The Evening: Tanker Attack, Tariffs, Big Chief and More
June 13, 2019
Tanker Attack in the Gulf of Oman
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran was responsible for attacks earlier today on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a critical waterway for the transit of much of the world’s oil, as the NYT's Edward Wong reports.
Dive Deeper: "The Strategic Threat from Iranian Hybrid Warfare in the Gulf," by CSIS's Anthony Cordesman.
Chaotic Battle in Afghanistan
A firefight between two groups of Afghan and American security forces, followed by U.S. airstrikes, left six Afghan army soldiers dead and seven wounded. A U.S. military spokesman in Kabul claimed the violence started after a joint patrol of U.S. and Afghan forces came under “an onslaught of machine gun fire” and “requested precision air support” in self-defense, as Pamela Constable of the Washington Post reports.
Companies Urge Trump to Strike a Deal with Beijing
Walmart, Target, Macy's, and hundreds of other companies signed a letter addressed to President Trump calling on him to not impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods and to strike a trade deal with Beijing, as Bloomberg's Mark Niquette reports.
Dive Deeper: “Trump Has Gotten China to Lower Its Tariffs. Just Toward Everyone Else.” by Peterson's Chad P. Brown, Euijin Jung, and Eva Zhang.
Enroll for Fall
Now enrolling for the Fall, CSIS & Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs offer a new Executive Master's in International Relations. Information here.
Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “Testify” and “High Resolution.” In under 90 seconds, CSIS experts tell you what they told Congress in testimony, or use high-resolution satellite images and advanced mapping to break down national security issues. And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!
In That Number
More than 44,000 migrants currently are requesting asylum in Mexico.
Source: Wall Street Journal
“Turkey will not back down from its decisions with these kinds of letters. Turkey bought S-400, it is going to be delivered and stationed in Turkey.”
— Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey in response to a letter from Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan warning that Ankara would be pulled out of the F-35 jet program unless it changes course from its plans to install the defenses.
Iran's Al-Mustafa International University spreads conservative Shia ideology and the political goals of Iran’s top leadership at 60 overseas branches. Check out CSIS's brief on Iran's soft power efforts to learn more.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today at the State Department as the U.S. accused Iran of being behind attacks on two tanks in the Gulf of Oman
“Is China Leading in Global Innovation?” by CSIS’s China Power Project.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., join CSIS for a conversation with Minister of National Defense João Gomes Cravinho of Portugal on transatlantic security and the future of U.S.-EU cooperation in a post-Brexit environment.
And, at 9:45 a.m., CNAS will host their annual National Security Conference. This year's conference will explore the United States' efforts to sharpen its strategic edge in an era of heightened global competition.
Later, at 10:00 a.m., the Middle East Institute will hold a book talk with Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Sam Dagher on his new book, Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria.
CSIS today hosted a discussion to reflect on the evolution of the United Nations since its formation in 1945 and examine how the United States can partner with the United Nations to achieve its economic and national security interests. Watch the event here.
CSIS's Steve Morrison and Andrew Schwartz speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the main architects of the 10-year plan to end HIV in the United States.
Listen on SoundCloud, Spotify, & Apple Podcasts.
“My whole tribe is havin' fun
We gonna dance 'til mornin' come.”
One more encore for Dr. John. In his autobiography “Under a Hoodoo Moon,” Dr. John wrote about his love for playing music with “the fellas” over everything else. I was lucky, I got to hear about it from him directly because I asked.
Dr. John loved playing with his New Orleans fellas the best. This clip features Dr. John with Professor Longhair. Dr. John met Longhair when he was 13 and was instantly mesmerized by his music. Soon after that, Dr. John began performing with Longhair and launched his career as a professional musician. The clip also features Art Neville and the Meters, Alfred “Uganda” Roberts on congas, and Earl King on vocals among others.