The Evening: UN Climate, New Iran Deal, Born to Run and More
September 23, 2019
UN Climate Summit Gets an Earful
World leaders pledged to do more to combat climate change Monday at a United Nations summit, but they were reprimanded by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who accused them of “empty words,” as the WSJ’s Rebecca Elliott reports.
Dive Deeper : “You Say You Want a Carbon Tax? Prove It.” By CSIS’s Sarah Ladislaw.
Boris Johnson Calls for New Nuclear Deal with Iran
British prime minister Boris Johnson has called for a “Trump deal” with Iran, praising President Trump as the “one guy” who can negotiate a new nuclear pact in a major shift that aligns London more closely with Washington in its approach to the escalating crisis in the Gulf, as the FT reports.
Civilians Killed in Afghan Commando Strike
Government officials in the southern Afghan province of Helmand said on Monday that as many as 40 civilians, including children, may have been killed during a government commando raid on an insurgent stronghold the night before, as the NYT’s David Zucchino and Taimoor Shah report.
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In That Number
By 2050, there could be one billion climate refugees around the world.
Source: “Climate Change is Already Killing Us,” by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Heath Organization
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
— 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg to the UN Climate Action Summit
Decades-long instability and violence are impeding efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though Ebola now has both a vaccine and an emerging care, the second largest outbreak in history continues to unfold. CSIS's Steve Morrision explains "What's Happening with Ebola in the DRC" in the newest episode of our video series about global policy hotspots.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images). 16 year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks today at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations.
“Innovation and National Security: Keeping Our Edge,” by James Manyika and William McRaven for CFR.
This Town Tomorrow
At 9:00 a.m., CSIS will host Linda Capuano, administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), for a presentation and discussion on the EIA’s 2019 International Energy Outlook.
Later, at 2:00 p.m., CSIS's Project on Prosperity and Development will share its findings on how the DFC can work more effectively in the modern international development arena, improve coordination among U.S. allies and local businesses, and better support U.S. national security interests.
And, at 5:00 p.m., CSIS will host this season's first installment of the Schieffer Series, "The Iran Situation." CSIS's Seth Jones and Jon Alterman and the New York Times’ David Sanger join Bob Schieffer for a discussion about the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities last week and what may come next.
In the latest episode of "High Resolution," CSIS’s Victor Cha examines the Kumchon-ni missile operating base, one of 20 undisclosed North Korean missile bases. If North Korea were to equip the base with Pukkuksong missiles, the base could threaten U.S. forces in Okinawa and potentially in Guam.
To learn more about Kumchon-ni, read the latest analysis from Beyond Parallel.
In part two of host Mike Green's conversation with Kelly Magsamen and Mira Rapp-Hooper, the three focus on the likely approaches a future Democratic administration would take on trade issues, defense policy, and democratic values. What elements of the Trump-era National Defense Strategy, if any, might a future Democratic president continue in their own Asia grand strategy?
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“'Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run”
The Boss turned 70 today. And for a guy whose past retirement age he’s been busy. Let’s see, in the past few years, Bruce Springsteen has published a memoir “Born to Run” that at times reads like Kerouac, produced and stared in a hit Broadway show, and just a few months ago released a solo album “Western Stars” to wide critical acclaim. Oh, and he has a documentary coming out about the making of “Western Stars” in October and says he is recording a new rock and roll record with the E Street Band. Meanwhile, in his memoir, Springsteen also discussed his struggles with depression, which threatened to derail him throughout his 60s.
All of this is just part of why Bruce Springsteen is an American hero in my eyes. At 70, the Boss will rock harder than just about anyone who has ever walked the earth. But it’s also fun to watch Bruce in his early days.