chinese imports, as trade data showed the country is shoring up its economy for a long trade conflict with the U.S., as the Wall Street Journal’s Yoko Kubota reports.
Dive Deeper: Check out the Peterson Institute’s “Trade War Timeline.”
The United States is “not willing to wait for too long” for North Korea to take steps toward denuclearization, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said today, as Reuters’ Julia Symes Cobb reports.
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In That Number
The Trump administration completed plans Tuesday to impose new tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese imports to punish Beijing for its trading practices, bringing the total value of products covered by the duties to $50 billion by the end of the month.
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(Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) walks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the State Department today.
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This Month at CSIS
Join CSIS on Monday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate World Humanitarian Day with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green. World Humanitarian Day is an international celebration that commemorates both the accomplishments and sacrifices of humanitarian aid personnel who work in difficult and dangerous environments.
Today, CSIS hosted a discussion featuring Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow on the Trump Administration’s new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy, challenges to implementation, and opportunities presented for U.S. strategy and business. Watch the full event here.
On the latest episode of Smart Women, Smart Power, CSIS’s Dr. Kathleen Hicks and Heather Conley discuss the impact of the July NATO Summit on future relations between the U.S. and Europe, and examine the growing rift between the U.S., NATO, and Turkey.
Thanks to all who wrote me with your Alexa stories. But the best Alexa comment came today when I walked into the Palm for lunch. Now, the Palm in DC on 19 th street is hallowed ground. I grew up seeing all of the legendary figures that have ever worked in Washington hang out there. And drawings of these legends are all over the walls. Just last week, I saw a prominent senior Republican Senator dining there, a few weeks ago a nationally known Democratic governor. A few months earlier I even spotted the infamous Roger Stone. The place oozes history and remains vital.
My buddy Michael Melore runs the Palm now. He was trained by the incomparable Tommy Jacomo who worked at and ran the Palm for almost 5 decades. Michael is more than a worthy successor to Tommy, and he’s an institution just like Tommy. The Palm is one reason that I love this town.
So I walk into the Palm today and Michael says, “Alexa, please show Andrew to his table.” Of course I doubled over.
And then Michael told me that you can ask Alexa to play entire channels of music on apps like Pandora. Now I’m hooked.