The Evening: Abrams Tanks to Ukraine, Finland’s NATO Bid, Long Time Gone, and More

M1 Abrams Tanks to Ukraine

The Biden administration plans to send M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, in what would be a major step in arming Kyiv as it tries to seize back its territory from Russia, as the NYT reports.

Finland Could Join NATO without Sweden

Finland still hopes to join NATO alongside its neighbor Sweden but could be forced to reconsider if Stockholm’s application is stalled, the Finnish foreign minister said Tuesday, as The Washington Post reports.

Janet Yellen Expects EV Subsidy Rules to Prompt New Trade Deals

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Japan and the European Union would need to negotiate new trade agreements with the U.S. to meet the mineral-sourcing requirements for an overhauled electric-vehicle tax subsidy, as the WSJ reports.

Executive Education

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Video Shorts

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In That Number

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The 400 French troops who have been fighting Islamist militants in Burkina Faso will have to leave the West African nation, the country’s communications minister said Monday, dealing another blow to Europe’s presence in a region where Russia’s influence is growing.

Source: WSJ

Critical Quote

“Tragedy upon tragedy.”

— California governor Gavin Newsom

iDeas Lab

 

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IDeas Lab


New satellite imagery shows that dramatic and ongoing construction progress continues throughout the eastern and central sections of North Korea's ​​​Sohae Satellite Launching Station. 

The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.

Optics

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Photo credit: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images


(Photo credit: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images.) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi examines buildings destroyed by shelling during his visit in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on January 24, 2023. 

This Town Tomorrow

At 4:00 p.m., the CSIS International Security Program hosts Mark Esper, former U.S. secretary of defense, to discuss the state of the U.S. defense industrial base and his latest book, A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times.

Earlier, at 8:00 a.m., the CSIS Freeman Chair hosts a discussion on Hong Kong’s political and economic status.
 
And, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Americas Program holds a conversation on how the United States can partner with Latin American countries to transition to clean energy technologies for mining.

Video

This morning, the CSIS China Power Project hosted a virtual debate on the proposition: “China can work with the United States to provide cooperative global economic leadership to help the world economy function effectively.” Watch the full event here.

Podcasts

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CSIS’s Seth G. Jones joins the podcast to talk about his new report, “Empty Bins in a Wartime Environment: The Challenge to the U.S. Defense Industrial Base” which underscores that the U.S. defense industrial base is not adequately prepared for the international security environment that now exists. 

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Smiles

“Speak out, you got to speak out against the madness
You got to speak your mind if you dare”

One of the coolest things about David Crosby was his late career resurgence. He surrounded himself with young musicians and created powerful new music. Beginning in 2014 through last December, Crosby released 5 albums of new material and a live record with the Lighthouse Band. He also reinterpreted some of his classics, often with Steely Dan-esque arrangements