The Evening: Russian Midterm Meddling, China Strikes Back, Arctic Monkeys and More
August 2, 2018
It's Thursday, August 2nd.
Russian Midterm Meddling
U.S. senior intelligence officials today described Russian efforts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections as deep, real and ongoing, as the Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Ballhaus and Dustin Volz report .
Dive Deeper : “State Practice and Precedent in Cybersecurity Negotiations,” by CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis.
China Strikes Back
Beijing today fired back at the United States’ latest tariff threat and vowed to hit back if the U.S. moves forward, as CNBC’s Fred Imbert reports.
Dive Deeper : “Protecting America's Technology Industry From China,” by CSIS’s Scott Kennedy for Foreign Affairs.
“Is ‘Made in China 2025’ a Threat to Global Trade?” by CFR’s James McBride.
Iran’s Naval Drills
The United States believes Iran has started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, as Reuters’ Phil Stewart reports.
Tweet of Thanks
President Trump tweeted his thanks to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today, after the possible remains of American war dead killed in the Korean War arrived back on US soil, as CNN’s Jamie Tarabay reports.
Dive Deeper : Listen to a brand new episode of the CSIS podcast “The Impossible State” featuring Victor Cha and special guest Motoko Rich of the New York Times.
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In That Number
Apple Inc. today became the first U.S. company to surpass $1 trillion in market value. Source: WSJ.
“We're only one keyboard click away from finding out something we haven't seen at this point in time.”
— Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Russian interference in the midterm elections.
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(Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images). DNI Dan Coats today at the White House discussing Russian efforts to interfere in upcoming U.S. midterm elections.
This is a must read by two of the best national security legal/policy minds that I know: “American Retirees Are a National Security Threat: Foreigners are eyeing senior citizens’ stock portfolios, and the United States needs to start protecting itself,” by Daniel Rosenthal and Joshua Geltzer for Foreign Policy.
This Town Tomorrow
At 12:00 p.m., join the Middle East Institute for a panel discussion on how the recently-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan will change U.S.-Pakistan relations.
Yesterday, CSIS hosted a book launch and discussion for The Code of Putinism, by Brian Taylor. The discussion centered around Taylor’s argument that Putin’s Russia can only be understood through the set of ideas, emotions, and habits that influence how Putin views the world. Watch the full event here.
This week, the Trade Guys welcomed a special guest. Ed Brzytwa is the director of international trade at the American Chemistry Council and a former United States Trade Representative negotiator. He joins the Trade Guys in the studio to talk about how the trade war is affecting both producers and consumers of chemical products— everything from plastics, to cosmetics, to liquified natural gas.