The Evening: Avoiding Shutdown, Kremlin Warns NATO, The Wall Song, and More

Johnson Commits to Avoiding Shutdown During White House Meeting

Speaker Mike Johnson made “unequivocally” clear that he wants to avoid a government shutdown during a private Tuesday meeting with President Joe Biden and other congressional leaders, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Biden's stalled request for Ukraine aid, however, remains more in doubt, as Politico reports.

Kremlin Warns Against NATO Ground Intervention

A provocative comment by President Emmanuel Macron of France about the possibility of putting troops from NATO countries in Ukraine has prompted a warning from the Kremlin and hurried efforts by European leaders to distance themselves from the suggestion, as the NYT reports.

Potential Ramadan Cease-Fire

President Biden said Israel has agreed to halt the war in Gaza during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan if Hamas releases hostages, but the remarks were met with skepticism, as the WSJ reports.

PA Shake-Up but Abbas Clings to Power

The wholesale resignation of the Palestinian prime minister and his cabinet Monday set the stage for a “revitalized” Palestinian Authority, as The Washington Post reports.

Executive Education

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Audio Briefs

CSIS experts give short, spoken-word summaries on the biggest takeaways from their latest reports, white papers, and commentaries—in their own words.

Listen here: "What Will the United States Do after the Drone Strike in Jordan?" with CSIS's Jon B. Alterman.

In That Number


The Czech Republic has identified about 800,000 artillery shells that could be purchased immediately from outside the European Union, and has offered to acquire, ship, and deliver them to Ukraine if provided with funding.
Source: FT

Critical Quote

“We are not interested in engaging with what’s been floated, because it does not fulfill our demands.”

— Ahmad Abdelhadi, Hamas

iDeas Lab

Photo: CSIS

On February 6th, the CSIS Futures Lab hosted a discussion on the Federal Civilian Executive Branch perspective on cybersecurity. Watch the ReCap here.

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


Photo credit: Ashraf Amra/Anadolu/AFP/Getty Images

Photo credit: Ashraf Amra/Anadolu/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians wait for humanitarian aid airdrop at the beach in Deir al Balah, Gaza, on February 27, 2024.

Recommended Reading

Russia, Ukraine, and Global Food Security: A Two-Year Assessment” by CSIS's Caitlin Welsh. 

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies holds a discussion on Article 23, implications for Hong Kong’s business environment and civil society, and Washington’s response. 

Later, at 1:30 p.m., the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program discusses the U.S. electric power sector, focusing on the new load growth era. 

Earlier, at 10:00 a.m., the Wilson Center hosts their 11th Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference. 


Yesterday, the CSIS Renewing American Innovation Project hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo for a major policy address on "Investing in Leading-Edge Technology: An Update on CHIPS Act Implementation." Watch full the video here.


The Asia Chessboard

The Asia Chessboard

In the latest episode of The Asia Chess Board, Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, joins to discuss the contemporary and historical factors encouraging India and the United States to expand their partnership. 

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


Another one of my favorite artists to listen to while I’m in Malibu is the incomparable David Crosby. His work with CSNY, CSN, and The Byrds is a given. But it’s also his solo work and 1971 album with Graham Nash that I often dial up. This track is an outtake from his first solo record “If I Could Only Remember My Name” and the ’71 record “Crosby & Nash.” It’s called “The Wall Song” and as you will hear, the outtake features Jerry Garcia on lead guitar along with the Dead’s Billy Kreutzmann on drums and Phil Lesh on bass. You can’t find it too many places. My friend Steve Silberman turned the world on to the tune by featuring it on his podcast with Croz, “Freak Flag Flying.” I save “The Wall Song” for drives through Topanga Canyon.

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