The Evening: Trump and Putin, Zimbabwe, Let There Be Rock and More
November 21, 2017
It's Tuesday, November 21st.
Note: The Evening will be “gone fishin’” until Monday, November 27th. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Trump and Putin
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for about an hour on Tuesday, as Reuters reports. The presidents covered topics including Syria, Ukraine, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan, a White House official said.
The call came less than two weeks after Trump and Putin met on the sidelines of the APEC leaders meeting in Vietnam.
"We had a great call with President Putin," Trump told reporters at the White House, according to USA Today. "We're talking about peace in Syria – very important – we’re talking about North Korea. We had a call that lasted almost an hour and a half."
Robert Mugabe — who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 and was the world’s oldest head of state — resigned as president on Tuesday shortly after lawmakers began debating a motion to impeach him, as the New York Times reports.
Mugabe's successor, according to a spokesman for the ZANU-PF party, will be former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Outside of Zimbabwean Parliament, crowds erupted in rapturous celebrations, dancing and cheering in joy, raising their fists and waving Zimbabwean flags, as CNN reports.
Keystone XL Pipeline
After a nearly decade-long fight over its construction—which grew to include three states, two provinces, several indigenous tribes, tens of thousands of activists, and two U.S. presidents—the Keystone XL pipeline now faces a new set of regulatory challenges regarding an alternate route, as The Atlantic reports.
Dive Deeper: See “The Failure of Keystone XL,” from CSIS’s Sarah Ladislaw and Andrew Stanley.
In That Number
Each year 375 tons of opiates are trafficked out of Afghanistan, putting Central Asia’s free trade zones at risk.
Source: CSIS Reconnecting Asia.
“In Northern Europe, the challenges confronting the United States and NATO are primarily the result of Russian efforts to undermine the European security order and break the transatlantic link; they affect the United States’ security as clearly as that of Europe.”
Joint military exercises have enabled China and Russia to project power into politically contentious areas. This interactive feature for the CSIS China Power Project examines how China is bolstering its military diplomatic relations.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images). Zimbabwe's members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe's resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare.
“Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn,” by Donald McNeil Jr. of the New York Times.
This Town Monday
On Monday, join the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development at 1:00 p.m. for "Private Sector Engagement in Afghanistan."
At 12:00 p.m., join the World Resources Institute for a discussion on the importance of addressing urban sanitation issues in many sub-Saharan cities.
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution by a vote of 366-30 stating that current U.S. military actions in Yemen are not authorized under current legislation. The latest episode of the CSIS Podcast discusses implications for the United States and the importance of Congress’ role in military oversight.
One more for Malcolm Young and AC/DC. Before “Back in Black,” the band wasn’t immortal, they were just awesome—something different by any measure. This clip of “Let There Be Rock” is a smile. Despite Angus’ antics and guitar shredding, the underlying grinding groove is all Malcolm’s rhythm. So yes, let there be rock, and, have a happy, safe, and healthy Thanksgiving!