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New satellite imagery shows no activity at North Korean ICBM launch facility, Sohae. This discovery comes after Kim Jong-un announced a resolution to discontinue nuclear and inter-continental ballistic tests beginning on April 21. And, this week marks the beginning of the first inter-Korean summit between these Kim Jong-Un and President Moon Jae-in. For more analysis, follow the link in our bio.
Two Eastern Mediterranean countries—Syria and Turkey—present some of the most vexing problems for U.S. foreign policy today. The Syrian civil war has become a magnet for both terrorists and U.S. adversaries. A new CSIS Brief outlines U.S. policy towards the two countries – follow the link in our bio to learn more.
Today is our 2018 Global Development Forum. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us at @csis_usld or #CSISGDF all day for live updates. Click the link in our bio for the live webcast.
Just two days until our fourth annual Global Development Forum (GDF)! This year’s theme? From “Billions To Trillions” – With only a few hundred billion foreign aid dollars available, there is a global need to rethink how domestic resources of developing countries and private capital can pay for the trillions of dollars needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Follow the link in our bio for a rundown of what to watch for during #CSISGDF.
The Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer (DDG) is known as a versatile warship– performing air defense, surface warfare, and missile defense missions. The Arleigh Burke is also the U.S. Navy’s primary ballistic missile defense ship - playing a a role in recent U.S. airstrikes in Syria. To learn more about the Arleigh Burke, follow the link in our bio.
How do U.S. adversaries compete in space 🚀? A new report, Space Threat Assessment 2018, reviews open-source information on the counterspace capabilities and activities of other nations, focusing in particular on China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.  For the full report, follow the link in our bio. (Credit: Thomas Roberts)
Join us at CSIS for our fourth annual #CSISGDF on 4/19. The 2018 Global Development Forum (GDF) seeks to examine the role and purpose of official development assistance against a backdrop of rising incomes, economic growth, youth unemployment, and other continued complex challenges in many parts of the world. For more on this year’s GDF, follow the link in our bio.
In January, CSIS's Melissa Dalton traveled to Syria with the U.S. Central Command to assess stabilization efforts in Raqqa and the challenges of connecting current operations with U.S. policy objectives. "I was struck by the devastation, the enormous task ahead, and the resilience of the Syrian people," Melissa said. To learn more about Melissa's takeaways, follow the link in our bio. (📷: Dana D. Flamer, TSgt, USAF, Command Photographer, USCENTCOM Protocol)
Mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Skype, Line, and others are rapidly becoming the dominant mode of communication around the world. Many of these apps have recently moved to adopt end-to-end encryption, making them inaccessible to law enforcement agencies. To learn more, follow the link in our bio.
Today, David Miliband of @theirc joins us to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the impact the war is having on the Yemeni people, and the challenges the conflict poses to policymakers. Follow the link in our bio to watch.
These satellite images show two significant Asian maritime ports, Kyaukpyu and Chabahar, which both play a critical role in facilitating various Indo-Pacific infrastructure projects. The Kyaukpyu Port is of considerable strategic and economic value for China, as it seeks to speed development of Yunnan and its other inland provinces. The Chabahar Port is meant to serve as an essential node to a multi-modal transportation network for the movement of goods and passengers between Iran, Afghanistan, and India. During the final phase of its development, the port is expected to be capable of handling 20 million tons of trade annually. To learn more, follow the link in our bio.
Today, the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are meeting President Trump at the White House. These countries are of the few NATO members on track to meet the defense spending goal.