Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:52 PM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to dismantle a missile-engine test facility and a missile launchpad in northwest North Korea, steps that indicate a willingness to curtail Pyongyang’s ability to build new nuclear weapons but fall short of denuclearization, reports the New York Times.

The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo are considering a proposition to redraw Kosovo’s borders along ethnic lines—an idea that many fear will inflame racial tensions and result in violence, says the Times.

The Trump administration’s reimposition of sanctions on Iranian oil has resulted in plummeting Iranian oil exports, but it has not yet affected the price of oil and gasoline in America. However, potential Iranian retaliation through cyberattacks, incitement of violence in Iraq, or a revival of its nuclear program may overtake Washington’s current tactical advantage, according to the Times.

Russia-Israel coordination in Syria faced a hurdle on Monday when a Russian military plane was shot down over the Mediterranean by Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Initially, Russia blamed Israel—a move that could exacerbate Russia’s alliance with both Israel and Syria, reports the Times.

On Monday, Moscow blamed Israel for the loss of the an aircraft shot down over Syria, but recanted on Tuesday and said Israel did not down the plane, says Haaretz.

The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China has investors concerned about an economic cold war between the nationsa possibility that will damage both economies, reports the Times.

Amidst legal challenges against the Army about unfair and abrupt discharges on the basis of immigrant status, a new email has surfaced asking lawyers in the Army Reserve to search the dismissed recruits’ security files “to determine whether the applicants admitted to or provided information about a crime,” according to the Times.

Yesterday on Lawfare

J. Dana Stuster posted this week’s Middle East Ticker on a DMZ deal for Idlib, changes in the U.S.’s plans for a U.N. meeting, and the Saudi-Emirati offensive to retake Hodeidah.

Nick Blanchette assessed the content of the House and Senate Intelligence Authorization bills for Fiscal 2019, from foreign interference in U.S. elections to cybersecurity.

Stewart Baker posted this week’s episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, a conversation with Michael Chertoff covering privacy, data, and the government, as well as European institutions’ measures to implement new regulations.

Jen Patja Howell posted this week’s edition of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes sat down to speak with Bruce Schneier about his new book, “Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World.

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