The Evening: Trade Promises to UK, Iran’s Missile Stance, Eminence Front and More
June 4, 2019Note: The Evening will be “gone fishin’” on Wednesday, June 5 and will return on Thursday, June 6.
Big Promises to the UK on Trade
President Trump promised Britain a broad free trade accord once it leaves the European Union, an offer that would require the United Kingdom to secure the decisive break with the bloc advocated by prominent Brexit backers in the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, as the WSJ’s Jason Douglas and Michael Bender report.
GOP Senate Warning on Mexico
Republican senators sent the White House a sharp message on Tuesday, warning that they were opposed to President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, just hours after the president said lawmakers would be “foolish” to try to stop him, as the NYT’s Catie Edmondson and Maggie Haberman report.
Dive Deeper: “Trump's New Tariff Actions: A Wakeup Call to Global Markets,” by the Peterson Institute’s Adam Posen.
Listen to the latest episode of the CSIS podcast The Trade Guys “Mexico, the EU, and Going Nowhere Fast.”
“Mexico’s Response to Tariffs Won’t Make Trump Happy,” by CFR’s Shannon O’Neil.
Tehran Will Not Abandon its Missile Program
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Tehran would not be “deceived” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of negotiations and would not give up its missile program, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: “‘No War, No Negotiation’ Is Iran’s Stance,” by the Washington Institute’s Mehdi Khalaji.
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In That Number
With nearly half a year of data under its belt, the World Bank lowered its global growth forecast to 2.6% from 2.9% in January—and cut its forecast for growth in trade to 2.6% from 3.6%.
Source: Wall Street Journal
“In the missile program, they know we have reached a point of deterrence and stability."
— Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Satellite imagery from CSIS’s China Power Project shows what appears to be the construction of a third aircraft carrier, the Type 002, at China's Jiangnan Shipyard. Check out the analysis here.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images). President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May attend a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London today.
“Data Governance Principles for the Global Digital Economy,” by CSIS's William A. Carter and Erol Yayboke.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., CSIS will host the 2019 launch of KPMG's annual Change Readiness Index (CRI)—a tool to evaluate a country’s ability to grow and respond to global issues.
Later, at 3:00 p.m., the American Enterprise Institute will hold a conversation with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde to preview the upcoming G20 summit in Japan this June.
And, at 4:00 p.m., the Wilson Center will host Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, for a discussion on his new book Russia’s Crony Capitalism and how Putin has begun to mask economic stagnation through military adventurism.
Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections was part of a broader campaign to undermine confidence in democracy. Now, the Russian government is targeting the U.S. justice system. CSIS's Suzanne Spaulding explains what's happening with Russian disinformation.
CSIS brings you a new podcast - AIDS 2020. In its inaugural episode, Steve Morrison and Andrew Schwartz speak with the San Francisco co-chair of the AIDS 2020 conference, Dr. Monica Gandhi, about the conference theme: "resilience."
Listen on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.
“It's an eminence front, it's a put on.”
The Who’s magnificent song “Eminence Front” is the only good track on their otherwise shaky at best 1982 album “It’s Hard.” But I didn’t care about the album. “Eminence Front” was transcendent. It’s a song about the hedonistic party culture of the 1980s in which people hid from their problems behind a detached façade. The Who, ever fashionable, looked the part with their carefully crafted 80s new wave style.
I love the funk of “Eminence Front” and Pete’s vocals most of all. This performance captures it.