The Evening: Biden to G7, Ukraine-Russia Grain Deal, Althea, and More

Biden to G7

President Biden will seek to maintain unity among allies in supporting Ukraine and countering China’s economic clout at a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, as the threat of default in the U.S. complicates that message and prompts him to curtail his international travel, as the WSJ reports.

Ukraine-Russia Grain Deal

Ukraine and Russia agreed on Wednesday to a two-month extension of a wartime agreement that allows Ukraine to ship its grain across the Black Sea, easing uncertainty over a deal seen as vital for preventing famine in other parts of the world, as the NYT reports.

Russia Damages Patriot System

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again called on allies to provide more air defense assets following a barrage of Russian airstrikes on Kyiv. Ukraine’s military shot down 18 missiles during the attacks on the capital, Zelensky said, but more support is needed to protect the entire country, as The Washington Post reports.

Executive Education

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Video Shorts

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In That Number


Global temperatures are likely exceed 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels for the first time in human history within the next five years, the World Meteorological Organization has said in its latest annual assessment.

Source: FT

Critical Quote

I’ve made clear America is not a deadbeat nation, we pay our bills.

— President Joe Biden

iDeas Lab

Remote Visualization

CSIS was joined by Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) to discuss how the United States can maximize the regional economic impact of the CHIPS and Science Act. 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: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Samuel Altman, CEO of OpenAI, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law May 16, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Recommended Reading

"Six Questions Every DOD AI and Autonomy Program Manager Needs to Be Prepared to Answer" by CSIS's Gregory C. Allen.

This Town Tomorrow

At 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program unpacks cyber defense in Ukraine and what it means for the future of cybersecurity.

Then, at 3:00 p.m., the CSIS Korea Chair discusses the growing technology race in Asia, artificial intelligence, and the future of U.S.-China competition.

Also, at 9:30 a.m., AEI and Brookings unpack policy discussions around regulating US outbound investment.


Today, the CSIS Australia Chair held a conversation on Australia's New Defence Strategic Review with Sir Angus Houston, co-lead of the review, with introductory remarks by former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Watch the video here.


Photo: iLab/CSIS

Photo: iLab/CSIS

Dr. Ashish Jah, White House Covid Response Coordinator, joins CSIS expert J. Stephen Morrison to unpack the end of pandemic wartime and the "great unwinding." 

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