The Evening: Trump on NK, FISA, Fame and More
January 11, 2018
It's Thursday, January 11th.
Trump on NK
President Donald Trump suggested he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea's leader despite their mutual public insults, signaling a possible new openness to diplomacy after months of escalating tensions over the rogue state's nuclear program.
"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un," Mr. Trump said in an interview Thursday with The Wall Street Journal. "I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised."
Dive Deeper: A study from CSIS’s Beyond Parallel found that periods when the U.S. negotiates with North Korea correlate with a decrease in North Korean provocations.
Senate leaders are planning to send to the president’s desk next week a bill to reauthorize the government’s authority to conduct foreign surveillance on U.S. soil, despite opposition from privacy advocates and mixed messages from President Trump himself, who questioned his own administration’s support for the program Thursday morning, as The Washington Post reports.
The measure would extend for six years the government’s ability to collect from U.S. companies the emails and other communications of foreign targets located outside the United States.
Senior Pakistani officials warned that the U.S. suspension of security aid announced last week will push their country closer to China, Washington’s main rival for influence in Asia, realigning regional alliances, as The Wall Street Journal reports.
Dive Deeper : Economically, Pakistan’s shift toward China may already be underway, from CSIS’s Jonathan Hillman.
Europe on JCPOA
At a news conference after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday, representatives of the EU, the UK, France and Germany reiterated their support for the Iran nuclear deal they helped negotiate, as the BBC reports.
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In That Number
The U.S. Air Force announced it has deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers and 200 air personnel to Guam. Source: Fox News.
"The Olympics are a benchmark of development in Asia.”
In 2017, CSIS’s Moises Rendon authored a commentary, “Driving Forces to Increase Pressure on Venezuela’s Dictatorship,” on the domestic and international factors needed to restore democracy in Venezuela.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images). Firefighters search for people trapped in mudslide debris on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California. 15 people have died and hundreds are still stranded after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 1:00 p.m. for a conversation with Dr. Kori Schake, author of Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony.
On Tuesday, join the CSIS Energy and National Security Program at 1:30 p.m. for the launch of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2017.
Also at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, join the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development for “Public Procurement as a Driver of Growth in Developing Countries.”
And, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, join CSIS for a Smart Women, Smart Power discussion with international ambassadors currently serving as their countries’ representatives in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, discussed the increased risk of nuclear miscalculations against the backdrop of today’s rapidly evolving global security threats, the need to rethink outdated nuclear deterrence postures, and the future of the Iran nuclear agreement.
In the latest episode of 35 West, “Will Raúl Castro Really Leave Power?,” CSIS's Eric Gettig breaks down the transition scenario, Cuba’s economy, and the likely impact of President Trump’s repudiation of Obama’s policies.
One more from this great David Bowie performance, “Live at the BBC, 2000.”
“Fame” was written in 1975 by Bowie, John Lennon, and Carolos Alomar. It is one of four of Bowie's songs to be included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." It’s a timeless track, really.