The Evening: Niger Ambush, Japan's Snap Election, Judas! and More
October 19, 2017
It's Thursday, October 19th.
Confusion over what happened during an ambush of U.S. Special Forces in Niger earlier this month apparently sparked a full Pentagon probe of the incident announced Thursday, which some officials say could have had even worse casualties than four American soldiers killed from the small, "out-matched" team, as ABC’s James Gordon Meek, Luis Martinez and Elizabeth McLaughlin report.
Afghan Army Unit Nearly Wiped Out by Taliban
An Afghan Army unit in the south of the country was almost completely wiped out on Thursday, defense officials said, in a Taliban attack that used what is becoming one of the group’s deadliest tactics: packing vehicles captured from security forces with explosives and driving them into military and police compounds, as the New York Times’ Taimoor Shah and Mujib Mashal report.
Dive Deeper : See CSIS’ Anthony Cordesman’s report, “Instability in the MENA Region, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Key Conflict states: A Comparative Score Card.”
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is poised to exercise constitutional powers to impose tighter control on Catalonia, plunging Spain into uncharted waters as Madrid seeks to quell the region’s bid for independence, as the Wall Street Journal’s Jeannette Neumann and Giovanni Legorano report.
Japan’s Snap Election
Japan is heading to the polls on Sunday in a snap election called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The BBC has an explainer.
Dive Deeper : CSIS today held a call for members of the press on Japan’s election. A transcript of the call can be accessed here.
In That Number
China’s economy grew at 6.8 percent in the third quarter year on year, slightly below the previous period but still above the government’s full-year target. Source: FT.
“The world can’t just stand idly by and be witness to the atrocities that are being reported in the area.”
— Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Rohingya, yesterday at CSIS.
CSIS’s Beyond Parallel conducted a new study with South Korean experts on the factors that influence Korean unification. The “Unification Transparency Index,” gathers a composite score of experts from several global powers on the key issues facing potential unification.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images.) A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walks through a heavily damaged a street leading to an Armenian church in Raqqa yesterday. The SDF fighters flushed jihadist holdouts from Raqqa's main hospital and municipal stadium, wrapping up a more than four-month offensive against what used to be the inner sanctum of ISIS’s self-proclaimed “caliphate.”
“Senate Intelligence Committee to debate in secret a bill that would renew a powerful spy tool,” by the Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the CSIS Europe Program at 10:00 a.m. for a conversation with H.E. Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces of France.
Also at 10:00 a.m., join the CSIS Africa Program for, “How Jihadism Ends: Comparing State Strategies Toward Violent Extremism in Kenya and Uganda.”
And, at 12:30 p.m., the Asan Institute for Policy Studies will host a discussion on the United State’s role in the Indo-Pacific region.
Today, CSIS hosted, "The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Energy Policy."
The 35 West podcast series released a new episode today, “Hammer Time: A Senior U.S. Diplomat Reflects on Everything,” featuring a discussion with Ambassador Michael Hammer about his career in the U.S. diplomatic corps.
Listen on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.
Two of the most important live moments in the history of rock and roll involve Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” One moment was Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of the Dylan classic at Monterrey, and the other, well, the other is even more of a monster performance.
In May of 1966, Dylan had just released “Blonde on Blonde” and was touring Europe. He had begun to perform one set acoustic to please his rabid folk music fans, and a second set electric with his band The Hawks (who later, of course, became The Band).
The folkies were furious with Dylan over his foray into rock and roll and felt betrayed. And then, one night in Manchester, a fan yelled out at Dylan, “Judas!”
I view what followed to be the most incredible single performance in rock history. I get chills and smiles watching. I invite you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter @handrewschwartz