The Evening: Airport Stabbing, New Saudi Successor, X and More
June 21, 2017
It's Wednesday, June 21st.
Late this afternoon the FBI said it was investigating the stabbing of a police officer at a Flint, Michigan airport as an “act of terrorism” as CNN reports.
See the CSIS interactive report of the Commission on Countering Violent Extremism.
The United States pressed China today to exert more diplomatic and economic pressure to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs during a round of high-level talks in Washington as Reuters’ David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick report.
See the new commentary by Richard Nephew for SAIS’s US Korea Institute “Sanctions in Search of a Strategy.”
New Saudi Succession
King Salman of Saudi Arabia promoted his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, to be next in line to the throne today, further empowering a young and ambitious leader who has upended the ruling family at a time of deep Saudi involvement in conflicts across the Middle East as The New York Times’s Ben Hubbard reports.
See CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman’s new Commentary U.S. Strategic Interests and the Rise of Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
Plus, the Washington Institute’s Simon Henderson’s “The New ‘King’ of Saudi Arabia."
ISIS Blows Up
ISIS militants bombed the historic Nouri Grand Mosque in Mosul late today, Iraq’s military said, destroying the site where ISIS’s leader first announced the creation of a self-declared caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria as The Wall Street Journal’s Tamer El-Ghobashy reports.
In That Number
The number of government ministers French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist coalition lost this week over a financing scandal. Source: FT
"Americans need to realize that America’s basic national interests in Saudi Arabia do not lie in more jobs and more arms sales. They lie in keeping the center of Islam out of extremist hands, in having a stable strategic partner, and in seeing Saudi Arabia become a more successful economy and a nation that can ensure broad popular support for its current moderate government."
— Anthony Cordesman in today's Commentary
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
This interactive report "A Tale of Two Paths" imagines the most effective policies for addressing the two directions of the developing world: the prosperous middle and failing bottom.
U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) welcomes Ivanka Trump (R) to a meeting at the Capitol today. Ivanka Trump was on Capitol Hill to meet with House Republicans to discuss workplace and life balance issues. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“Prince’s Elevation Means a More Activist Saudi Arabia,” by the Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 8:30 a.m. for a conversation with H.E. Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, on transatlantic Antimicrobial Resistance cooperation.
Join CSIS and the VP of Statoil, Eirik Warness, at 1:00 p.m. for the presentation of Statoil’s newly released Energy Perspectives 2017 report.
Join the Wilson Center at 8:30 a.m. for a discussion on the United States and Russia’s relationship on the growing geopolitical significance of the Arctic region.
Join the American Enterprise Institute and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) at 8:30 a.m. for a discussion on criminal justice reform proposals.
Watch "Small Satellites, Big Missions" from CSIS's Aerospace Security Project on the applications of small satellites in space.
The latest ChinaPower podcast looks ahead to the 19th Party Congress, which the Communist Party of China will host this upcoming fall.
When you’re talking about the LA rock scene(s) so many extraordinary musicians stand out. I immediately go to the Beach Boys and then it’s the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne. And then there’s the band called X.
When I was sitting in the BBQ join in Venice Beach last week another disheveled object of art adorning the walls was a signed poster of X’s co-lead singer John Doe. Doe is a legend in LA. So are his bandmates Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D. J. Bonebrake. The band transcended rock and roll genres and produced some of the most brilliant music of the 80s (X's first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, were ranked by Rolling Stone as being among the 500 greatest albums of all time.)
In ’83, X released “More Fun in the New World” which moved the band away from punk rock and more into the mainstream. It blew me away and still does. Seems like it blew David Letterman away too .