Despite predictions that their nations would be divided, the G-20 leaders said today they will take unified action against the global recession. On Reporter's Notebook, the US is vulnerable to a cyber attack that could shut down banks, public utilities and transportation systems as well as the Pentagon. What will it take to make them secure?
FROM THIS EPISODE
Leaders of the world's largest economies are proclaiming success for their G-20 summit, promising concerted action against the global recession. The US and Britain say they got what they wanted. Sarkozy of France says it's “more than we could have hoped for.” Germany's Merkel calls it “almost historic.” We hear what's been accomplished, and what's been left out. For President Obama, it's on to the 60th anniversary of NATO. What's the modern role of history's most successful alliance? How much help will the US get in Afghanistan? Will NATO expansion continue in the direction of Russia?
Toby Helm, Political Correspondent, Observer
Charles Kupchan, Council on Foreign Relations / Georgetown University (@CFR_org)
Michael Williams, Professor of International Relations, University of London
Masha Lipman, Political analyst, Carnegie Moscow Center
A cyberattack could shut down transportation systems, public utilities and private companies as well as military installations. The Washington Post reports that Senators from both political parties are about to introduce legislation creating a White House office with unprecedented power over computer networks, both public and private. Their proposals are based on the recommendations of Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency, a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where James Lewis is director of the Commission on Cybersecurity.
More From To the Point
The silent suffering of Myanmar's Rohingya Former supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Myanmar, are demanding that she give up her Nobel Peace Prize. She's been silent about vicious atrocities committed by the military in her Buddhist-majority country. We get the background of a humanitarian crisis that's not as simple as it looks.
Raids, warrants and wiretaps: Mueller's investigation heats up Recent revelations spell bad news for Paul Manafort, President Trump's one-time campaign chair. We get a progress report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's involvement in last year's presidential campaign.
Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea President Trump played Good-Cop Bad-Cop today in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. He told world leaders the US is ready to "destroy" North Korea — while saying that nations should work together… each in its own self-interest.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Lari Pittman: Finding beauty in the grotesque Lari Pittman is not an easy painter. While some artists are minimalists, Pittman is a maximalist. Every inch of his large canvases is covered in images. His frenetic, complex pieces… Read More
Introducing There Goes the Neighborhood The beige stucco apartment building at 240 Robinson Street has nice a Spanish arch to the front windows and a red tile roof. It looks like a lot of other buildings in this part of town. The small, rent-controlled apartment building is in Rampart Village. The area is best known for Tommy’s Burgers and a police corruption scandal in the 1990s. Read More