The Evening: Canadian Wildfires, Ukraine Battlefield Altered, JRAD Sunshine, and More

Canadian Wildfires

More than 400 active wildfires were burning across Canada on Wednesday, according to the authorities, exacerbating a wildfire season that has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, created a sense of anxiety across the sprawling country and triggered air quality alerts hundreds of miles south in the United States, as the NYT reports.

Burst Dam Alters Ukraine Battlefield

Floodwaters continued to rise on Wednesday after a major dam and power station in a Russian-occupied part of Ukraine were destroyed, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and throwing a curveball on the battlefield, as The Wall Street Journal reports.

Blinken to Visit China

US secretary of state Antony Blinken will travel to China this month, in the latest sign that Beijing and Washington are beginning to stabilize a turbulent bilateral relationship that had sunk to the lowest point in decades, as the FT reports.

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In That Number


As of Wednesday, nearly 2,300 wildfires have burned roughly 9.4 million acres in Canada. That’s nearly 13 times more than the 10-year average for this time of year.

Source: The Washington Post

Critical Quote

This is a scary time for a lot of people.

— Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

​ The Statue of Liberty stands shrouded in a reddish haze as a result of Canadian wildfires on June 6, 2023 in New York City.

Recommended Reading

A Conversation with Ambassador Kevin Rudd, Australia’s New Ambassador to the United States” Transcript from CSIS event hosted on June 6, 2023.

This Town Tomorrow

At 8:30 a.m., the CSIS Asia Program hosts Senator Dan Sullivan, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to discuss Taiwan's security. 

Later, at 11:00 a.m., the CSIS International Security Program examines Haiti's mounting security issues.

And, at 3:00 p.m., the Carnegie Endowment hosts a conversation on the future of the U.S.-India partnership as competition with China is on the rise.


Last month, CSIS's Matthew Reynolds testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific. Reynolds discusses what he told Congress, in about 2 minutes.



​CSIS's Bonny Lin is joined by Dr. Michael J. Green to discuss U.S-China competition for influence in the Pacific Islands following President Biden’s trip to Asia.

Listen on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


While the Dead & Co are out making waves on tour this summer, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (JRAD) is also keeping alive the Grateful Dead’s words and music. And make no mistake, JRAD’s version of “Here Comes Sunshine” live at Pier Six in Baltimore is worth paying attention to. Scroll to 8:16.

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