Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:40 PM

A gunman opened fire on a meeting between Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller—the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan—and Afghan provincial officials, at least three of whom were killed in the attack. At least three Americans were wounded and Gen. Miller, the target of the attack, was unharmed, reports the Washington Post.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that he will not attend the Future Investment Initiative conference scheduled for next week in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after bipartisan backlash stemming from his decision to attend despite the disappearance of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, reports the New York Times.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked President Trump to give the Saudi government a few more days to publish its own findings on the disappearance of Khashoggi, reports the Post.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is concerned that U.S. talks with the Taliban undermine the legitimacy of the Afghan government, says the Times. Last week, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan reportedly met with Taliban representatives in Qatar without notifying President Ghani.

President Trump has threatened to deploy the military to the U.S. southern border and close the border r if the recent surge of Latin American asylum-seeking migrants are allowed to pass through Mexico, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with his Chinese counterpart in an attempt to promote increased military communication between the nations and to prevent further deterioration of U.S.-China relations, says the Wall Street Journal.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Elaine Korzak and Herb Lin proposed the creation of a new international organization, modeled after the Red Cross, that would provide impartial assistance and relief to entities affected by serious cyber attacks

Jessica Marsden analyzed the effect of President Trump’s tweets on federal prosecutors’ decision to pursue the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov, the man accused of the Oct. 31, 2017 vehicular terrorist attack in New York.

In this week’s edition of SinoTech, Rachel Brown and Wenqing Zhao discuss Vice President Mike Pence’s statements against Chinese intellectual property theft, Bloomberg Businessweek’s report on an alleged supply chain hack by the Chinese, and other U.S.-China policy-related news.

Jen Patja Howell posted this week’s episode of Rational Security, a conversation about the foreign policy crisis arising from Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, alleged attacks planned in Europe by Iran, and the expansion of U.S. foreign aid to curtail Chinese ambitions.

Mikhaila Fogel highlighted the criminal complaint against Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, the Treasury Department employee who leaked sensitive transaction reports to the press.

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