The Evening: Xi Power, NK, Long Time Gone and More
February 26, 2018
It's Monday, February 26th.
China’s plan for President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely has sparked social media opposition, drawing comparisons to North Korea’s ruling dynasty and prompting a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist to accuse it of creating a dictator, as Reuters’ Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina report.
Dive Deeper : Visit CSIS’s interactive micro website, “China Power.”
President Trump today expressed a willingness to talk with North Korea, but “only under the right conditions," while warning that if Pyongyang doesn’t abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, there could be a potentially tremendous “loss of lives, numbers that nobody’s ever contemplated, never thought of,” as VOA’s Steve Herman reports.
Dive Deeper : “ A ‘bloody nose’ attack in Korea would have lasting consequences ,” by Brookings’ Michael O’Hanlon and James Kirchick.
Putin Orders Pause in Syria
Russia said today that it had ordered a daily five-hour truce for a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, even as a more extensive cease-fire approved by the U.N. Security Council this weekend has failed to quiet Syria’s warring parties, as the Washington Post’s Erin Cunningham reports.
Dive Deeper : “America's ‘Chaos Strategy’ in the Middle East and South Asia,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
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In That Number
The U.S. Army is asking for a total of $188.3 million in fiscal 2019 for counter-unmanned air systems in response to the threat of small unmanned aerial systems overseas.
“We want to talk only under the right conditions.” — President Donald Trump on talks with North Korea.
The Trump administration has emphasized civil and commercial space as one of its top priorities with the reinstatement of the National Space Council, the signing of Space Policy Directive 1, and the recent National Security Strategy. View the CSIS Aerospace Security Project's new video on securing civil space for the United States' return to the moon.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images). David Wilford with his daughter, Maddy Wilford, after she spoke today to the media at Broward Health North after being shot multiple times during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where she is a student.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the CSIS Energy and National Security Program at 8:30 a.m. for a conference on the short-term outlook for U.S. tight oil production and its implications for global oil markets.
Join CSIS at 9 a.m. for an exit interview with Kenneth Wollack, President of the National Democratic Institute, with opening remarks by Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
And, at 5:00 p.m., join CSIS for the book launch of Max Boot’s The Road Not Taken.
The global energy landscape is changing. Spencer Dale, chief economist of BP, spoke at CSIS today on the future of global energy consumption. Watch the discussion here.
On the latest ChinaPower Podcast episode, Dr. Marc Lanteigne discusses China’s increasing diplomatic and scientific activity in the Arctic, and the history of Chinese involvement in the region.
Listen here on SoundCloud.
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