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Russian Missile Strike on Kyiv Kills 3

Russia targeted the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, yet again with a missile attack in the early hours of Thursday, killing three people, including a mother and child who were not able to get into a shelter, as the NYT reports.

NATO Presses Turkey on Sweden

NATO on Thursday ramped up pressure on member nation Turkey to drop its objections to Sweden’s membership as the military organization seeks to deal with the issue by the time U.S. President Joe Biden and his counterparts meet next month, as the AP reports.

CSIS Commission on Hostage Taking and Wrongful Detention Launched

A new CSIS commission, launched partly in response to Russia’s detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, aims to help tackle the challenges the U.S. faces over the rising number of Americans unjustly detained abroad, as the WSJ reports.

Dive Deeper: Click here for more information on the bipartisan Commission chaired by former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Senator Jean Shaheen (D-NH).

Executive Education

Renewing the U.S. Innovation System is a one-day executive course for insights on ongoing efforts to renew the U.S. innovation system, including the CHIPS and Science Act and its implications for business and policy decisions. This course will provide industry leaders, diplomats, and policymakers with an understanding of the pillars of the U.S. innovation ecosystem, the challenges it faces, and often instructive new initiatives of allies and competitors.

Video Shorts

Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “The Recap,” “Data Unpacked,” “Testify,” “What's Happening,” “Preview,” and “High Resolution.” And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!

In That Number


Earth has pushed past seven out of eight scientifically established safety limits and into “the danger zone,” according to the Earth Commission.

Source: AP

Critical Quote

At a time when Americans are divided on many issues, we are 100% united on the proposition that our countrymen and women held captive in foreign lands should be returned home immediately. Our bipartisan effort on this front must succeed.

— Robert O’Brien, former National Security Adviser and co-chair, CSIS Commission on Hostage Taking and Wrongful Detention

iDeas Lab

Remote Visualization

CSIS expert Victor Cha testified before the House Rules Committee on May 10, 2023, examining China's coercive economic tactics.

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


Photo: Roman Pilipey/Getty Images

Photo: Roman Pilipey/Getty Images

​Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko sits with others in a school's shelter during an air raid alert, near a clinic that was damaged following a Russian missile attack on June 1, 2023, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Recommended Reading

"CSIS Launches Bipartisan Commission on Hostage Taking and Wrongful Detention" - CSIS Press Release.

This Town Next Week

On Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development hosts Joaquin Castro for keynote remarks on U.S. government support for innovation in global development. 

Also on Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m., the CSIS Australia Chair holds a conversation with Ambassador Kevin Rudd, offering insight into Australia's expanding role in the Indo-Pacific.

And, on Thursday, at 8:30 a.m., the CSIS Asia Program hosts Senator Dan Sullivan, to discuss why Taiwan's security matters for the U.S. and to the world.


Today, CSIS hosted Deputy Assistant to the President Anne Neuberger, Under Secretary Rob Silvers, and TSA Administrator David Pekoske to discuss the Biden administration's cyber plans for critical infrastructure. Watch the full video here.


Photo: CSIS

​ CSIS's Danielle Fallin, Karen Lee, and Greg B. Poling are joined by the Asia Society Policy Institute's Elina Noor to discuss clean energy and decarbonization in Southeast Asia.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


A few weeks ago I posted the coolest moment at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. But it was an audience recording. Here’s the professional recording. In my view, it’s one of the great performances in Jazz Fest history. Here’s Mumford and Sons with Jon Batiste, Trombone Shorty and Celisse. This one cuts deep.

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