The Evening: Brazilians Detained, Ukraine Resistance, Tulsa King, and More

1,200 Detained in Brazil After Pro-Bolsonaro Riots

At least 1,200 protesters were detained for questioning in the wake of the storming of Brazil’s capital buildings, as the authorities began dismantling the tent city where supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro had been camping out since he lost October’s election, as the NYT reports.

Ukraine Holds Front-Line City

Russian forces launched an intense new assault near the front-line city of Bakhmut on Monday, while Ukrainian soldiers resisted a six-month assault on the area, cementing it as a key symbolic prize in the war, as the WSJ reports.

Mexico May Accept More Migrants Expelled by U.S.

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said Monday in the leadup to this week’s summit of North American leaders that he would consider accepting more migrants than previously announced under President Joe Biden’s plan to turn away people from four nations who cross illegally into the United States, as the AP reports.

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In That Number


Brazilian authorities detained more than 1,000 supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro and removed Brasilia’s federal district governor, a key ally, from his post Monday after protesters stormed the presidential palace a day earlier, in what officials said was an attempt to overthrow the country’s newly-elected president.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Critical Quote

“They will not succeed in destroying Brazilian democracy.”

— Flávio Dino, Brazilian Justice Minister

iDeas Lab

War with China was once unimaginable but is now a frequent topic of analysis and discussion. CSIS ran 24 iterations of a wargame to see how such a conflict might play out. The bottom line: although in most scenarios Taiwan endured as an autonomous and democratic entity, the costs were staggering for all involved.

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


(Photo credit: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images.) A demonstrator shouts at security forces during the dismantling of a camp set up by supporters of Brazil's far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro in front of the Army headquarters in Brasilia on January 9, 2023.

Recommended Reading

The First Battle of the Next War: Wargaming a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan” by CSIS’s Mark F. Cancian, and Matthew Cancian and Eric Heginbotham.

This Town Tomorrow

At 1:00 p.m., the CSIS Ukraine Economic Reconstruction Commission launches its report on the critical role of private sector investment in Ukraine’s economic reconstruction.

Earlier, at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program explores government action on open source software from around the world.

Also at 10:00 a.m., Brookings, in partnership with CSIS, hosts a discussion on human capital dynamics and respective policy approaches between the U.S. and China.


Today, the CSIS International Security Program launched a new report with insights from a wargame modeling a Chinese amphibious invasion of Taiwan. Watch the full video here.


Tatiana Serafin and Nikolas Gvosdev from The Doorstep podcast join a new episode of the Truth of the Matter to discuss the latest in the Russia-Ukraine war.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


I’m basically a sucker for anything that Taylor Sheridan creates/writes/produces: Yellowstone, 1883, 1923, Mayor of Kingstown, and now Tulsa King starring Sylvester Stallone.

In show after show, Sheridan establishes communities that are easy for viewers to become absorbed in. “1923,” Sheridan’s new Yellowstone prequel, is a stunning addition to the Western cannon. Starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, it is not to be missed. “Tulsa King” is a bit more surprising. At first, it feels a bit campy and trite. But stick with it. It quickly becomes nuanced and endearing. Indeed, it may be one of Stallone’s finest hours this side of the first “Rocky.” As with all great shows, the soundtrack sweetens and conditions the visual. The episode I watched last night concluded with Tom Petty’s “Saving Grace.” The track is one of Petty’s more obscure tunes from the mostly forgotten “Highway Companion” album. Boy does it deliver in Tulsa King.

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