The Evening: NK, Brexit, MTV Unplugged and More
December 10, 2018
It's Monday, December 10th.
U.S. Sanctions Three NK Officials
The United States today sanctioned three North Korean officials, including a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing “ongoing and serious human rights abuses and censorship,” as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: See the new report from CSIS’s Victor Cha, Joe Bermudez and Marie DuMond, “Making Solid Tracks: North and South Korean Railway Cooperation.”
British PM Theresa May will embark on a tour of European capitals on Tuesday to plead for a better Brexit deal, after the British prime minister was forced at the eleventh hour to abort a crunch House of Commons vote on her plan, as the FT’s George Parker and Laura Hughes report.
Dive Deeper: Watch CSIS’s new short video series, “What’s Happening with…Brexit.”
“UK foreign policy: it’s all change,” by Chatham House’s Thomas Raines.
“The Limitations of the U.S. Approach to Brexit,” by Carnegie’s Erik Brattberg and Nathaniel Rome.
Huawei Finance Chief
A bail hearing for Huawei Technologies Co. finance chief Meng Wanzhou got under way today in Vancouver as the executive’s lawyer argued she won’t be a flight risk while awaiting a separate decision on her extradition to the U.S., as the WSJ’s Jay Greene and Dan Strumpf report.
Dive Deeper: “What About Huawei?” by CSIS’s Bill Reinsch.
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CSIS’s Trade Guys Crash Course
Now enrolling for CSIS Crash Course, a one-day seminar on the fundamentals of U.S. international trade policy and politics for trade professionals. This program will be conducted by CSIS experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch, known as the Trade Guys from their highly-rated weekly podcast. Information here.
In That Number
There are just over 3 months until the United Kingdom is scheduled to quit the EU.
Source: Wall Street Journal
“I say to Donald Trump, and the President of the Republic tells him too: we do not take part in American debates, let us live our life in our country.”
— French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
CSIS's Beyond Parallel released, Making Solid Tracks: North and South Korean Railway Cooperation, the first in a series of original reports on the inter-Korean and Korea-Eurasian railway connections. With the November 30, 2018 commencement of the third inter-Korean railway survey, North and South Korea are moving forward with inter-Korean railway cooperation as a key engine for advancing inter-Korean reconciliation and building the infrastructure for eventual 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: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images). Anti-Brexit protesters use illuminated signs as they demonstrate with placards outside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster today in London.
“Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret,” by the NYT’s Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer, Michael Keller and Aaron Krolik.
This Town Tomorrow
At 3:30 p.m., CSIS will host a panel to explore the role that local governments and U.S. development policymakers can play in ensuring access to food.
Also, at 8:45 a.m., the Inter-American Dialogue will hold a discussion on the USMCA trade agreement and other implications of the new Congress for U.S.-Latin America energy relations.
And at 9:00 a.m. the United States Institute of Peace, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Center will partner for a conversation with three prominent members of the Colombian Senate’s Peace Commission.
Today, CSIS hosted an armchair discussion featuring Dr. Jody K. Olsen, current Director of the Peace Corps. Along with CSIS experts, Dr. Olsen discussed the possibilities for the future of the Peace Corps. Watch the full event here.
Energy 360° examines the energy landscape from the intersection of policy, markets, technologies, and geopolitics. With commentary from leading energy and CSIS experts, we provide context and perspective on the most critical issues shaping energy today. Hosted by the CSIS Energy and National Security Program.
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This week I’d like to discuss some of my favorite live albums of all time. I have many favorites and I bet you do too. Please tell me what you dig!
I can’t think about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana without thinking about their stunning performance on MTV’s Unplugged Series. It was recorded in November of 1993 and aired on the network in December of that year. The album, “MTV Unplugged in New York,” was released a year later in November, 1994, eight months after Cobain’s death. It remains one of the rawest musical documents I’ve ever listened to (and watched.) The band’s cover of the Leadbelly song, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” sends chills down my spine every time. It’s not exactly a smile, but it sure is powerful music captured live.