The Evening: Turkey Threat, Iran Threat, Yer Blues and More
July 26, 2018
It's Thursday, July 26th.
President Trump today threatened to slap “large sanctions” on Turkey unless it freed an American pastor, prompting an immediate and angry response from Ankara and further escalating tensions between the two NATO allies, as Reuters Lesley Wroughton and Daren Butler report.
Khan to Lead Pakistan
Imran Khan, a charismatic cricket star who has fiercely criticized American counterterrorism policy in a region plagued by extremism, appeared poised on Thursday to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, as the New York Times’ Jeffrey Gettleman reports.
Dive Deeper: “America’s Counterterrorism Gamble,” by CSIS’s Seth Jones.
“A Volatile Election Season in Pakistan,” by Brookings’ Madiha Afzal.
Iran Fires Back
The powerful commander of Iran’s special forces warned the United States today to halt threats of military action against Tehran, raising the stakes in an already fiery exchange between U.S. and Iranian leaders this week, as the Washington Post’s Erin Cunningham and Kareem Fahim report.
Dive Deeper: “Iran Is at a Strategic Crossroads Again,” by the Washington Institute’s Omer Carmi.
European capitals have welcomed the agreement reached by the U.S. and the EU on defusing trade tensions, with Berlin hailing it as a “breakthrough,” as the FT’s Jim Brunsden and Guy Chazan report.
Dive Deeper: “Trade restrictions on metals and minerals,” via Chatham House.
Plus, listen to the CSIS “Trade Guys” podcast.
And, read what EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday at CSIS.
End to Korean War?
Washington’s reluctance to declare an end to the Korean War until after North Korea abandons its nuclear arsenal may put it at odds not only with Pyongyang, but also with allies in South Korea. The 1950-1953 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the U.S.-led United Nations forces technically still at war with North Korea. Friday marks 65th anniversary of the truce, as Reuters’ Josh Smith reports.
Dive Deeper: Listen to the CSIS podcast, “The Impossible State” with CSIS’s Victor Cha, Sue Mi Terry and the WSJ’s Jonathan Cheng.
Do you have any questions about trade and how a changing U.S. trade policy may affect your life? If you do, please email me your question(s) to email@example.com. We’ll publish some of the best questions and get our experts to answer them on an upcoming CSIS podcast.
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In That Number
The U.S. Energy Information Agency estimates that the South China Sea holds about 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 11 billion barrels of oil. Source: CSIS
“Trade wars have no winners; they only leave scarce.”
While U.S. strategy shifts to competition with state adversaries, the terrorism threat to the United States remains substantial at home and overseas. A new CSIS Brief from the Transnational Threats Project analyzes America's counterterrorism gamble.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images). Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan addresses a political campaign rally ahead of the general election in Islamabad.
This Town Tomorrow
At 11:00 a.m., join the U.S. Institute of Peace for a panel discussion on how to engage religious actors in countering violent extremism and prospects for interfaith peacebuilding.
Today, CSIS hosted the Eighth Annual South China Sea Conference. The conference featured speakers from the region and claimant countries of the South China Sea to address recent developments, legal and environmental issues, the strategic balance, and U.S. policy. Watch the full event here.
On the latest episode of The Impossible State, Jonathan Cheng, the Seoul bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, joins resident experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry by phone to discuss the specter of North Korea’s latest dismantling efforts, road blocks in the denuclearization talks, and the return of Korean War POW/MIA remains.
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