The Evening: UNGA Day 2, Iran, Can’t Find My Way Home and More
September 26, 2018
It's Wednesday, September 26th.
Accusing China of Midterm Interference
President Trump today accused China of interfering in the midterm elections to damage him politically because of his tough tactics on trade, as the New York Times’ Mark Landler reports.
Meanwhile, as Politico’s Nahal Toosi reports, President Donald Trump sat stone-faced at the head of the United Nations Security Council today while the criticisms of his foreign policy rolled in overtly and obliquely.
Dive Deeper: Cognitive Effect and State Conflict in Cyberspace, by CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis.
“Trump’s Nineteenth-Century Grand Strategy,” by CFR’s Charles Kupchan.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his North Korean counterpart at the UN today, as plans advanced for a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, as the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Gordon reports.
Dive Deeper: Listen to the latest CSIS Impossible State podcast with USC’s David Kang and CSIS’s Victor Cha.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today that Tehran had no intension to go to war with U.S. forces in the Middle East, where Iran has been involved in proxy wars with U.S. ally Saudi Arabia for decades, as Reuters reports.
Plus, France’s president said today at the UN that the United States’ sanctions policy on Iran could force Tehran to negotiate, but only if European powers are able to ensure it sticks to a 2015 nuclear deal that is preventing hard-liners from taking control, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: “How Tehran Might React to the Ahvaz Attack,” by the Washington Institute’s Omer Carmi.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Today’s decision marks the first time that the Fed has raised rates above 2% since a series of rate cuts that followed the government’s intervention in March 2008 to prevent the liquidation of Bear Stearns Cos.
“Regrettably, we’ve found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration.”
—President Donald Trump
The new CSIS report Beyond the Water's Edge: Measuring the Internationalism of Congress aims to help close the gap in the public's understanding of Congress’s foreign policy views. CSIS reviewed existing literature, assessed major recent foreign policy debates, and measured the views of a carefully selected group of 50 members in the 115th Congress. View the full digital report 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: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.) President Donald Trump chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting today in New York.
“Diversity: Our national-security advantage,” by Joe Funderburke for Foreign Policy.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., CSIS will host a discussion on U.S.-Taiwan commercial relations and trends in Taiwan’s economic activity.
And, at 5:30 p.m., CSIS will host the New York Times' David Sanger for a discussion of his book, The Perfect Weapon, and cyber conflict involving the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Iran, Israel, and North Korea.
Today, CSIS hosted the launch of a new report, Beyond the Water's Edge, examining congressional views on key foreign policy issues. The event featured Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL). Watch the full discussion here.
North Korea is the Impossible State. On the latest episode, David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, joins CSIS’s Victor Cha again by phone to discuss the latest Inter-Korean summit, what this means for denuclearization, and what to expect from a potential 2nd Trump-Kim summit.
Listen on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.
A lot of you enjoyed the Traffic clip yesterday. I bet you will dig this one too—Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Derek Trucks (among others) on the Blind Faith classic “Can’t Find My Way Home.”