The Evening: Secret Iran Talks, Israel Bars U.S. Reps, Croz and More
August 15, 2019
Secret Talks on Iran
The United States is participating in secret talks between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to confront threats posed by Iran, a shared adversary among the three countries, as the NYT’s Lara Jakes and Edward Wong report.
And, as the FT reports, Gibraltar has released an Iranian tanker at the center of a dispute between Britain and the Islamic republic after a court set aside a last-minute U.S. legal bid to seize the vessel.
U.S. Reassures Afghani Military
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan sought to reassure Afghan forces that they still had the full backing of the United States after senior Pentagon officials claimed that the support was being dialed back in preparation for an imminent peace deal with the Taliban, as the NYT’s Mujib Mashal reports.
Dive Deeper : “The State of the Fighting in the Afghan War in Mid-2019,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
Israel Bars U.S. Members of Congress
Israel on Thursday barred U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country following pressure from President Trump, prompting backlash from Democrats and American Jewish organizations, as the WSJ ’s Felicia Schwartz reports.
China Warns Hong Kong Protestors
Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and President Trump urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet personally with the protesters to defuse weeks of tensions, as Reuters’ Farah Master and Tony Munroe report.
Dive Deeper : “A Tiananmen Solution in Hong Kong?” by Dr. Minxin Pei of Claremont McKenna College.
“The Crisis in Hong Kong: What to Know,” by CFR’s Jerome Cohen.
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In That Number
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that six EU countries had agreed to take in some 150 migrants from a rescue ship that Italy had blocked from docking, resolving the latest standoff over immigration to Europe across the Mediterranean.
“If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem.”
— President Donald Trump
Since joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, China has been one of the organization’s most active members. Yet, Beijing's mixed compliance with WTO dispute rulings has at times challenged the WTO’s underlying norms. Check out this interactive from CSIS's China Power Project to learn more about Beijing's impact on international trade.
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(Photo credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images). Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) and Empress Masako (L) bow during a memorial service marking the 74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II at the Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo today.
“Blinking Red Lights: A Resurgence of Ethno-Nationalism and Its Implications for the Future Integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina,” by CSIS’s Heather Conley and Matthew Melino.
This Town Next Week
On August 19 at 4:30 p.m., the Atlantic Council will have a conversation with Manuel Domingos Augusto, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Angola, on the U.S.-Angola partnership.
And, on August 20 at 12:00 a.m., the East-West Center will host Dr. Pek Koon Heng, the director of the ASEAN Studies Initiative at American University, to discuss Malaysia's leadership succession and future elections.
Later, on August 22 at 12:30 p.m., the Arab Center will hold a book discussion featuring University of Maryland Professor Sahar Khamis on her new book , Arab Women's Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolutions.
With the significant costs of engaging the United States in combat, and the growing range of indirect and non-military tools at their disposal, rivals are finding avenues for threatening U.S. interests without triggering escalation. Their approaches lie in the contested arena between routine statecraft and open warfare, the "gray zone." Learn more here.
Gunilla Carlsson, the acting executive director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) joined CSIS for the newest episode of AIDS 2020. She discussed the process of finding a new executive director for UNAIDS, the fast track goals coming due on World AIDS Day 2020, and the state of the global HIV pandemic.
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Thanks for your notes about the incomparable David Crosby. I haven’t seen the new movie about Croz yet, “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” but I am jazzed for it.
Croz turned 78 yesterday and is still rocking hard. Born in Los Angeles, he is the ultimate LA rock star. As a founding member of two groundbreaking bands, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, he’s written and recorded some of the most important and influential tunes of our times and sold over 35 million albums. Croz is best known for his distinctive voice, but I love his guitar playing too. Here, with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young he displays that guitar work on one of his signature songs “Almost Cut My Hair.”