The Evening: UNGA, OPEC, Traffic and More
September 25, 2018
It's Tuesday, September 25th.
Trump at UNGA
President Trump on Tuesday defiantly reaffirmed his commitment to an “America First” foreign policy, lashing out at foes like Iran and failing states like Venezuela. But he singled out an enemy-turned-partner, Kim Jong-un of North Korea, expressing optimism for a diplomatic opening that would have seemed far-fetched even a year ago, as the New York Times’ Mark Landler reports.
Dive Deeper: “The Pyongyang Declaration: Implications for U.S.-ROK Coordination on North Korea,” by CFR’s Scott Snyder.
“Why Trump’s Pragmatic Diplomacy on North Korea Could Pay Dividends,” by Carnegie’s George Perkovich.
Trump at UNGA on Trade
President Trump criticized international organizations and alliances as unaccountable and defended his administration’s hard-line trade policies, urging fellow world leaders in his second address to the United Nations General Assembly today to chart their own paths toward sovereignty, as the Wall Street Journal’s Vivian Salama reports.
Dive Deeper: “Why Both Republicans and Democrats are Grumpy about Trade,” by CSIS’s Bill Reinsch.
“U.S.-China relations: Is it time to end the engagement?” by Brookings’ Jeff Bader.
“Trump and China Formalize Tariffs on $260 Billion of Imports and Look Ahead to Next Phase,” by the Peterson Institute’s Chad Bown, Euijin Jung and Zhiyao (Lucy) Lu.
Trump at UNGA on OPEC
President Trump on today took aim at Saudi Arabia and its refusal to lead an increase in oil production, telling the UN that OPEC members were “as usual ripping off the rest of the world,” as Demetri Sevastopulo and Anjli Raval report.
Dive Deeper: “OPEC: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too-the Sequel,” by CSIS’s Frank Verrastro, Larry Goldstein and Alan Helmig.
U.S. Sanctions Venezuela Officials
The United States imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s wife and several top allies today as President Trump urged members of the United Nations to support a “restoration of democracy” in the once-prosperous nation, as Reuters’ Lesley Wroughton and Brian Ellsworth report.
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In That Number
The State Department has approved the sale to Taiwan of spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft worth up to $330 million.
" We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy. We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism."
— President Donald Trump
While the claim that an end to the conflict in Idlib marks the final stage of the Syrian war, there are still major factors that will shape the future of instability in Syria. Check out CSIS's Transnational Threats Project's latest brief 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: John Moore/Getty Images). President Donald Trump prepares to address the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly today in New York.
“The scramble for business in Africa,” by the FT’s David Pilling.
This Town Tomorrow
At 8:30 a.m., join CSIS for the launch of a new report, Beyond the Water's Edge: Measuring the Internationalism of Congress, which examines congressional views on key foreign policy issues.
Then, at 9:00 a.m., CSIS will hold the Indo-Pacific Renewable Energy Forum to discuss grid regionalization and clean-energy financing in Southeast Asia.
And at 4:00 p.m. , CSIS will host members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai for a discussion about the state of the U.S.-China commercial relationship.
Last month, President Trump signed the first reform of the screening process for foreign investment in the United States in over a decade. Though much needed in our age of constantly evolving technologies and threats, there still remain many questions regarding its implementation. CSIS hosted a panel discussion today aimed at answering some of those questions. Watch the full event here.
Hosted by CSIS's Colm Quinn, The Readout dissects the big (and soon-to-be big) stories of the week in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.
On the latest episode, CSIS's Seth Jones previews his new book A Covert Action, on the previously classified story of QRHELPFUL, the CIA's program to support the Solidarity movement in Poland. Listen on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.
Traffic’s “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” is one of those unforgettable songs. Recorded in 1971, it still sounds fresh, urgent and compelling. It’s the ultimate hipster song with its jazzy, psychedelic grove and cool guy lyrics about the rebels of that time—“Low Spark” referring to the undercurrent of street culture. This live clip of the band performing the song in 72’ captures all of that and more.